Robert Bateman, Valerie Rogers contribute to Shuswap outdoor school

Paintings intended to help inspire, connect students with nature

The outdoors will soon be indoors at South Canoe Elementary with art prints meant to further inspire students to connect with nature, thanks to a donation from two prolific wildlife artists.

The art prints come from world-renowned artist Robert Bateman and local artist Valerie Rogers, featuring wildlife and views of natural vistas that share connections to the natural spaces of B.C.

Rogers, who lives just a short walk from South Canoe Elementary, home of School District #83’s Outdoor Learning Program, has already made a connection with students through art lessons and has opened her studio and property to South Canoe classes. She has spent time teaching students techniques for drawing horses and other animals, and has donated a framed print of a grizzly bear painting that is part of the Ducks Unlimited National Art Portfolio which features art based on Canadian wildlife.

Read More: Shuswap artwork selected for national portfolio

Bateman, who began his career as a teacher and has become one of Canada’s most well-known painters due to his vivid depictions of the country’s wildlife, contributed six art prints to the school after connecting with staff and hearing about their work. The prints feature B.C. wildlife such as otters and different types of birds.

South Canoe teachers Emily and Geoff Styles also contributed three of their own Bateman prints to the school.

These prints will be framed and displayed in the school, with Rogers helping in the delicate framing process and Askew’s Foods donating to cover the costs of the framing.

Read More: Salmon Arm outdoor school expanding to Grade 7

On Friday, March 9, South Canoe Elementary will host an assembly to thank Rogers, Bateman and Askew’s Foods for their support of the outdoor school. Bateman will be calling in via Skype to speak with the students, who have prepared some special songs and dramatic skits to show their appreciation.


 

@Jodi_Brak117
jodi.brak@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

Give a hoot and don’t touch baby birds

SORCO raptor rehab reminds residents to stop before they touch baby bird

Four Penticton residents arrested for violent attack on homeless

Four individuals have been arrested for a attack and robbery on two homeless men

Penticton mourns respected educator Bruce Johnson

Memories of former teacher, principal and trustee Bruce Johnson are flooding social media

PHOTOS: Spring has sprung in the Okanagan-Shuswap

The new season is bringing warm weather across the region

Beloved Okanagan-Skaha school district champion dies

Bruce Johnson was a teacher, principal and long-serving school trustee in Penticton

VIDEO: Sunny skies in the forecast makes for a great start to spring

Mostly sunny skies with a chance of rain by Friday evening in the Okanagan Valley

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Father, former child soldier, seeks better life for family in Shuswap

Salmon Arm volunteers begin fundraising effort to help family resettle in Canada

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

Kelowna Fan Experience comes to life this weekend

The organizer of the two day event promises to be filled with fun

Most Read