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Constructing the Universe - The Art of Sacred Geometry

  • Wed Feb 28 - Sun Mar 04

Falls Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre

Constructing the Universe - The Art of Sacred Geometry
An Art Exhibition by Caledon East Public School Students

Opening Reception:
Sunday, March 4 from 1-3pm

This special exhibition features the artwork of Grades 6, 7 and 8 students from Caledon East Public School and is based on a guest presentation given at their school by one of the Alton Mill Arts Centre's resident artists, CJ Shelton (Studio #206). The project was the joint brainchild of teacher Jennifer Damianidis and CJ Shelton and was intended to give students an opportunity to combine their logic with creativity and intuition as well as experience what it is like to have their work on display in a professional gallery.

Artist CJ Shelton demonstrated for the students how Nature, Art, Science and Math are interconnected through the use of certain geometric shapes, numbers and repeating patterns known as "sacred geometry". The goal was to give students a broader understanding and appreciation of how the material they learn in school has practical applications in the world around them.

Drawing on inspiration from CJ Shelton's artwork and many other examples, the students were asked to illustrate their own unique interpretation of one of the four classical and naturally occurring elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth as symbolized by geometric shapes known as the Platonic Solids. Using a "mandala" or circular format as the basis for their design, the students created their works on pastel paper with coloured pencils.

The exhibition features 90 works of art created by students ranging in ages from 10 to 13 years old. The public is invited to view these special works during the week of Wednesday, February 28 through Sunday, March 4. The opening reception for this event will be Sunday, March 4 from 1-3pm.

This special project would not have been possible without support and encouragement from all the teachers at Caledon East Public School. It was also generously sponsored by the Caledon East Public School Community Council and received a grant from the Peel District School Board to purchase the frames.