The March ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Exhibition is teeming with colorful and creative art projects, brought to us by the Selkirk Elementary School Grades 6 and 7 classes.

Students were engaged with many experimental art projects this year, and worked with many different materials. The artwork on display uses textiles, watercolour, spray paint, yarn and acrylic paint to complete five different series.

The collection of intricately woven recycled garments in the shapes of bowls and cushions uses the ancient techniques of finger weaving, lacing and knotting. The students explored the cultural histories of weaving, while testing some of the methods themselves. The end results are very beautiful- the patterns are multicolored and bright, and the designs interesting. 

Selkirk Elementary students also explored some key concepts of art theory in preparation for this exhibition. Primary colours were used to paint a series of twenty five abstract forms on paper with thick black linear design.

Portraiture was explored in a fun and unique way, by outlining full body silhouettes of the subject on paper, frozen in dynamic poses. The portraits were then filled in with paint, glitter and collage elements, and floor to ceiling backdrops were created with organic designs made with gold spray-paint.

With watercolor paint and collage the Selkirk Students experimented with landscape painting, bringing many distinctly Yukon landscapes to life with representations of northern emblems like the Inuksuk, log cabins and the Northern Lights in the iconic style of the late Ted Harrison.

The Selkirk Elementary School students did an amazing and very impressive job creating a dazzling exhibition for the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery this month. The Yukon Arts Centre congratulates all of the artists for their hard work and beautiful creations.