These young artists are sharing their portraits of Burnaby homes

See the world through the eyes of children in the next art exhibition at Burnaby Neighbourhood House.

Burnaby Neighbourhood House’s north location (4908 Hastings St.) is hosting an exhibition of work by children from Confederation Park Elementary School. It runs for the month of March, Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with an open house on Friday, March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Students in Jackie Fischer’s Div. 9 (kindergarten and Grade 1) class will show their work in Homes in Our Community.

A press release notes that the class work began with the big idea that “We shape the local environment, and the local environment shapes who we are and how we live.”

As a class, the students spend each Tuesdays morning exploring the local community and environment in what they call “nature school.” Confederation Park, as an “education through the arts” school, uses the chance to integrate the arts into other subject areas, such as science, math, language arts and social studies.

This particular art project started in two streams: social studies and visual arts. In social studies, students were exploring and sketching the local environment, including houses, trees and streets. Their work also included a math component, as they used geometric shapes to help sketch the houses. In visual arts, meanwhile, the students were learning about mixing primary colours to make secondary colours and using white to make tints.

Once that initial work was done, students began to construct their houses, drawing upon their sketches and memories of their outdoor exploring. Their materials included scissors, the coloured paper they made during colour mixing, and white glue.

“As a class, we love the opportunity to learn from each other by sharing ideas,” said a write-up about the project.

Everyone is welcome to drop in to view the art.

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