Grand Erie District School Board’s Art Soup program aims to expose junior students to a range of artistic disciplines, that includes connecting them to working artists in visual arts, music, theatre, and dance.

Haldimand Junior students in Grades 4-6 will participate in Art Soup on Friday, Feb 1. Local artists present the lessons and activities, and each day concludes with a talent showcase where students highlight what they’ve created or learned.

“While there’s an emphasis right now on math and technology, we know participation in the arts also helps student achievement in many ways,” said Randy Ongena, Chair of the Art Soup committee and Vice Principal at River Heights School. 

“By partnering with professional artists, students are able to learn, have fun and discover new career paths.”

Scheduled on secondary school turnaround days, which follow exams, Art Soup also aims to increase junior students’ comfort with and connections to Grand Erie secondary schools. 

Art Soup gives each student an opportunity to visit a secondary school in order to familiarize themselves with the building as well as the facilities offered within.

The program begins at 9:45 a.m., with the talent showcase set for 1:30 p.m.

Haldimand’s host is Hagersville Secondary School (70 Parkview Road) with participating Elementary students from Hagersville Elementary, Jarvis Public, River Heights and Walpole North.