All About Art Club

All About Art Club

What makes art club more than just a “drawing” club?
Art is like the world; it is full of diversity. It’s not often you see
schools share this appreciation of artistic expression. The Jungle’s
art club provides a safe space for students with those driven
creative passions. A place where jaguars don’t have to
feel self-conscious if people are looking at their work, a place
where they can feel inspired and take notes from being
surrounded by a bunch of other like-minded young artists in the same
position they are.
There are a variety of clubs that Glades offers to its students,
with the art club only being one of many. Nevertheless, what
sets the art club apart from all the others?
President, Zachary Tenn Yuk, grade 12 states “What makes
art club really unique is that we like to focus on creativity and
helping our members to be creative as possible while also
helping to make a community impact. I think using creativity is
one of the best ways to get people involved and actually make
a difference in the world.” The staff wants their members to
hone their skills and make their work available to everyone
throughout the school, while at the same time making sure
whatever they do isn’t tedious and that it is a genuinely
interesting activity.

What’s the point of the art club? Yes, it has
already been discussed. Art club’s main objectives are to achieve? Luciano
Alzate, grade 10, says “Obviously we want to have fun, you don’t go anywhere if you’re not driven. What I have heard
from people who have been in art club and my experience
with art in general is it’s just a safe space where you can just
feel free to express yourself however you wish and however
you want and I think in creating that safe space, you allow a
lot of the amazing ideas to flourish.” One of their
main aspirations is to just do what your heart desires and have fun while doing it.
Other objectives are “We aim to promote art, promote artists,
and promote art as a tool to help people around the world”-
says Zachary Tenn Yuk. To elaborate on what he meant on
“help people” was that any way art can be used to
create or do something for others. An example being the
different community projects art club will be doing throughout
the course of the year, one being the art club members
making construction art of Historical figures to place around
glades to provide decoration.
The first meeting the club had this year was on September 9th.
Over 100 students came over to check it out and the whole
room was jam-packed with students that hardly could
squish through the door, but on the second meeting on
September 23 rd, about half the number of students who
arrived at the first meeting left, and the room was stuck with
around 60 students. Why did so many leave and why did
those who stayed decide to come back? According to Emilie
Simmons, grade 10 “If they wanted to stay in the club, they
are most likely passionate about what they do in art, which is
why they joined the club in the first place. So, if a lot of people
end up staying, I’m really happy that they do. But if a lot of
people end up leaving because we keep on doing boring stuff
every meeting and then a tiny drawing part at the end, then it’s kind of understandable.” There are at least 3 kinds of
people who went to the first meeting, the first being the people
who are genuinely passionate about their pursuit of art, the
second being the people who just came to support their
friends, and the third being the people who just came because
they were curious about what is they do in the club. The
people who stay in the club despite all the dull form
regulations at the very beginning they had to deal with must
mean they’re very interested in joining and are serious about
it. They can leave at any time they want, no one is stopping
them.It means something when you see the people who
stuck around.
Art club is all about fun and creative minds
working together to positively impact the community and to
provide a safe space for people who don’t want to feel judged
or as if someone was watching them draw, without having to
care what other people think of them.