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ARTS MIND & WELLNESS
 ARTS MIND 
      
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 graphic design: Heidi                                              


ARTS MIND is A WEEK LONG EVENT, full of mindful creative offerings.
during NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

ARTS MIND is an interactive mindful creative magazine,
featuring the work of MMHS students

ARTS MIND is a series of ONGOING CREATIVE OFFERINGS 
in SUPPORT of MENTAL HEALTH

ARTS MIND is ONLINE, here, now with a range of resoutces and activities


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SEE BELOW, for resources and CREATIVE MINDFUL ACTIVITIES & PROMPTS
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ARTS MIND originating from an integrated project series in 2018 within our Grade 11 Visual Design AWD3M1 (Middleton). It started with the idea of creating theatrical pieces to represent varied states of mind and use them to creat portraits for a mental health awareness campaign. The projects blossomed, as did the students' potential, to act as interdisciplinary designers, making a difference. 

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Arts Mind -the Week - emphasizing the role of the Arts and Creativity in Personal & Community Wellness.  It coincides with National Mental Health Awareness Week and features:

*a thematic art show, (supported by coursework & awareness through Arts focus)

*performances across The Arts: Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts


*workshops and daily mindful arts experiences across and between disciplines

*signature events like ART ALIVE!! - The Paint Challenge and ARTS KNIGHT

*a corresponding ARTS MIND MAGAZINE ​- an interactive experience built by students for students
*information campaign in support of whole health and mindfulness through the 
  creative process, somatic experience, engagement and meaning making

*an extended welcome to all MMHS students and staff and our extend community



   
    
  ARTS MIND on the Road, extending the message into the community.

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At Markham Civic Centre   Image: City of Markham                     Downtown at Gallery 44      Our very mobile MMHS Dance Troupe
Mayor, Frank Scarpitti, with Photographs by Safia with Taylor     AVI, AWD & AWQ classes
& Usman with Daniel (AWD3M1, AWD 4M1 -Middleton)   

                                        
* NEW in 2019


  ARTS MIND, the 'ZINE ​- an interactive Mindful Magazine, built by students for
  students, featuring mindful poetry, imagery and creative exercises, with a hand rendered 
  sensibility - supported by key projects from our

  This years magazine is a conversation between the images of current MMHS students and the 
  words of past students, now adults, in a continuity of share experience.  


   LEAVING - is an original​ theatre-in-the-round performance, sharing one young 
   woman's experience of leaving home and community for a new land, language and lifestyle, 
   based on a mindful writing experience from Ms. Coleman's ESL class.  This experience ushered 
   in Annie's writing debut and solidified the performance experience for Garret and Fanny. 
   
   
   ARTS MIND ELEMENTARY - this year Arts Mind joined forces with the Equity Club to extend 
   the Arts Mind experience to our community elementary schools. A condensed,  dedicated Arts Mind 
   experience​ was designed with feature performances, workshops and continued thematic art show, all
   geared to Mental Health Awareness through the Arts.

   A Speak Up Grant, supporting student Voice enabled additional culture-based Arts workshops 
   with Deron Ahsén:nase Douglas and Quamie James and provided each participating
   elementary school student with an ARTS MIND MAGAZINE, to support their independent 
   explorations.



     

  
NEW IN 2020 ARTS MIND, ONLINE
ART AS MINDFULNESSPOSITIVE FOCUSCREATIVE RESPONSE & PERSONAL EXPRESSION

  Art is good for you and we are here for you.   

Arts is good for everyone.  Creative exploration helps.   All MMHS students, staff and friends may visit this space for links to great creative initiatives offered by artists and designers,  continuing to contribute to community and well being.  We will, also, post some of our MMHS creative works here to amuse, inspire and keep in touch.  Join us in creativity.

From Spain to Port Hope and beyond artists everywhere are displaying art and rainbow colours in their windows to focus on creativity and encourage others.  Take up the challenge in this 'window' and your own. We will post some MMHS wonder here, as it continues to grow.

You can engage and share through our feature flickr.com galleries:

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https://www.flickr.com/groups/buildtheflock/          bird awareness and advocacy
https://www.flickr.com/groups/environmentsmmhs/             spaces, places, environment
https://www.flickr.com/groups/artsmindmmhs/                  positivity, mindfulness and encouragement
https://www.flickr.com/groups/moments-                         documenting moments, now

(note the permission requirements on each gallery)


MAGAZINE
Our Student Creative Team has been working to Bring You ARTS MIND MAGAZINE 2020. Anticipate a gradual release of interactive printable pages as we go virtual. Arts Mind, each magazine is unique, because you create it.


