Our first week
Written by Jamie
Our first week at Voyageur Memorial school has been a success. Both Chris and I made the unconscious decision to attend each others classes. We started off by making small presentations about our own art practices in the first class, along with the artists that we are inspired by during the second. By the third class Chris introduced stencilling to the students. Once the students starting seeing the results from the shapes that they were making, they became very excited. Some of them didn’t want to leave the class. When we first started, some of the students were a bit shy with us, which is completely understandable. After four classes, we are seeing quite a difference. Since, Chris and I are not teachers, we are able to take a different approach with the students, which for an arts concentration program is perfect. Some of the students, such as Julian, the sole male student in the class, has very strong rendering skills. He doesn’t know, actually how good he is. He is a bit more focussed on his interest in foot-ball. Yet he seems to really be enjoying the classes now. I have asked some of the students to help me learn some Cree words. They seem to really enjoy teaching me these words. The working language at the school fluctuates depending on the circumstances. Unofficially, all the staff speak Cree to each other, whilst many of the teachers speak a mix of both French and English. I also hear a mixture of these languages from the students. The students mainly speak Cree with each other, as it is for many their first language. Both Chris and I are optimistic that our program will be a success. Some of the teachers have mentioned to us, that the students have been very excited about what they are doing in our class. During the weekend Chris and I decided to take a drive around the area to get see where we could find blueberries to pick, and take in some of the landscape. We hit the jackpot and came home with two large containers of blueberries.