“Art is not made for anybody, and is, at the same time, for everybody” – Piet Mondrian
These words welcomed Kingsdale students, staff, families, and supporters at its Art Exhibition and Fundraiser; perfectly setting the tone for a community coming together to learn from and bask in the students’ artistic inspiration and talents.
Kingsdale’s gymnasium was unrecognizable as it was filled with paintings, masks, sketches, flags, and even some magic wands. The gym was truly transformed into a chic art gallery, bursting with color, organized by specific artists and styles. This open concept allowed visitors to roam around the gallery; often with enthusiastic student artists acting as their gallery guides.
In addition to the artwork, biographies of well-known artists were displayed, providing important historical context and meaning to their most important works. In preparation for the Art Exhibition, Kingsdale students were introduced to artists like Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo, and Alma Thomas.
The Art Exhibition also challenged the notion of who an artist is and what can be considered art as hockey masks designed by students in honor of Jacques Plante, Harry Potter-inspired pieces, and personalized takes on the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster were displayed.
Giulia Carosielli, Kingsdale Academy’s art teacher emphasized the importance of artistic expression and allowing students the freedom to explore and challenge their creativity. Overseeing the planning and creation of nearly 4,000 pieces of work can be a daunting task but Ms. Carosielli’s passion and enthusiasm are infectious as she guides her students through their artistic discovery journeys.
A special thanks to Ms. Carosielli and her team for organizing such an incredible event. We can’t wait to see what the talented artists at Kingsdale Academy will do next. Congratulations!!