Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Art Experience

Our history class had a rare opportunity to see some spectacular art, not in Toronto, New York or Paris, but right in our own backyard.

Sarnia and south western Ontario are very fortunate to be one of only three stops in Canada for a magnificent traveling collection of art.  The Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is on display at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in downtown Sarnia.  Web LINK

Our first-year History of Art and Photography took great pleasure in viewing the collection on a quiet afternoon.  The 75 pieces of art from this monumental collection include incredible works of art by world-renowned artists such as Constable, Copley, Dali, Freud, Gainsborough, Sargent, Sickert, Sisley, Sutherland, and Turner, and by seminal artists in the history of Canadian art such as Carr, Harris, Krieghoff, and Morrice.

We studied, viewed, photographed and laid on the ground in front of inspiring art that we had seen only in small reproductions.  Seeing the art in person is a completely different experience, and our students were affected very positively by the experience.

The exhibition continues until Feb. 7th, 2016.  If you get the chance, don't miss the opportunity!  Several of our students have returned multiple times to fully digest the collection.  Learning from the masters is invaluable.  Seeing is Believing.

Thanks to the Alix gallery for allowing our students to take in the collection and to the volunteers for encouraging and informing us  about the works.

Erin Percival and Eric Davison listen to a volunteer given some insight to the art.
Gina Roberson listens intently to the audio tour in front of a portrait of Lord Beaverbrook, the man behind the collection.
Some of the incredible detail, this one from a painting by Canadian Cornelius Krieghoff

At the encouragement of the gallery volunteers, Jesscia Datema got down to the floor for the unique perspective on the massive painting, Salvador Dali's Santiago El Grande

Everyone found their own unique viewing perspectives and angles to take in the work.  Raspal Singh and Seth Myers lay on their backs as others take photographic images from all angles.

Christina Watts, looks happy with the artistic experience.
While a group of students stand in awe of the Dali, Nicole Bowles reads more information about one of her favourite pieces.

John Seo and Atena Abdolrazagh take some photographic records of the art in one of the rooms at the Alix Gallery.

Nikoo Shahabi Sirjani, takes an image of John Seo in front of one of her favourite pieces of art.  Nikoo saw a resemblance between John and the subject.
The Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in downtown Sarnia.

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