By Stan Ashbee
Sunny South News
Art is former Coaldale resident Kaitlyn Villeneuve’s passion. The Grade 10 LCI student in Lethbridge recently won the honour for her art work to be showcased on both the Coaldale and City of Lethbridge Remembrance Day programs and on the cover of the Lethbridge Leisure Guide through the Legion’s annual poster contest. She won first for the local branch, for the area, the district and provincially.
“It’s really important to me. I’ve been doing it ever since I could draw,” she noted.
Kaitlyn added it was her Grade 9 Social teacher who proposed she enter the contest.
“He thought it would be a good way to get my art out there and also to do something for the Legion because there hadn’t been a whole lot of entries. I thought it would be a good idea,” she said.
Kaitlyn said she was surprised to win first place in the four categories.
“I wasn’t expecting to win at all,” said the modest but talented young artist.
Kaitlyn’s mom Melissa Villeneuve, from the Lethbridge Herald, said her daughter won a medal and a little cash for winning in the many categories.
“I don’t know of many other competitions out there for Alberta or Lethbridge. I didn’t want to submit this year because the age group I am in. I’m going against people older than me and it’s harder to do that because they have more experience with art. Maybe in Grade 11 or 12 I’ll submit again. I’m not sure, but it would be nice to do it again,” she said.
Media-wise, Kaitlyn enjoys working with professional markers. “Those are really nice to work with.” She also likes water colours and ink, as it is a nice touch to water colours, she noted.
“I work with pencil crayons because it’s available. Sometimes it’s kind of hard to work with. I like working with acrylic too and I’m learning a bit of oils. I hope to use more different types of media,” she said.
Kaitlyn said she will definitely continue to explore the world of art. “My whole life I hope,” she added. She is also enrolled in AP Art, which is short for advanced placement art.
“It’s an extracurricular activity. It’s not like an option you can take in high school. I take it after school on Wednesdays. Basically, what we’re doing is, it’s a span of Grade 10-12 and you create at least 24 quality pieces you put a lot of effort into. At the end of the Grade 12 year when you submit, it’s put into a portfolio and then sent to judges,” she said, adding the judges don’t want to know anything about you, they just want to see the finished art work.
“You send in these pieces and they know nothing about you and they judge your art,” she said.
Kaitlyn said AP Art helps later on in life for an art career and it goes towards post-secondary credit.