Focused on Education
The six weeks of Sculpture Saint John include many educational activities. During the 2014 symposium this component was emphasized.
Sculpture Saint John is remarkable on many levels…and one of its particular accomplishments is its range of educational components. Those who visited the site gained an appreciation of the work involved in creating works of art and a respect for public art as a powerful and enduring symbol of community pride.
Throughout the six weeks as work progressed on the sculptures, visitor engagement increased. People made repeated visits to closely observe the artists and interns at work; they asked questions and participated in hands-on workshops designed to introduce them to the knowledge and skills required to sculpt. Those who had the opportunity to be part of this event often observed that their lives were greatly enriched by Sculpture Saint John.
Over 1200 students from Sussex to St. Stephen 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.