Schools Program

The artist-in-residence program for schools features local artist and cartoonist, Spyder Yardley-Jones. A month long residency at an elementary, junior or senior high school includes class and small group instruction in collaboration with the school staff and may take various forms. One important aspect is the presentation of Welsh art/ culture through the eyes of Spyder and his rich Welsh heritage. Many students respond positively to the landscape of Wales and are particularly interested in how a dragon became a symbol of this small country! Cartooning, painting, drawing, 3D construction and collage as well as dramatic forms and character illustrations have all led to successful residencies. 

For more information, please contact Glynys Hohmann at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

More Facts

Saints:  St. David (c. 500-c. 589), a Welsh bishop, teacher, and preacher, is the patron saint of Wales.

St. Dwynwen (6th century) is the Welsh patron saint of lovers.

Harp: The harp is the national instrument of Wales. Harps have been played in Wales since at least the 11th century.

Immigration

Attracted by the opportunities, many Welsh immigrants settle in Alberta. Coal miners found work in the mines in the Coal Branch in the mountains while others came to the Edmonton mines. Farmers found workable land in Wood River, near Ponoka, Alberta.

Edmonton Girls' School

The Llanarthney School for Girls was established by Gladys Maddock (d. 1939), a graduate of Oxford, in Edmonton's Oliver neighbourhood in 1914. Gladys who was of Welsh descent named the school for a village in southern Wales. (http://www.rewedmonton.ca/content_view2?CONTENT_ID=515)

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