ELMWOOD WINTER ARTS RECAP

by Emily Lim, Visual Arts Teacher

The arts programs at Elmwood have had many successful showings of their work this season. The theatre program presented Twelfth Night from February 28 - March 3. The actors added a 1920’s New York setting, adding in jazz, dancing, and flapper costumes. Shakespeare yet again showed us that he is a master at comedy and the actors developed the humour with amazing comedic timing and staging. Congratulations to Rebecca Benson for her creative and playful direction.

The Improv team is in full swing practicing for the regional competition that will be held here at Elmwood from March 21 - 23. Rae-Anna Maitland continues to direct the Edinburgh Fringe Festival group, who will travel to Scotland in August for two weeks to perform their original piece of theatre, see many shows, and tour Scotland and London.

The Elmwood bands competed in the regional music festival at Earl of March S.S. twice in the past month. The grade 6 and 8 combined wind ensemble and the senior jazz combo won three golds and were invited to nationals in Toronto. The senior wind ensemble and the grade 7 wind ensemble received two silvers and a gold. Congratulations to Nick Gummeson, who has rebuilt the band program at Elmwood in such a short time! 

The grade 11 and 12 visual arts students each put one piece of artwork on display at the Galerie Old Chelsea from February 15-28. The show was called “Expand” and the grade 12 students chose Lorrie Whiten’s painting as the poster cover. The exhibition had a vernissage for students, parents, and friends to celebrate the achievements of our artists.

In January, the grade 11 art class went to the Ottawa School of Art for a printing workshop with artist Deidre Hierlihy to print their plexiglass etchings.