Focused on Education
Education has been a focus of Sculpture Saint John since its inception. As each new symposium grows, the education component grows with it .
The six-week sculpture symposium is all about education. In 2016, we expanded our programming, offering over 20 interactive workshops in clay building and soapstone carving to participants of all ages. We also added demonstration days in order to showcase the work of talented New Brunswick artists. During those artist showcases, we featured Alanna Baird sculpting metal, Ken Waiwood carving stone, Darren Byers carving wood, and Fred Harrison and Darren Byers showing us how to do bronze casting.
Approximately 1000 students visited the site in 2016. These students were provided comprehensive tours to inform them about sculpture as an art form found throughout New Brunswick and the world. Once again, emerging artists joined us as interns. It was a pleasure to watch them grow as they learned from the experienced international sculptors.
By raising awareness for public art and encouraging Canadians to create art of their own, Sculpture Saint John strengthens both the communities of its partners and the current professional state of the art of sculpture. By expanding programming in education, Sculpture Saint John is investing in the future of Canadian art.
Over 1000 students from Riverview to St. Stephen to Fredericton came to the symposium site for school tours.
Walking tours educated visitors about the proud heritage of public art and architecture of Saint John.
Volunteer guides were on site every day to give information tours and enrich the learning experience.
Through a partnership with the Saint John Arts Center, workshops were offered for all ages so visitors could learn about the techniques and materials sculptors use in their creative practice.
A short documentary was filmed exploring the process involved in stone carving and the origins of the international sculpture symposium concept, its history and connection to Sculpture Saint John. The film will be used for educational as well as promotional purposes.
Six New Brunswickers honed their art/craft skills through the opportunity to participate in an intern program, working with the professional artists to learn techniques and skills ‘first hand’ that they could apply in their future art careers.
150 pieces of stone were shared with Stonehammer Geopark for use in their schools program.
A poster of the 2012 sculptures was designed and printed. It was distributed to schools and was available for sale on site.