Inspiring the Community
Grade 7 Art students have been creating their own public service posters to encourage the public to ride their bikes.
They started the project by researching the works of Keith Haring, whose iconic pop art grew out of the New York street culture of the 1980s. The goal was to use a similar style to spread the work about the benefits of cycling and bike lanes.
In October, Sarah Webb, the Active Transportation Project Management Specialist at the City of Victoria, visited the class to talk about cycling in the city and help the students come up with ideas for their posters.
She explained the ins and outs of bike infrastructure, why it's important, and how the city approaches the difficult task of informing the public of new developments. While the topic of "infrastructure" might seem boring on the surface, the students were highly engaged and asked lots of great questions, leading to some very interesting discussions!
Students have been working on their projects for the past few weeks, and are now almost finished their designs. They've all done an outstanding job of incorporating the bold colours and clean lines of Keith Haring's work, and the final posters are sure to be a brilliantly eye-catching bunch.
Overall, the project has been a great way to get the students thinking about the importance of infrastructure, the different transportation options available to them, and the many ways they can do their part to raise awareness and give back to their community.
When they're done, they'll submit the finished projects to the city, and their work could end up on display around town!
Stay tuned for updates...