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 RENEW through CREATIVE ACTION 
  bring positive focus, meaning & energy to your day 

Consider our creative prompts as a mindful creative focus in unusual times.

INSPIRATION ONE - RECHARGE YOUR SUPER POWERS with imagery 

Give yourself a surprise and a laugh to 
Humour and amusement can lift us each day.

1) image search your name + glamour shot - the second one is for you
2) give it an MMHS twist: image search name plus superhero and see what comes up first                
3) take it to nature: image search your name plus flower - pick the one that suits you
4) try all those as .gif searches if you need an extra boost
5) take it a step further and use one as inspiration for an artwork.

The first one is via artist Wild Kristin and her amazing group of creative friends.




INSPIRATION TWO - KEEPING IT CLEAN, KEEPING IT CALM

Promote household hygiene for flattening the curve.  Create a cleaning selfie.  For photo students, this is a good opportunity to practice selective focus and creative, communicative portraiture (faces optional).
Skip the glamour and tell it like it is ... or glam it up... either way.  Keep it as is or use it as a Basis for a poem, drawing, dance, or dramatic work.




INSPIRATION THREE - NEW FORMS

Finding Signs and Making Messages - creative efforts to positively and responsibly​ communicate 
are emerging around us.  Record one or create one. 



INSPIRATION FOUR  - TOGETHER, APART

We are all in partnership at this present time.  
Create an expression about social distance or distance socializing.. in image, words, dance, drama, music.
Create an expression related to connection ... across space ~



INSPIRATION FIVE -  GRATITUDE 

Identify something that makes you feel grateful.  Create a photo, drawing, song or dance around that concept.



INSPIRATION SIX -  SANCTUARY

Visit the Aga Khan Museum Without Walls Initiative 
Tour the New Sanctuary Show, featuring artists and patterns from around the world https://youtu.be/ZuPCjKmfbFU



 INSPIRATION SEVEN  - THE DIVIDE
TOPICAL: How do experience the physical divide? Is it actual? How can you frame it? embrace it? transform it?   
respond in word, drawing, photo, paper sculpture, food styling, office supply stacking, dance, drama or ...other viable means


 INSPIRATION EIGHT - TINY 3D Wonderlands
 tiny quarantine gallery for gerbils
 fancy yourself a curator? into spatial design? 
 see what happens when and London museum curator is quarantined 
 keep yourself and your pets happy during challenging​ times
 
 hint: it fits an upcoming design project  



2021

2021, will be something different.  What's your idea for a yearbook theme and cover?.. virtual or print edition



continue​ to look here and connect with updated initiatives, activities and inspirations  - take care~



ARTS COMMUNITY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
 
https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/  Toronto Playwright, Nick Green has created a space 
                                                                 to shares artistic content  from cancelled art events

https://ago.ca/agoinsider/experience-ago-from-home - new virtual content from the Art Gallery of Ontario


advice on working from home from artists and designers                                                                      https://www.cbc.ca/arts/let-artists-teach-you-how-to-work-from-home-because-they-ve-been-doing-it-forever1.5501940cmp=newsletter_Hi%2C%20Art_827_9784  

TOPICAL: How do experience the physical divide? Is it actual? How can you frame it? embrace it? transform it?   

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 https://nobodyhere.com/ creative company and inspiration since 1998 - suggested by Ms Comerford

  DRAWING & DESIGN
   
 https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/  lunch doodles with Mo Willems, artist in residence at the Kennedy Centre

https://www.proko.com/  illustrator Stan Propenko - great content and skills building - freebies - 30 Day Great Trials

  comic book instruction with Will Sliney ongoing create challenges

 https://99designs.ca/logo-design/contests huh, logo pro design competitions with potential payout prize
 https://99designs.ca/contests - more pro design contests of all sorts

  http://courtneyclinton.ca/corona-virus-drawing-challenge/ artist C​ourtney Clinton with a weekly drawing exercise

  https://www.instagram.com/p/B9zl3unJyA3/  - draw with Wendy Mac

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn04yV5ig2w&feature=youtu.be  Steam Punk portrait with art teacher Christine Rasmussen provided by Ms Perez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nclSb-MlAxo drawing a day can change your life .. and is certainly a great focus for now... give it a try 
          
