Category Archives: Visual arts

From Dashavatars to Avatars!

An Ancient Hindu Belief

According to Hindu sacred texts the god Vishnu once descended to Earth in the form of 10 different beings (including a fish and a boar). These different forms were called Dashavatara. You can see them in the beautiful painting below (click to enlarge) which is from Jaipur, India.

Fast Forward to the 2000s

Most of you have seen James Cameron’s 3D blockbuster – Avatar – which is the story of of a man who visits a planet and interacts with aliens “virtually” through the use of a physical avatar.

And finally, many of you are familiar with the notion of an avatar because you play video games.

Why should you have your own avatar? Continue reading

Abenaki Artist Sylvain Rivard Drops By For A Visit | St-Lawrence School

Yesterday, we were lucky enough to welcome First Nations artist Sylvain Rivard into our classroom.

Sylvain’s art – both  traditional and contemporary – springs from his Abenaki heritage.

His visit is part of a wider exploration of questions like:

What is art?

What is art for?

Why are there so many different styles of art?

Which type of art is “better”?

Who invented art?

 

Stay tuned this week for students blogging about his visit!

 

Justin Wonnacott Visits St-Lawrence School

Guess who visited our classroom today? –   professional photographer/artist. and  Visual Arts professor Justin Wonnacott.

Wonnacott is traveling across Canada to chronicle the art projects of hundreds of students who have benefited from the ArtsSmarts grants that bring artists like Sylvain Rivard into our classrooms.

Check the Comment Boxes below for what our students will remember!