Arts education is an avenue for creating a strong sense of belonging and self-expression in Saskatoon Public Schools. Over the past 18 months, Karon Guttormson, our arts education consultant, has enhanced Saskatoon Public Schools’ relationship with the Mendel Art Gallery. Our students and staff have greatly benefitted from the expertise and professional development offered by the Mendel staff. By reflecting curricular outcomes, the Mendel has designed programs to enhance Arts Education at all grade levels through the ART is FUNdaMENDEL program.
School Art is a long-standing partnership between the Mendel and our schools. Students from kindergarten to Grade 12 submit artwork that reflects the interests of our children and youth. This year’s theme is “Place”. One student from Centennial Collegiate and one from Holliston School shared with trustees the thinking-learning connection that contributed toward their art submissions. They also shared how art has inspired their sense of expression and academic accomplishments.