                                                                   
free courses

Lose Yourself, Find Yourself: Write & Draw for Creative Self-Discovery March 23-April      free mini sessions 1 month trial                    https://www.skillshare.com/workshops/878?via=logged-in-home-workshops-row




proko.com amazing - free month trial and much other - support your figure drawing and portrait development https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/  lunch doodles with Mo Willems, artist in residence at the Kennedy Centre

https://www.proko.com/  illustrator Stan Propenko - month course trials - build your portrait & figure drawing skills 


 PHOTO

PHOTO of the DAY (and weekhttps://www.photo.net/photo-of-the-day/#//Sort-Newest/All-Categories/This-Year/Page-1                                                                              https://www.photo.net/photo-of-the-week/#//Sort-Newest/All-Categories/This-Year/Page-1

Quarantine photo challenge https://www.instagram.com/ascobereta/  by Artist Isis Ascobereta

https://glenbow.blog/glenbow-from-home/  - go to Calgary to tour Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands

https://www.gallery.ca/canadian-photography-institute-blog/soap-bubbles-early-outdoor-portraiture early portraiture CNG

https://www.instagram.com/trishazemp/  - stop motion animation with Trisha Zemp

https://filmfreeway.com/QuarantineInternationalFilmFestival   movie making in the 'stuck'

https://northrup.photo/podcast/  the picture this podcast


 SKILLS DEVELOPMENT 

​ 2 months free creative skills guidance!  https://www.skillshare.com/

  + do your own search, follow your own interest for a range of tutorials -... offerings are out there

 ACTIVITIES and CHALLENGES for ALL
 
https://glenbow.blog/glenbow-from-home/  - weekly gallery led art for all 

 #antisocialartshow by Airigami  https://www.instagram.com/p/B9pT5DIA3tO/  using any available supplies

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ngakids-art-zone/id904766241?ls=1  gallery app with fun edu.art interaction - National Gallery, USA 

http://elisegravel.com/en/livres/free-printables/ free colouring and activity pages 

http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/ Annual Colouring Festival - Unusual Sources 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B99HV7EgUep/   https://www.instagram.com/p/B92_-_PgX6i/                                                                    colouring pages and sport illustration competition by illustrator Steph Cheng 

https://www.porthopenow.com/?p=8791 window art challenge - start you own
                                                                                                                  
  some of these creative finds sourced from CBC, other media/social media posts + searches
  thank you to our local broadcasters and creatives who continue to generate and offer creativity to others 
  it can be a challenge to start, to 'unfreeze' on your own... give creativity a try.. click .. start.. be

 PODCASTS
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved  arts and culture with Rosanna Deerchild 
https://northrup.photo/podcast/   picture this - great topics
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfvIqreCk628yB9mp3e_ABQ The Draftsmen- Illustrators Talking Shop


ART, ONGOING - there is a lot to explore (see the resource page for more)

https://www.gallery.ca/  national gallery 
https://www.artyfactory.com/                                              https://issuu.com/firstamericanartmagazine/docs/faam20_complete - NEWLY AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE ISSUE

MORE: SEE OUR RESOURCE PAGES FOR OUR COLLECTION OF GALLERIES and other ART SITES


MORE WELLNESS>>>

LISTEN
 https://stories.audible.com/start-listen     story time  - tap into active listening and imagination               https://youtu.be/UfcAVejslrU   an ambient soundscape designed to reduce anxiety    

  
BREATHE


MOVE IT -   at your own pace and comfort and in your own way - examples below:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ  PE with Joe... keeping it moving daily from the UK - expand your connection and movement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJJWArRfKa0  short and gentle yoga for anxiety with Adrienne
https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/yoga-by-benefit/anxiety   poses with video demos and variations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYrXKpfb0qw  5 minutes with You Enjoy Life - without a thought of inhibition - or fashion  (PJ friendly)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLTkfkqG0VI   and again plus a superhero outfit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kt4rXcCJA   Bollywood Challenge - slow it down, figure it out - find your own
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxpDa-c-4Mc  dance while barely movign with Drake
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfOa1a8hYP8  or let it all go with Thom


...find your own inspiration, honour your traditions, beliefs, personal ways & paths ... and keep flowing ...




ARTS KNIGHT



                 
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                                                                                          Illustration and original title rendering: Dylan
                                                               

Arts Knight, our long-running multi-disciplinary annual performance event,   
now aligns with Arts Mind, emphasizing the value of shared creative expression
in Dance, Drama, Music, Technology and Visual Arts.  Arts Knight now is scheduled as a key feature within Arts Mind, the week. 





