Transcript: Judy Cheung/Rick Benedict/Cyrus Hogg | Mar 29, 1993

(music plays)

Colourful geometric shapes slide slowly on the screen with the title “ARTS AND YOUTH” on a grey textured background.

A close up of a painting zooms out to show a colorful impressionistic flower painting with yellow, green, blue, and purple and orange. Then another scan shows a painting of white flowers.

A girl kid voice says I BELIEVE THAT A GOOD ARTIST
HAS TO BE OPEN-MINDED
ABOUT ISSUES, HAS TO HAVE
CREATIVITY AND CAN'T BE LAZY,
BECAUSE ARTWORK
TAKES A LONG TIME.
AND TO BE REALLY DEDICATED,
YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN
THE CAUSES OF WHAT
YOU'RE TRYING TO DO,
AND YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN
JUST GETTING THE JOB DONE
AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND
HAVE FAITH THAT YOUR IDEAS
WILL AT LEAST SUPPORT
WHAT YOU HAVE DONE.

A girl appears. She’s in her teens, with shoulder-length black hair, and wears a pink sweater and earrings.

A caption reads Judy Cheung. Judy sits in a studio with several paintings behind her. Then a painting by Judy appears that shows mountains and below bright and bold geometric shapes and colours. Three birds are hidden in the painting.

Judy says MY THEME FOR THIS
YEAR IS HUMANS
AND THEIR ROLE
IN NATURE.
AND I WAS INFLUENCED BY
MY WORLD ISSUES CLASS,
BECAUSE WORLD ISSUES - A LOT
OF THINGS ARE HAPPENING NOW
BETWEEN HUMANS AND NATURE.
WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT HOW THE
WORLD IS BEING DESTROYED
AND HOW THE OZONE LAYER IS
BEING DEPLETED AND DESTROYED,
AND GLOBAL WARMING
IS IN EFFECT.
SO, I WAS REALLY
TAKING THAT SERIOUSLY.
MY PIECE “BRAZIL”
DEPICTS FIVE BIRDS.
AND IF YOU CAN LOOK CLOSELY
OR FIND THEM SOMEHOW,
THEY'RE IN THERE.
BUT MAINLY WHAT I'M TRYING
TO SAY IS THAT IN BRAZIL,
THE FORESTS HAVE
BEEN DEPLETED;
THEY'VE BEEN CUT DOWN AND
BURNT DOWN JUST FOR HUMANS.
THERE ARE A LOT OF BIRDS
AND SPECIES OF ANIMALS
THAT HAVE BEEN LEFT
EXTINCT AND HOMELESS.
AND A LOT OF THEM HAVE
BEEN DESTROYED.
SO I'M TRYING TO SAY
THAT THEY'RE ALL
BEING SQUISHED
INTO ONE PLACE.

A close up shot of another painting displays a Nike shoe, then the past photo of the impressionistic flower. Then Judy sculpts a piece of clay.

