From the art room...

Landscape, Volume 2 (Ted Harrison)

We have just said goodbye to one of our country’s greatest artists… Ted Harrison.  He was beloved by so many for his distinctive colourful style and the way he captured the paradoxical simple complexity of the northern Canadian landscape.  Last month our Grade Five class studied his technique to create their own artistic interpretations of the Great North… IMG_2447 IMG_2446 IMG_2448 IMG_2445 IMG_2450 IMG_2449 IMG_2451 IMG_2452

I have posted about landscape art before, but Ted Harrison is in a league of his own.  His artwork is forever intertwined with Robert W. Service’s poems of the Arctic (The Cremation of Sam McGee and The Shooting of Dan McGrew) – whenever I recognize the lines and colours of his artwork I find myself quoting poetry for fun…

“There are strange things done ‘neath the midnight sun By the men who moil for gold. The arctic trails have their secret tales That would make your blood run cold. The northern lights have seen queer sights But the queerest they ever did see, Was that night on the marge of Lake LeBarge When I cremated Sam McGee.” (Robert W. Service, The Cremation of Sam McGee)

Look for the colours in the every day things around you.  Even the simplest things have a poetry to them…

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