We empower student-artists to investigate their lives through personal inquiry. Boys explore themes of self, becoming independent and courageous enough to create new possibilities.
“Part of teaching is helping people create themselves.”
“My slogan is ‘wide-awakeness.’ To be awake is to take risks, to see things that you probably would not want to see. We have to teach that—an awareness, a courage to see. Without it, we’ll just be for profit, and not for meaning.” (Maxine Greene)
“In order to work and become an artist one needs love. At least, one who wants sentiment in his work must in the first place feel it himself, and live with his heart….
Love a friend, love a wife, something, whatever you like, but one must love with a lofty and serious intimate sympathy, with strength, with intelligence, and one must try to know deeper, better, and more.”
Portfolio recognition by major national and international colleges, institutions, and universities. Extraordinary post-secondary placements at recognized Art Institutions: Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Queen's University, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Ontario College of Art and Design, Concordia University, California Institute of the Arts.
In their Grade 12 graduating year visual art students can apply for the “District Dogwood- visual art scholarship”. This scholarship is awarded by the province and is an award of $1000.00 that can be used at any Canadian post secondary institution. Students must submit 8 original finished art pieces and a sketchbook /process documentation along with their application documentation. Applicants will have an informal interview with a panel of professional artists who will adjudicate the work of all students. The timeline varies from year to year, but generally happens in the third week of April. Applications with guidelines for submissions can be picked up at Bill Collin’s office.
This is an annual student run & managed sale of prints and pots that takes place the first week of December. This artwork is created by the boys during first term. Each boy selects a body of his work, prices each piece and is present at the print and pot
sale, to sell his artwork. In keeping with the seasonal spirit of ‘giving’, each boy may contribute a portion to his sales to the Hamper Drive.
Each year we invite professional artists to share in their creative journey with our boys. Artists spend a prolonged period of time working on a piece of work from inception to completion at the same time as our students. Each year we select artists whose work relates to themes or experimentations being explored in studio. These artists are an invigorating force in the studios. They help the boys set higher expectations for themselves, and build confidence in their own vision. Past Artists in Residence include, Etienne Zack, Ben Reeves, Andy Dixon, David Edwards, Nick Lepard, Michael Abraham, Gailan Ngan, Noel O'Connell, and Clive Tucker.
The Art Department invites a number of practicing artists into the studios on a regular basis during the course of the school year.
The visiting artists make presentations contextualizing their work and they give demonstrations of technique and process. They make themselves available to students and the interactions that take place become valuable learning experiences for both students and staff.
Artists bring current practices, fresh perspectives and insight into the art world. They share life experiences and their artistic practice. They open doors to the possibilities of art as a fulfilling career choice.
The programme is essential and inspirational. It infuses aspiring artists with new ideas and enthusiasm. This builds confidence and benefits everyone's creative process.
We have forged enduring relationships with a number of artists.
Artists visiting St George's have included Michael Abraham,Kinichi Shigeno, D'Arcy Margesson, Tam Irving, Vincent Massey, Martin Peters, and Brian Boulton.
During his years as a student at St. George's School, Philip proved himself a scholar, athlete, and artist of considerable merit, much to the high regard of his classmates and teachers. He maintained credible achievement in the “A” class, while participating fully in the athletic program of the school, winning both the Under-14 and Under-16 Aggregate Trophies, the latter even as he struggled with the disease that led to his death just three months later. Philip had already excelled in Archery, winning the Canadian Junior Archery Championship in 1972. In spite of these attainments, he was a quiet, humble person with a hint of a smile when he spoke. These aspects of his personality dominated his work in the Fine Arts. His pottery was some of the finest done in the School and, as with his painting and drawing, was of quality such that future recipients of a Rigg Scholarship could consider such recognition of their work an honour indeed.
With the gracious support of the family of Philip Rigg (1960-1975), The Visual Arts Department is pleased to be able to recognize the accomplishments of our students in their passion for the arts. The Rigg Scholarship goes each year to Visual Arts students in Grade 11 who exhibit a genuine love of art, a commitment to the program, and talent. They are then expected to lead the program in the coming year and to operate as mentors to younger students.
The Annual Rigg Scholarship exhibitions highlight individual artistic achievement within the Saint Georges community. Each year grade eleven scholarship applicants are invited to display their portfolio’s in the great hall as part of a collaborative, juried art show. Successful candidates display evidence of Head, Heart, and Hand within their body of work. Students are selected from this annual exhibition to receive the distinguished Rigg Scholarship tittle and leadership position within the art department.
In conjunction with the Rigg Applicant exhibition, the current Rigg Scholars are invited to display their senior art portfolios in the lower great hall gallery space as a celebration of their artistic achievement and year of leadership. We celebrate the student’s success with a gallery walk and luncheon with special guest, Mr. Andrew Rigg.
The Art Department at St. George's offers many classes covering an extensive skills base and wide gamut of interests. Our department covers Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpting, Animation, Computer Graphics, Video, Painting, and Drawing. The range of materials and facilities are extensive and offer just about anything to satisfy the hunger of a curious mind fed by an unlimited imagination. In addition to our scheduled courses, we offer a variety of clubs to enhance skills learned in the classroom. The Art Department clubs have something for everyone. We encourage our students to go beyond what is covered in class and to explore everything that art has to offer. Thanks to our wonderful facilities and support of the auxiliary, we are able to create a variety of opportunities for students to take their work beyond the classroom to further round their knowledge of art and have a fun time learning in the process.
Visual Arts Life Drawing classes are held in the upper art room and are open to all students and staff. A professional artist who provides the club with invaluable insights into rendering the human figure hosts each session. Students find it fun, challenging, and a great way to hone their observational drawing skills.
Visual Art Clubs are informal opportunities for boys to socialize in a mixed grade setting. There is always a lot of collaborative problem solving and conversations about "how did you do that?”
It is a place where boys can create something with their hands and challenge their minds in a creative sense. While the club is an extension of the classes, neither would be as successful without the other. Creativity is a journey that needs to be nurtured and supported, and our clubs add to and support our studio community.
Here the students who are familiar with the studio are able to put extra time into their class work, learn new approaches, or just practice and experiment to strengthen their skills. Students use the studios after school each day and over lunchtime on Tuesday and Thursday.
Portfolio Club aims to teach students about visually documenting and presenting their work. Our regular classes aim not only to foster skills in art, but also to prepare our students for life outside of school should they choose to pursue a career in art or take it on as a serious side-line to other career goals. In today's competitive job market in which visual literacy is becoming ubiquitous, visual examples of creative thinking can give any candidate the edge whether its graphic design or accounting.