"When first introduced to this project, I began pondering on how to make the most cohesive and createive connection with the purpose of this assignment and my personal approach. I choes to focus on the process of construction and the general tools involved with 'making things right'..." - Tiyana Bucknor, artist.
"I was very inspired by construction work and some of the very cool and futuristic house on which I have come across over the duration of my life. I really wanted to apply the thoughts that go through an individual's mind every time he or she plans their future." - Gurpartap Sohal, artist.
"The inception of my hard hat stemmed from multiple ideas; beginning with Greek architecture and playing with the idea of sun dials..." - Ethan Parkes, artist.
"This helmet project was very dear to me as the inspiration that led me to the design that I ended up doing on the helmet was on the idea of getting people out of poverty. One day I hope to make my own charitable organization and do my part in helping people attain a better life..." - Zaina Quraishi, artist.
"When it came to the theme of construction, the first thought that came to mind was the stereotypical, strong and tall; male construction worker. This concerned me as a 21st century young female..." - Neba Ali, artist.
"Construction is highly dependent on commercially made materials, today. However, we do not realize that alternative materials like Bamboo can be effectively used in construction. I have represented these eco-friendly construction methods on my hat to show how easy it is to create a healthy and sustainable environment..." - Jashanpreet Kaur, artist.
Designed by Adam. Adam was an enthusiastic participant in the Safety Helmet Art project. His energetic demeanor and focus on detail made him an excellent candidate for working on his own helmet.
Designed by Kuljinder. Kuljinder is a young woman who is in the first year of the Transition program at our school. She is learning skills to increase her independence in the community and in her home. Participating in the Safety Helmet Project has given her an opportunity to collaborate with her peers and staff.
Designed by Hareem. Hareem is a goal-setter. She is quick to begin an activity she believes in and approaches her art the same way she approaches life ... with purpose and enthusiasm.
Designed by Rida. Rida approaches art from a sensory perspective. She enjoyed following the specific routines involved in the process of completing the Safety Helmet. Sanding, priming and choosing the paint color for her helmet reflects her quiet strength and sense of fun. The result is a helmet that is original, functional and pays tribute to girls power in the field of construction!
"The major idea of my painting is to show how construction can be eco-friendly. This is conveyed through the trees gradually growing into buildings. Looking at pictures of trees and buildings online was what inspired me to paint this. "- Melissa Manivong, artist.
"My finished hardhat was different than what I had planned since I could not add as much detail considering the helmet and the dry paint. Overall, my piece represented the idea of construction well because of the way I made my composition revolve around the basics of construction and safety." - Mariam Saifuddin, artist.
"My brainstorming began with expanding on the idea of what construction is, what it meant to people and the environment. I decided to take a different approach on that idea of construction by looking into construction in the past. " - Jessica Jhamat, artist.
"My artwork portrays a critical view of various social, economical and cultural issues. I combined urban and modern societies together to focus on the various architectural styles and their foundations. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the different issues and architecture, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces." - Aman Dhanjal, artist.
Designed by Shemar. Shemar is graduating from our school this year. Working on the Safety Helmet project gave him a creative outlet to use his independent skills. Shemar prides himself on being a man of the world and in touch with modern times. He is quick to make decisions and is confident in sharing his thoughts.
Designed by Danny. Danny immerses himself in Art by using headphones to block out background sounds. He likes to explore textures and found it very interesting to sand down the helmets during the preparation time. On the day that Danny painted his helmet, he chose colors that were bright and cheerful. Danny took great pride in squirting the paint in random patterns to cover the entire helmet.
Designed by Annie. Annie is a student who keenly observes her surroundings. She is eager to experience a variety of environments, which use her visual skills. For this project, Annie watched demonstrations of each step in the process and chose the colors that appealed to her. She was particularly interested in seeing the colors combine into a swirling pattern...
Designed by Chelsea. Chelsea is a free spirit by nature. The opportunity to play with color and watch it dance on the helmet was a lot of fun for Chelsea. She chose the colors and mixed them on the top of each other until they looked like the image she had in her head. Chelsea was laughing and moving in a flurry of excitement throughout the process. Her helmet is a reflection of the sparkling artist who painted it!
"My idea relates to me as the city as the nightlife of a city shows truly how busy humans are. The nightlife is something I'm a part of myself so I see a lot how lively a city can get at night. I feel that the success was more in the idea and though process. Overall, I feel that the final piece can use improvements but the solid idea and concept for the composition help bring the piece together." - Ayinkaran Ravindran, artist.
