North Okanagan students transform school lockers into works of art

Tessa, a Grade 12 student, stands by the seascape she created on a row of lockers at PVSS
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ARMSTRONG - Generic orange lockers are getting a major facelift at a high school in the North Okanagan.

One panel of lockers has been transformed into a colourful underwater scene while another shows a cluster of cacti rising out of a desert.

High school student Jaden with her desert scene.
High school student Jaden with her desert scene.
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No, it’s not unwanted graffiti and yes, the students had permission to paint on school property — it’s all part of an art project at Pleasant Valley Secondary School in Armstrong.

According to a news release from School District 83, teacher Tina Lepine gave students the option of taking on the challenge as part of their coursework for Art 11-12.

Lepine says so far the feedback on the students’ work has been very positive.

The projects had to have a nature theme and demonstrate a colour theory.
The projects had to have a nature theme and demonstrate a colour theory.
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“For a lot of kids putting their art out there is a huge risk,“ she says in the release. “They are leaving a legacy in the school.”

Tessa, who tackled 10 lockers with a seascape, says the project has taken her two months, on and off.

“It’s a much larger scale than I’m used to,” she says.

So far, the students have come up with many colourful concepts including the northern lights, flamingos, trees and giraffes. Lepine jokes that her goal is to have a painting on all of the school’s old lockers before she retires.

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