BIG IDEAS Digital Resources include documentary videos about past BIG IDEAS school projects providing inspiring instructional samples for sharing among educators.
2017 Making Global Connection
Vancouver Biennale’s BIG IDEAS Education invites cross-curricular project proposals that focus on the theme of global connections throughout the entire inquiry learning process. Successful submissions should articulate clear and significant common concerns, community challenges, social issues or aspirations that communities across the globe may share. The inquiry process will focus on a specific Biennale art installation(s) that inspires the BIG IDEAS project. Participants are encouraged to link with schools in other countries if possible. During a field trip (or BIG IDEAS Anywhere1 virtual tour) to the art installation(s) being studied participants are encouraged to explore specific aspects of the community around it and compare/contrast to another community(s) being studied in a different part of the world.
- 2017 BIG IDEAS May CelebrationBIG IDEAS educators get together to share their art-infused inquiry projects.
- Daniel Woodward Elementary • We Are All ConnectedA short film about this BIG IDEAS Project.
- A Shared Learning Experience – École QayQayt and Alfonso VárzeaBuilding Enduring Understandings with Brazil and BC’s Human Impact on Physical Geography.
- General Currie Elementary • Exploring IdentityA presentation on the learning process.
- Westwind Elementary School • The ME in MEdiaAn inquiry on how can art be used to explore and express our sense of identity?
- York House School • Reimagining the Arbutus GreenwayThe York House Grade 2 BIG IDEAS project learning journey.
- York House School • Rainbow Rocks on the Greenway (on Novus TV)The York House Grade 2 bring a spectrum of colour to the Arbutus Corridor.
2016 Art as a Catalyst for Learning
Vancouver Biennale’s BIG IDEAS Education invites cross-curricular project proposals that demonstrate how art is a catalyst for learning throughout the entire project-based learning process. Successful submissions should articulate clear and direct linkages to specific Biennale art installation(s) that inspire the BIG IDEAS project, guiding questions, inquiry challenges, and art-infused creations. Submissions should also consider exploring specific aspects of the community around the art installation(s) that are relevant to the project theme as part of the field trip.
- Clayton Height Secondary • Evolution of Man’s Impact on the EnvironmentA project of visual art and action, was informed by Marcus Bowcott’s Trans Am Totem.
- Guilford Park Secondary • DeforestationA multimodal music composition bringing together environmental consciousness and social action.
- H.T. Thrift Sharing at 2016 Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS CelebrationExploration of the importance of forests and the impacts of deforestation.
- Kerrisdale Elementary School • Breaking Free Music VideoA music video expressing evolution of various scales: of self, to society, and to the world.
- Kerrisdale Elementary School • Kids Changing Music VideoA music video expressing evolution of various scales: of self, to society, and to the world.
- Kerrisdale Elementary School • School Evolution Music VideoA music video expressing evolution of various scales: of self, to society, and to the world.
- Kerrisdale Elementary School • Stereotypes Music VideoA music video expressing evolution of various scales: of self, to society, and to the world.
- Quilchena Elementary School (Richmond) 2016 BIG IDEAS ProjectStudents investigated personal identity, family history and their connection to the land.
- Mitchell Sharing at 2016 Richmond BIG IDEAS CelebrationExploration of identity through storytelling of the past, present and future.
- Sunrise Elementary • Save the SkyMessages on different types of activism through hip-hop culture.
2015 Learning without Borders
Inspired by the 2014-2016 exhibition theme Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver, teachers were invited to create projects that would aim to open up existing borders in the learning process or to open up borders in language, religion, ethnicity, nation, and Indigeneity. The project-based learning approach focus on the development of students’ communication and thinking skills, personal and social competencies. In 2015, 22 local professional artists have been placed in 68 classes across 7 school districts through the Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS artist collaborator grants.
- Cambie Secondary • A Look at Our ChoicesThis project is an inquiry into the topic of free will and choice.
- Cypress Park Primary • A Grade Of PassionA short film about this BIG IDEAS project learning process.
- Earl Marriott Secondary • Food as MediumAn innovative approach in expressing the impact of food (as a medium) in our society.
- Strawberry Hill Elementary • I Have A Dream Art + Farming BIG IDEAS ProjectExploring, learning and discovering about Farming and Food Systems through drama.