"I demonstrated one side as Canada (structures, under- development streets, pathway, innovation and so on and on the other side I indicated cottages, streets made up of rocks and sand..." - Rhythm Rhythm, artist.
"My initial idea was to create images of hardworking construction workers on duty. However, in order to represent the innovative ideas behind the physical creation, I decided that rather than using people I would use mechanical gears. This is due to the fact that the use of mechanical gears also associates with the mechanical engineering of construction equipment...." - Eman Ansari, artist.
"My ideas relate to me because they were inspired through my taste of pop culture. My favourite type of art is street art and I admire Canadian culture and its' famous buildings. I love the idea of constructing and building, yet in an eco-friendly way..." - Sandra Vo, artist.
"The idea of sewing overalls together relates to me because I love fashion and anything that relates to it. When completing this, it reminded me of playing with my Barbie dolls as a child. I enjoyed dressing them up with many different outfits and the overalls reminded me of one specific outfit my doll used to own. " - Aaliya Mohammed, artist.
"My design was regarding construction like tools, machinery, and construction signs. The subject matter that I chose was related to construction, than I made a decision to use the colors to demonstrate my theme by using yellow, orange, and black in my piece; as they are related to construction sites. I wanted to relate something with Mike Holmes as we were making the hats for his foundation." - Prabhjot Gill, artist.
"I also noticed that many of the articles relating to the SOS Children's Villages had to do with these four main things: food, healthcare, education and the homes. So, I decided to add these important ideas to my piece. I also added tools and words around the hat to further strengthen my piece, importance of tools, which allow the creation of homes and buildings." - Pavandeep Sidhu, artist.
"I separated the hat in two parts. These parts represented each side of the brain. To depict what the left side of the brain represented, I decided to draw a blueprint. This illustrated the qualities the left side possessed; mathematics, calculations and logic. I got inspiration from a picture of a blueprint to a house, which I found online. " - Duaa Zaheer, artist.
"I tried my best to create a strong composition. I did that by incorporating the theme of construction into my work. After a considerable amount of research, I decided that I wanted to create a park scene with trees in the background. However, to be more creative, I attempted to create the illusion of various trees transforming into a building." - Rachel Odiko, artist.
"I incorporated different architectural buildings as well as a blueprint I designed to relate to my post-secondary destination; interior designing and architecture. Wire is a medium I have learned to love and is still a skill I am developing. I felt the hard hat alone was missing an important part, the piece was pretty to look at alone but the purpose if it is the be worn and used for protection..." - Samyea Alam, artist.
"There were so many inspirations and ideas that I could have chosen from. Whether it was painting a small city, making blue prints, or even making a collage! In the end, once I had looked over all my ideas, I finally settled on one. I decided to create a small collage of sorts that showed and compared architecture from different time periods." - Aishah Ishaq, artist.
"The SOS Children's Villages in Cameroon, Africa, inspired me to create this piece. This organization brings hope in a child's life by providing them with all the necessities and support they need. I wanted my design to feature a typical building, namely a hut, in Cameroon. I was inspired by Canadian artist, Norval Morrisseau and Cameroon artist, Angu Walter's artworks." - Anchitaa Ghag, artist.
"I began to combine my inspirations of Lego blocks and illustrative city art to form my composition. In the original design, I planned to draw a broken down brick wall being fixed by children with colourful Lego blocks. I realized that this design was too simple and decided to transform it into a city that starts off as Lego buildings and morphs in to a real city." - Ameena Abid, artist.
"I decided to take advantage of the height of the pylon by painting the St. Elias Ukrainian Church around my pylon. I also wanted to incorporate the left and right brained idea but also keep the design continuous as there is no definite beginning of a pylon. To do this I changed my design to have it look as though the painting of the house, the creative side, was peeling off of the pylon to reveal the blueprint, the logical side, underneath." - Sierra Narine, artist.
"I wanted to include the CN Tower as the main object on my pylon because I like building s that are in Toronto and I think the CN Tower is on of the greatest towers in history. As I began planning to put the CN Tower and the buildings on paper, I realized it would be hard and take longer so I decided to only paint the Dominion Public building that is in Toronto as well." - Nicholas Dennis, artist.
"I wanted my pylon design to be simple and colloquial. l wanted to use a blueprint as a background because it ties in with the architectural theme of the pylon. I incorporated a very interesting shaped chapel that is located in my family's home country of El Salvador, Central America.." - Nanika Easy, artist.
"The idea that I chose involved transforming the pylon into a lighthouse. This design incorporates most if not all the stages of construction. The reason I chose this idea was because it highlighted the interesting shape of the pylon, instead of ignoring it. " - Tiffany Thomas, artist.