Kamloops heritage inspires
For six years, students at South Kamloops secondary start thinking about the coming year way before many of the rest of us do.
Their deliberations are determined, however; they’re planning a calendar they will research and create — and which will feature their own artwork.
For 2012, the students decided to celebrate the bicentennial of Fort Kamloops, the fur-trading outpost created by David Stewart, one of a contingent of Europeans who headed to the area, in 1812.
Once the topic was chosen, students headed to the Kamloops Museum and Archives to research the historical start of the city and how it has grown through the years.
They went through piles and piles of black and white photos, looking for images that resonated with them and inspired them.
Afterward, they looked into the styles of Canadian artists for more ideas on what kind of art they wanted to create.
The result, said art teacher Lisa Yamaoka, is a range of works that are compelling as they “reflect the rich history of Kamloops, the people, the landscape and the culture.”
About 60 students were involved in the project, with 20 pieces finally chosen for the calendar — 12 months plus front and back covers and four additional works.
The calendars will be on sale later this month for $15. There will also be limited editions of 13 cards, with the images from the calendar on sale for $12.
When they are available, they can be bought at the school or at the museum, 207 Seymour St.