2014 Cross-Curricular Challenge
Based on the 2014-2016 exhibition theme: Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver, teachers were invited to either create their own project or bigger, collaborative cross-curricular projects with their colleagues. Projects cover a diverse range of topics including ecosystems, cultural diversity, science or emotional wellness with links to all curriculum areas. In 2014, 17 talented local interdisciplinary artists and 4 subject matter experts were placed in 51 classes across 7 school districts through the Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS artist collaborator grants. Three feature project videos were produced exploring the journey through the entire BIG IDEAS project-based learning process.
- École Cedardale Elementary BIG IDEAS ProjectInquiry into fostering community pride through connection to place, ownership, & appreciation.
- Moody Middle School BIG IDEAS ProjectA cross-curricular inquiry on how the arts foster awareness of global issues.
- Surrey School District Wide BIG IDEAS ProjectStudents share their perspectives on personal identity & embracing uniquessness.
2013 Arts in Action Series
The program inspires students to lead positive personal and social changes through collaboration within the local learning communities. In 2013, 20 talented local interdisciplinary artists were placed in 35 classrooms across five school districts through the Vancouver Biennale BIG IDEAS artist collaborator grants.
- BIG IDEAS in Science and TechnologyInspired by Biennale public art, students learn about science through the arts.
- BIG IDEAS in Self-RegulationStudents reflect on ways to mindfully express their feelings & ideas.
- BIG IDEAS in Social Responsibility Part 1Students develop personal & social competency through art-infused project-based learning.
- BIG IDEAS in Social Responsibility Part 2Students develop abilities relating to their identity in the world through arts.
- BIG IDEAS in TransitionsDrawing ideas from Biennale public art, students inquire into changes and continuity in life.
2012 Performance Series
The Vancouver Biennale took dance, music, drama and poetry to the streets to celebrate 2012 BC Arts and Culture and National Dance Week. An unprecedented lineup of 28 outdoor BIG IDEAS performances over eight consecutive days included 800 performers ranging from Grade 2 students to professionals.
- A.R. MacNeill • CollisionA dance reflecting the meaning of Gravity & Forces of Nature translated into movement.
- Arts Umbrella Senior Dance Co. • Four Legs to Lean OnA performance about changing everyday mundane actions into something extraordinary.
- Arts Umbrella • Fine Art Studio ClassThe Fine Arts Studio class performed what they do in the studio at Engagement.
- Captain Cook Elementary • Individually TogetherA dance that celebrates the individual, the group, and the individual within the group.
- Carisbrooke Elementary • Twisted LivesA spoken words performance that captures students' personal reactions to Jasper.
- Chaffey-Burke Elementary • The LegacyA theatrical response to Walking Figures about the fall of ancient civilizations.
- Charles Tupper Secondary School • Free Your Mind"Free Your Mind" reflects our innate urge to express ourselves through dance.
- Churchill Secondary • Ballerina ProjectA creative, collaborative project between photography and dance students at Echoes.
- Churchill Secondary • What Makes You BeautifulThe performance conveys the message: you need to know you are beautiful before anyone else will.
- Edith Cavell Elementary & Youth Street Dance Council • Without YouA powerful anti-bullying flash mob performance.
- Henry Hudson Elementary • Nous Faisons la VieA message about how the smallest things in the natural world are valuable & extraordinary.
- Kerrisdale Elementary • The Girl Who Wanted MoreA story that revolves around the students' generation's obsession with technology.
- Norgate Community School • Stop Bullying NowA reminder of the impact & consequences of bullying.
- Queen Alexandra Elementary • Walking Through the Ups & DownsSharing stories and poems that illuminate how our past actions effect our present & future.
- SFU Contemporary Art • On Sculpture in a Waterfront ParkAn exploration of proportion and scale performance.
- SFU Contemporary Arts • Contra TiempoThree distinct tempos drawn from the processes of heart rate, breath & walking pace.
- West Bay Elementary • Global EngagementAn outdoor poetic reading forum about global citizenship and relationships.
- Windermere Secondary School • Motion to Motion to MotionA dance performance at the Walking Figures.
- Youth Street Dance Council • Instructions for a Bad DayA performance responding to a poem by Shane Koyczan at Walking Figures.
2011 Visual Arts Exhibition Series
Students from six school districts were challenged to use public art as a stimulus for artistic response and cross-curricular learning. The inspired artworks explored BIG IDEAS on homelessness, cultural identity, science and technology, societal norms and the environment. 350 student BIG IDEAS artworks were selected from over 2,500 creations from 24 secondary and elementary schools to showcase in a series of eight gallery exhibits. Go to BIG IDEAS Artwork section to view selected student creations.