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*Installation detail of Assignments of Art Class Past, exhibited in the Aurora Family Leisure Complex

Assignments of Art Class Past

February 10 – April 17, 2024

A pop-up installation of past student artworks from Aurora High School
Aurora Family Leisure Complex

We are honoured to exhibit select sculptures from the Aurora High School Visual Art program archive in a temporary installation in the foyer of the Aurora Family Leisure Complex for the duration of the Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts 2024. To view the installation, please refer to the operating hours listed for the AFLC here.   

Since 2011, the Aurora Cultural Centre has worked with local high schools to organize an annual art show exhibiting the work of their graduating students. Now encompassing five high schools through what is now called the “Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts”, this exhibition started with one school contributor: Aurora High School (A.H.S.) 

Large-scale sculptures inspired by the work of public art sculptor, Claes Oldenburg, is a summative project that A.H.S. art students are challenged with in completing their final semester of art class. Focusing on a small object of their choice, students are tasked with creating a life-sized, realistic sculptural rendering of it using a mix of whatever media they can get their hands on at low cost and maximum volume (typically what can be sourced out of their recycling bin). Once the project is completed and marks are received, the students are faced with a new challenge – where to store the massive sculpture they worked so hard on?  

For years, the Aurora Highschool Visual Art Department has been saving these large sculptures from imminent doom (the trash) by keeping them safe in the art classroom long after the young artists have graduated. The kept artworks have fueled inspiration for generations of students up until present time. This installation, titled Assignments of Art Class Past is composed of select artworks from the archive that have been dusted off for a first-ever collective public exhibition. 

As this project parallels #MCOYA24, we encourage visitors to reflect on the lineage of the annual student art show, and the many students have passed through it over its years of existence.  Though exhibitions come and go through generations of students, creativity is constant, fluid, and forever evolving in the community of Aurora.  

We would like to our express immense gratitude to Head of the Visual Art Department Lee-Anne Moore, for trusting us with the exhibition of the works she has protected throughout her years teaching at Aurora High School, as well as her predecessors who devoted their careers to upholding and preserving student art.    

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