The Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts welcomes the 4th edition of Starting Point, from April 7 to May 21, 2017, as part of Arts Month at the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM). Pairing elementary with high school students, this arts project aims at rediscovery of the collection of Quebec and Canadian Art by means of a detail in a single work. This year students from the École primaire Guillaume-Couture and the École secondaire d’Édouard-Montpetit will present their creations. This group art project is an opportunity for the youth concerned to forge positive social connections among themselves and also to affirm themselves through creation, a source of individual valorization.
During a tour of the Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art, the grade four pupils each selected a work from the Museum’s collection as a “starting point” for their creation. Accompanied by their plastic arts educator, each budding artist then brilliantly took up the pictorial challenge by producing a detail from the work selected on a small cardboard canvas. The creative process enabled the students to work on such aspects of the plastic arts as shape, line and colour.
Once the creations were complete, they were transferred to students in the plastic arts-studies programme at the École secondaire Édouard-Montpetit. These youth, accompanied by their plastic arts educator drew on their creative juices to integrate the younger students’ works in theirs. So this new creation, arising from a visual correspondence, created a bridge between the older and the younger students.