The College of New Caledonia’s Fine Arts program offered students the chance to engage in the classroom Friday.
The annual Art and Design Day featured a variety of activities for potential students to highlight their interests and skills moving forward. Future students jumped at the chance to get involved. Each of them grabbed three sheets of famous art works and put pastel to paper to create their own rendition.
Potential CNC Student, John Sarrazin, says his artwork is all about reflection and meaning. “I like to tell a story through it, whether it’s with words or with painting or drawings,” he said. “It’s just interesting to create a story for people to actually read into what you’re feeling in the moment.”
Other future students like Sunya Kandola, say art is best used as a way to de-stress. “If I’m going through an emotional time, that’s how I deal with it,” she said. “It’s how I get through it without having to like scream through a pillow or something, instead I just draw something angry.”
The Art and Design Day gives students the chance to prepare themselves for the industry. Fine Arts teacher with the college, Betty Kovacic, says meeting students beforehand settle their nerves before enrolling in a post-secondary institution. “The concept of art can be quite small and one of our roles is to open them up to the various possibilities,” she said. “I have had students come into classes where they’re tense and anxious and after a little while I just see them relax and they start to feel better, they start to smile.”