15 Feb

A project by Valerie LeBlanc and the Barnhill Memorial School, Saint John, New-Brunswick, Canada
February – March 2000

The project In the Palm of the Hand was an Artist in School project made possible by The Arts Development Branch of the New Brunswick Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Culture. The two main goals of the project were: to discuss future plans / possible careers with the students, and to complete an artwork in glass. These goals overlapped during my five day visit to the Barnhill Memorial School. I had originally planned the project to involve students in the year preceding high school. When it was decided that I would work with younger students, my plans for presentation changed only slightly, to make the vocabulary more accessible to the grade 3, 4, 5, and 6 levels. The main differences that I found between the workshops was in the reactions of the students. Enthusiasm and a willingness to think creatively were common factors through all of the grade levels. While the regular school curriculum helps students to build formal skill sets, this project was designed to offer the chance to consider more long term goals, while participating in a creative workshop. I thoroughly believe in the importance of projects which can aid in the building life skills. click here for the complete review


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About Valerie LeBlanc

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, pluri-­disciplinary artist and writer Valerie LeBlanc has worked in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her creations travel between poetry, performance, visual and written theory. Valerie LeBlanc has been creating video poetry since the mid 1980’s, and is the creator of the MediaPackBoard (MPB), portable screening / performance device. In the fall of 2012, she published her play The Raft, through Basic Bruegel Editions.

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