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Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur at I.F. Cox School

January 2015

Artists Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur, creators of the exhibition Bird Frieze: New Works in Porcelain, travelled from Red Deer to Redcliff, Alberta to share their creativity with the third grade students at I.F. Cox School.

The artists planned three unique workshop projects based on the theme of their exhibition. The first project was titled Bird Migration Postcards, inspired by migrating birds that live in North America. Students chose a native bird, studied where it lived, what it ate, the environment it thrives in, then created a watercolour drawing of their bird in its habitat. The second project Adapta Bird, challenged students to crate their own make believe bird based on the environment it lives in; we had birds living in Hockey rinks and even on heads! The third project,  Bird Decals for Home Windows focused on helping save the injured bird population. Line drawings of local native birds were created and cut out, then used as a template on mylar, creating the bird silhouettes that adhere to the outside of windows. These decals help the birds to understand that the window is not the place to fly.

Each third grade student at I.F. Cox School was focused and creative, creating impressive works of art. TREX looks forward to do another workshop with them in the future.

All TREX Visiting Artist Workshops are fully funded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.