Judy continues I GET MY IDEAS FROM
TELEVISION, BOOKS, NEWSPAPER,
THINGS THAT I SEE
IN REAL LIFE.
THERE'S AN ART PIECE THAT I'VE
DONE AND IT'S A FLOWER;
IT'S KIND OF IMPRESSIONISTIC.
IT WAS INSPIRED BY AN
ANTI-HISTAMINE COMMERCIAL,
WHERE A FLOWER POLLINATES AND
THE POLLEN IS SHOOTING OUT,
SO I WAS INSPIRED BY THAT.
IT'S KIND OF FUNNY.
BECAUSE SOMETHING SO ORDINARY
LIKE A TELEVISION COMMERCIAL
COULD MAKE ME DO
SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
I LIKE CLAY BECAUSE IT'S
A NEW MEDIUM FOR ME.
AND I FIND IT DIFFERENT FROM
TWO-DIMENSIONAL PIECES
THAT I'VE DONE
PREVIOUSLY,
BECAUSE IT'S A LOT
MORE FLEXIBLE
AND I CAN MANIPULATE IT
A LOT EASIER.
FOR EXAMPLE, IF I HAD
AN ACRYLIC PAINTING
AND I HAD A MISTAKE AND
I WANTED TO GO OVER IT,
IT WOULD BE HARD
FOR ME TO DO THAT
BECAUSE I'D HAVE TO
MIX COLOURS OVER AGAIN
AND JUST REAPPLY
EVERYTHING OVER IT.
AND IT WOULD JUST BE
A VERY COMPLICATED,
TIME-CONSUMING PIECE
ALL OVER AGAIN.
AND WITH CLAY, I
CAN JUST TAKE WATER
AND REMOULD IT IN ANY
SHAPE THAT I WANT
AND I FIND THAT A LOT
MORE INTERESTING TO DO
AND EASIER FOR ME.
I THINK THAT ART
IS VERY DIFFERENT
FROM MY OTHER SUBJECTS.
BECAUSE FOR EXAMPLE, I TAKE PHYSICS
AND MATHS AND THOSE
HAVE A CERTAIN ANSWER
TO IT, A RIGHT ANSWER.
IF YOU DO ONE MISTAKE
ON A QUESTION,
YOU CAN GET THE
WHOLE THING WRONG.
BUT WITH ART, YOU CAN'T
HAVE ANY WRONG ANSWERS
BECAUSE IT'S YOUR OWN CREATIVITY
AND IT'S YOUR OWN EXPRESSION
AND NO ONE IS
GOING TO SAY,
OH, YOU DID THIS WRONG
AND YOU DID THIS RIGHT,
BECAUSE THERE ARE
NO LIMITS TO ART.

Judy paints on a brick wall at her school with several other artists.

Judy continues I FIND THAT THERE'S A LOT
OF CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
FOR STUDENTS, BECAUSE THERE
ARE SO MANY JOBS OUT THERE
THAT CATER TO THESE PEOPLE.
AND I THINK ADVERTISING AND
PUBLICATION OF BOOKS,
ILLUSTRATIONS, A LOT OF
THESE THINGS ARE GOOD
JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR
STUDENTS WHO WANT TO PURSUE
THEIR ART CAREER.
IN MY OWN EXPERIENCE IT
HAS HELPED ME TO BE
A MORE SENSITIVE PERSON AND TO
LOOK AT THINGS AND TO VIEW
OTHER ASPECTS OF LIFE AT A
MORE OPEN POINT OF VIEW.
IT'S ALLOWED ME TO
LOOK FOR DETAIL,
LOOK FOR MEANINGS - HIDDEN
MEANINGS, DOUBLE MEANINGS -
AND I THINK THAT ANYONE WHO TAKES
IT WILL LEARN THE SAME.
I THINK THAT ART IS A
REFLECTION OF SOCIETY
AND A REFLECTION OF THE
CULTURE OF WHAT EVERYONE
IN THAT CERTAIN
CULTURE BELIEVES.
AND I THINK THAT IT'S IMPORTANT
FOR PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE
TO HAVE ARTWORKS SO
THEY CAN SEE,
OH, THIS IS HOW IT
WAS BACK THEN,
THIS IS WHAT THEY
BELIEVED IN.
AND I THINK THAT'S
IMPORTANT BECAUSE
YOU HAVE TO KEEP
CULTURE ALIVE.

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The end credits roll.

The title appears again introducing a new episode.

A clip appears of a male and female dancer in a dance studio dancing.

A female voice says FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT!

(Theme music plays)

A caption reads Rick Benedict. Rick is a teen and has long brown hair and fringe.
He wears a black shirt. Rick sits in a dance studio.

Rick says DANCE IS LIKE, I GUESS YOU
WOULD SAY, MY PASSION.
AND THERE'S NOTHING
ELSE I'D RATHER DO.
I DECIDED TO TAKE
DANCE IN SCHOOL
BECAUSE I WAS JUST TIRED
OF STAYING AT HOME
AND TEACHING MYSELF.
I FELT LIKE THAT I JUST
WASN'T GETTING ANYWHERE.
AND THEN WHEN I HEARD ABOUT
THIS, IT WAS A GOOD IDEA.
I WANTED TO FURTHER MY
EDUCATION IN DANCE
AND TRY AND BECOME
A PERFORMER.

