How wonderful to have a former student spend her interim semester with me and my students. Chelsea Fairclough is a grade nine student and artist at SAS. Last year, Chelsea had her first solo exhibition at the Redot Gallery. Having a successful young artist in my room to help my students find their inner artist was very exciting for my intermediate school kids. To my students, Chelsea is a rockstar! She also happens to be quadriplegic. She uses the wheels of her wheelchair to create her bold abstract canvases.
This week she demonstrated her painting technique and created lessons for my grade three through five students to help them experience a little bit of what she feels when she is painting. Take a look at all the amazing fun and art that was created this week.
When asked what they had learned by having Chelsea as their teacher this week here are just a few things they had to say.
This week we have been very lucky to have another visiting artist. This is no ordinary artist. Chelsea Fairclough is a grade nine student here at SAS who is spending her Interim Semester with me in the art room. Chelsea is a successful artist who had her own solo exhibition last year at the Red Dot Gallery. Pretty amazing for a student who was in grade eight at the time. Even more amazing when you take into account the fact that Chelsea is quadriplegic. She has been sharing her unique ‘wheelie art’ with my students all week. I will have lots more to share tomorrow, but I couldn’t wait to share what we did today with a couple of grade three classes and one kindergarten class. It was so much fun! The kids loved the experience and it was great to have so many people take part in a wonderful collaboration. Thanks to Erin Caskey for the great video below. Thanks also to the wonderful staff who cleaned up our beautiful mess when we were done. I can’t wait to do it again tomorrow.