Quantum Arts Program @ WAG

Deana Gordon

For over 30 years the Children’s Heritage Fund has sponsored thousands of Winnipeg School Division students through Quantum Arts, a program that provides youth with art education in partnership with various local arts organizations, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

In order to continue this program throughout the pandemic, we shifted to an online model, with weekly video tutorials and virtual group discussions facilitated by artist Cori Jaye Ettienne.

Ettienne knows first hand the impact a supportive teacher can make on a young artist, crediting her high school art teacher as a major influence in her artistic journey. Now she’s paying it forward.

“It is my belief that fostering an outlet to the arts helps nurture creativity, imagination, and a healthy mind, body, and spirit. With this in mind, I created courses for the students that did just that, as well as aiming to stretch their belief systems of what they thought they could do.” Ettienne said.

Prior to the class beginning, each student received a supply kit with the necessary materials for their upcoming projects. High School participants focused on painting, exploring multiple styles and techniques, while the Middle Years took a mixed-media approach, creating both 2D and 3D artworks. Ettienne’s weekly group discussions gave the students the opportunity to ask questions about the lessons, supplies, and exchange thoughts on how art influences our society.

“It filled my heart with joy hearing all the connections the students were making, as without art, our world would be dull. Even though this course was all digital, I felt a strong connection to the students and was so happy to be able to share some of my knowledge of art and painting.”

Ettienne has put together a virtual exhibition, showcasing work from the 2022 Quantum Middle Years students that can be viewed here.

Paintings created by the 2021 Quantum High School students can be viewed below.

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