Students get taste of the arts

Education: Banded Peak School celebrates a day of creativity

By: by Carmen Solana-Martin

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 06:00 am

From left: Jackson Macht, Ronan Furlong and Josh Neufeld create collages during Banded Peak School’s Fine Arts Day on Jan. 23.
From left: Jackson Macht, Ronan Furlong and Josh Neufeld create collages during Banded Peak School’s Fine Arts Day on Jan. 23.
Carmen Solana-Martin/OWW

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Bragg Creek students were inspired to discover new talents with the help of artists in their community during a day full of creativity.

Over 300 kindergarten to grade eight students spent the day exploring artistic expression during the third annual Banded Peak School Fine Arts Day on Jan. 23.

Teacher Kelsey Wicktor Neumeister said participating in Fine Arts Day helps students learn to take creative risks and hear from experts in their fields.

“It is our chance to tap into our community which is full of super creative and artistic people,” said Wicktor Neumeister, who is also chair of the Fine Arts Committee

Students were able to choose from 26 sessions ranging from dance, visual arts, drama, and music, taught by 35 local and regional artisans.

Parent Baruch Laskin, a member of the Fine Arts Committee and one of the participating artists, said the students gained exposure to new mediums that they may have never tried before.

“It gives students the opportunity to tap into their creative and artistic sides,” he said.

Laskin said the fine arts are an important part of the students’ education.

“Arts, academics, and physical education are all equally important,” he said. “Fine Arts Day is also a lot of fun and something the teachers, students, and community, look forward to.”

Grade eight student Anna Sinclair said she enjoyed her sessions which included sand painting and drama.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to explore things that you might not get a chance to explore,” she said.

As an upcoming graduate, this was Sinclair’s last Fine Arts Day.

“I really enjoyed all of my sessions and wish I could experience another one because they are great and outstanding,” she said. “I felt really blessed to be one of the students to participate in a day like this because it was full of amazing experiences.”

Banded Peak School Principal Deborah McLaren said there are many generous artists in the community that are willing to share their talents with the students.

“The day gives students the opportunity to discover new things about themselves whether it be the process or the final product of their creations,” she said. “It is truly a celebration of creativity and community. It’s an amazing and remarkable day and for some students it will actually be life changing because they will be inspired to develop a passion for the arts.”

McLaren said the parents and staff are committed to organizing the event each year so students can spend the day immersed in the arts.

“This day would not have happened without the Fine Arts Committee and planning (for next year) starts tomorrow,” she said. “That’s how long it takes to put together a day like this.”


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