CAG in the Classroom | How far do you travel?

Inspired by the public art initiative How far do you travel?, CAG commuted across the city to spend two afternoons with grade 4/5 students at Graham Bruce Elementary. Exploring how visual imagery transports meaning across time and space, they discussed the work of Diyan Achjadi, Patrick Cruz, Rolande Souliere, Erdem Taşdelen and Anna Torma, the… Read more »

The A New Path to the Waterfall Finale

June 14th’s choreographed walk marked the final event of A New Path to the Waterfall. Over the course of the year, the students in MaryAnn Persoon’s grade 6/7 class worked with six different artists, additional guest artists and the Contemporary Art Gallery at large. The presence and practices of each of the artists, T’uy’t’tanat Cease… Read more »

Introducing the intersectors

This last session with Justine A. Chambers (and sadly the last session of A New Path to the Waterfall) was packed! Throughout the day, the grade 6/7 class not only began designing their t-shirts for their walk, the intersectors, but also went through the fine tuning of their moves. Using the map that Justine finalized… Read more »

Rehearsals for ‘the intersectors’

Combing the routes from last week’s walks, Justine created a new route for the final choreography. The class was able to test this route and plan the logistics of their moves at a few sites of interest over these past few sessions with Justine. This included the alley way from last week, the stairwell in… Read more »

Planning choreographed walks

This week’s session brought the class back outside to conduct field work towards their choreographed walk on June 14th. Using the maps Justine had provided them with, the class split into four different groups. Testing each group’s route involved brainstorming actions, gestures and other surprises that they could engage their audience with on the 14th…. Read more »

Final project with Justine A. Chambers

For the last month of the school year, Ms. Persoon’s grade 6/7 class is working with Justine A. Chambers, the final artist to participate in A New Path to the Waterfall. With a practice founded upon movement, everyday choreographies and collaborative creation, Justine’s project with the class will get everyone up and moving! For her… Read more »

The last Stretch with Hannah and Helen

During the last stretch with artists Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling, the class diligently crafted their sodas from the recipes they developed from last Monday’s session in preparation for their final presentation later on in the evening. It was a busy day of pipettes, measuring utensils, soda streams, flavouring extracts and home-brew equipment that turned… Read more »

Mixing it up!

Arriving shortly after lunch this week at Strathcona, the class was eager to start their taste tests! The focus of today’s taste inquiries revolved around sweeteners and flavours. To kick it off, Helen and Hannah facilitated a discussion around sugar. What did the class already know about the kinds of sugar they might consume on… Read more »

Jelly Bean Test

Reviewing what they had learned in the past few weeks, artists Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling brought in Choward’s Scented Gum and Soylent meal replacement for Ms Persoon’s grade 6/7 class to sample for this week’s session. Hannah described tasting the Choward’s Scented gum as a ‘Jelly Bean Test’. Following similar strategies in their past… Read more »


This week the class embarked on the first of their olfactory adventures, a sense that goes hand-in-hand with the development of their soda. Hannah and Helen introduced the class to some research that they have done around smell and memory. The two presented their experience of visiting Sissel Tolaas, an internationally renowned Berlin based artist and… Read more »

First session with Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling!

Last week Ms. Persoon’s grade 6/7 class had their first session with artists Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling! Long time collaborators, the duo spearhead the public art project/ flavour incubator/ taste-making think-tank Big Rock Candy Mountain. Through Big Rock Candy Mountain, they have worked with Queen Alexandra Elementary’s grade 3/4 to develop the Sour Vs. Sour… Read more »