I have always been passionate about teaching my students that art isn’t just a painting that hangs on a wall. It comes in so many forms, mediums and careers. I want them to see that art is everywhere, it’s all around you even in the most unexpected ways. I took my class to Scarborough Bluffs to for their field study assignment to collect data, in forms of plein air drawings, photography, video recordings, audio recordings and note taking. Taking what you learn in class and bringing it outside of the school walls, is how we prepared you for life beyond high-school. Our job as educators is to inspire and teach you these skills to take with you Video production by @eddiewolfskin Video ownership of @royalcrownacademic
Global Day of Climate Action
My students featured at 00:47 seconds and 1:37 and myself at 1:47 talking about your experience and need for climate justice to be added to the school curriculum in all levels. Yearly I have my students take part in the Global Day of Climate Action run through Fridays for Future. I begin with a lesson on environmental issues gaining their interested in taking part in something bigger than they have known. Grade 11's create posters and grade 12's design and print strong images and messages of climate justice on t-shirts to march in the Toronto Strike. Students have the opportunity to voice their concerns and stand up for world issues, even being featured on CTV News.
Art Therapy with Seniors
I led the grade 12 students in a program providing art therapy to Seniors over a 3-5 day program at Presentation Manor . The program is a culminating task set out top bridge gabs between generations through various art related activities. The first day student's meet their partnered senior and learn a lesson from them like knitting, to gain comfort and respect. Middle days students take their seniors through a guided lesson on making mixed media beach paintings, using all senses by gluing sand and shells to the canvas and applying paint with a sponge to create the beach effect. The final day ending in a 2 piece painting, where each partnered senior and student work together to create a cohesive image across two canvas' ending with gifting their half to the senior or each other. Students gained a powerful experience, respect and were able to use their skills learnt in class to help others to enjoy and artistic activity with the younger generation.
In my 11/12 students Art for Advocacy Assignment, I directed them in completing works to draw attention to life in the pandemic with COVID-19 art and to thank our frontline workers. Art works were printed and displayed on Scarborough Health Network Foundation as well as at Councillors Cynthia Lai Office in ward 23 of Scarborough. Post from Scarborough Health Network Foundation "Students from the Royal Crown Academic School sent in posters this week in support of our #FrontLineHeroes at Scarborough Health Network. The creative posters were part of a school initiative to create positive messaging around #COVID19 to the community. ❤️ #ThankYou #ScarbTO"
Blue Monday Donation Bus
I lead a strong group of student union members in running a donation bus for Blue Monday. Throughout the day, we donated cooked meals, clothing, school supplies, stuffed animals and non-perishable foods to social agencies across Toronto, including Eva’s Phoenix homeless youth shelter and Muslim Welfare Canada. We also stopped by two Yee Hong Centres for Geriatric Care locations, plus Sts. Peter’s and Paul Ukrainian Seniors Residence, to deliver snacks and spend time chatting with the residents.
#ShowLoveTO local art initiative
I planned and executed for 3 of my students and myself to exhibit in the #NoVacancy Exhibition at Congee Town, displaying art work in the windows to draw the community to the storefront of local businesses. The #NoVacancy program is part of The City of Toronto's #ShowLoveTO local art initiative In alignment with the objectives of the #NoVacancy program these displays intend to financially support and highlight small businesses, artists, and people in areas not only affected by the pandemic, but also impacted by local gentrification.
My Royal Crown Student Erwin and myself hand painted a winter wonderland mural that was photographed, printed on a backdrop banner and displayed at 3 malls in the Scarborough ward 23 region. The Winter wonderland was later replaced with a Lunar New Year/Family day backdrop in February. The City of Toronto's Winter Activation Grant aims to provide funding for BIAs, Community, Not for Profit and charity groups to animate their main streets with winter activity. Although winter has always been traditionally a slow retail and tourism time, 2020 will have additional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Winter Activation grant aims to support the local economy by celebrating art, culture and community by helping drive business to our main streets during the coldest months of the year. Adjective: To support the local economy by celebrating art, culture and community by helping drive business to our main streets during the coldest months of the year. The grant also aims to advance equity and to include and benefit citizens, businesses and artists from every part of the city. · Create a COVID friendly way to take photos with Santa · Student Designed Mural by Erwin Xie and hand painted with Mrs. Freeman · Display in local community
I dedicating to wearing a "Stache" everyday for the month of November to raise awareness around mens mental and physical health to my student body, staff and the community. For the month I lead the student union in running events like organizing online yoga classes, paint nights, DIY #iStacheFor face masks, selling popcorn snacks, and other activities to raise funds for the November.com registered charity. #iStacheFor Who do you stash for? I'm Mrs. Freeman a female teacher at Royal Crown Academic School and I've dedicated to wearing a moustache every single day and running events for the next month in support of the men around me. Join me in growing a "stache" or simply just wearing one to show your support in men's mental and physical health. I "stache" for my husband, my students, my brother, my father, my coworkers and my community.