       
   
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ARTS MIND IS COLLABORATION and COMMUNITY

it started with...
one nutty idea... to reflect states of mind through paper costume design
and a class signed on ... and extended it into a campaign
which we took downtown
and brought back home
other Visual Arts classes joined to form a show
other Arts subjects stepped in weave in performance and interconnections
and opportunities for the whole school and community to join in 
showup and share experience and expression
and that is what can happens when we go with creativity 
in community
building connection and meaning


​   ARTS MIND 2019 - MAY 6-10              

    ​INTERIOR LANDSCAPES IN FULL COLOUR _______
      A WEEK OF ART for Mental Health Awareness for all of MMHS   


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  Photo and Text: Tracy with Kitty Headpiece: Kian, Kitty, Tracy ​AWD3M1 (Midd)    Illustration and Graphics Collaboration: Angel  AVI101 (Midd)

             
 See the atrium showcase in May for our daily schedule.  Join us for performances, activities, 
experiences & art displays.   ARTS MIND - for the ENTIRE SCHOOL COMMUNITY        

         Art is Mindfulness. Mental Health. Modern Learning. Reconciliation. Community Partnership. Interdisciplinary Collaboration.                 


​     NEW THIS YEAR! ARTS MIND - The 'ZINE              
                                             EDITION ONE: THE INNER LANDSCAPE                
 
 Join us as we explore Mindful Creativity through writing, reading and art.
 Each book is designed to be unique, with space and inspiration for 
 personal and collaborative creations. Works completed through explorations in 
 Junior Visual Arts Courses and independent inquiry, with Joyce Z. in the role of 
 editor.  -see Ms Coleman (ESL), Ms Middleton or Joyce Z. for details 

 LOOKING for EXPERIENCE and MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION?
 Consider a role as on the 2020 editorial or promotions team.

 literacies - mindfulness - inquiry - pro​​cess - social intelligence - modernity learning & tradition     


UPCOMING  REC​ONCILATION AS LANDSCAPE 

In 2019/20 we embark​ on a journey to create a Land Use Acknowledgment
as artwork, in the building of a collective landscape, ho​nouring the rhythms and elements of nature, the land around us and the Indigenous communities that came before us.

The work is meant to be 'slow' and aware with mindful intention and direct personal engagement, supported through Arts Discovery, our regular series of mindful studio activity. We anticipate that the work will be offered as a whole school experience within Arts Mind 2020, with unveiling within Indigenous Culture Month... when we will share and extend the layers of this work and vision.

The work also supports MMHS Drama's involvement with the Scarborough Project's Landscapes theme in association with Tarragon Theatre and U of T Scarborough.

At MMHS, we recognize Colonialism and Colonization as a systemic pattern and experience echoed through the many cultures that are a part of our community and recognize our role towards expanded awareness and transformation locally and globally.

To find out more or participate in the project, contact the department.






Past ARTS MIND HIGHLIGHTS  - THE BOX 

​The Box is an extension of an in-class inquiry exercise that transformed into a 3D Living Installation, hosted by The MMHS Learning Commons and supported by Maker Space.

Students and staff were invited to engage in a  self-directed mindful visualization exercise, considering their experience of 'enclosure' and  translate their response into a visual expression ...to take-away or add to the installations growth and change.

The varied responses reflected our shared and individual experience, and static and shifting nature of perception.



 ART as HEALING   - feature Artist Kiki    
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 The Visual Arts Department support personal arts  
  exploration through our four directions:

  Visual Arts Discovery - our regular mindful arts activity offering

  Open Studio - an opportunity to use our studios for self-guided work

  Visual Arts Ventures Network​ - matching students to creative opportunities
                                                      developing student centered​ creative initiatives

  Visual Arts Courses - with meaningful, differentiated art projects 
   

  ARTS MIND brings the directions together into one offering
  
  Together with our other partners in The Arts: Dance, Drama & Music

  the four YRDSB foci, 
  
  as well as Green Inc, 
 (nature being foundational to personal and collective wellness) 

                                             ... and all those who create with us
  

  see the Visual Arts Message Board for schedules or arrange your own, with us

  


                           ARTS MIND 2018 - MAY 7-14    

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                   see the Visual Arts Newsletter for details

                                         MMHSVA Newsletter​


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                                left:   headpiece, photograph and graphic design -Heidi with Naomi
                              right:  headpiece, photograph and graphic design -Krystal with Yino  
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                ~ Art is not just ornamental, an enhancement of life.  
                               it is a path in itself, a way out of the predictable and conventional, a map to self discovery.  - Gabrielle Roth         
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                                                                                  K. Middleton, Subject Head, Visual Arts, MMHS, YRDSB



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