A clip shows Rick on the dance floor with a dance instructor.

Rick says WHEN I FIRST GOT
INTO THE PROGRAM,
I WAS LIKE IN A
CORNER, AND I'M LIKE,
OH, WHAT AM I
DOING HERE?
BUT AFTER A COUPLE OF
WEEKS, I WAS LIKE TOTALLY OPEN.
AND EVERYONE WAS
SO FRIENDLY.
I MADE SO MANY FRIENDS.
AND I JUST
OPENED RIGHT UP.
AND IT'S JUST LIKE ONE BIG
HAPPY FAMILY IN HERE.
I GOT INVOLVED THROUGH DANCE
THROUGH LIKE FAMILY MEMBERS.
THEY'D TAKE ME TO POWWOWS AND
SOCIALS AND STUFF LIKE THAT.
ONE TIME I WAS REALLY
YOUNG AND I REMEMBER THIS,
I WAS AT A POWWOW
AND IT WAS AT NIGHT.
I WAS WATCHING THEM
SING AND EVERYTHING.
AND THEN MY UNCLE CAME UP AND HE
SAID, GO UP THERE AND DANCE.
AND I SAID, I DON'T
KNOW HOW TO DANCE.
AND I WENT UP THERE AND
WATCHED OTHER PEOPLE,
AND IT CAME NATURALLY.

A clip shows Rick and several dancers dancing in unison. Then a clip of Rick sitting at a bench in a park.

A female instructor says FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, GO!
ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR,
FIVE, SIX, SEPARATE.
EIGHT, SEVEN, SIX,
FIVE, FOUR...

Rick says IT TAKES A LONG TIME
TO BECOME A DANCER.
THERE'S A LOT OF
DISCIPLINE INVOLVED.
AND YOU REALLY HAVE
TO PUSH YOURSELF
BEYOND YOUR LIMITS, AND
REALLY UNDERSTAND AND FEEL
THE DANCE THAT YOU'RE DOING
INSTEAD OF JUST DOING IT.
I THINK LIKE IT'S A RELIEVER.
WHEN YOU'RE DOING MATH, IT'S
REAL TENSE AND EVERYTHING.
BUT WHEN YOU CAN SWITCH
TO ANOTHER THING,
LIKE SPORTS OR DANCE, OR SOMETHING
IT'S LIKE AN OUTLET
AND YOU'LL JUST RELAX AND
WON'T GET ALL STRESSED OUT
AND BURNT OUT.
BESIDES THIS CLASS, I
HAVE THREE OTHERS.
AND BESIDES THOSE THREE OTHERS,
I GET HOMEWORK AND EVERYTHING.
AND WHEN I'M DONE HERE I GO
AND TEACH AND THEN I GO HOME.
LIKE I DON'T REALLY HAVE
TIME FOR MUCH ELSE,
OTHER THAN JUST DANCING.
I GOT INTO TEACHING -LIKE I
JOINED THIS DANCE SCHOOL.
I WAS JUST LEARNING
NEW STUFF.
AND MY DANCE TEACHER SHE
NOTICED THAT I'VE IMPROVED
A LOT, LIKE A LOT A LOT AND SHE SAID, DO YOU
WANT TO TRY A COUPLE CLASSES?
SO I SUBSTITUTED FOR HER
FOR A COUPLE OF CLASSES
AND SHE WATCHED ME.
AND SHE SAID, OH, YOU'RE
DOING PRETTY GOOD.
DO YOU WANT YOUR
OWN CLASSES?
I WAS LIKE, WHAT?
SHE JUST GAVE ME CLASSES AND THAT'S HOW I GOT INTO TEACHING.
THROUGH DANCING I TRY TO EXPRESS
THAT NOT JUST I CAN DANCE.
AND GUYS CAN DANCE TOO.
I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW
THAT DANCE IS IN AN ART.
AND ANYBODY CAN DO IT
IF THEY REALLY TRY.

(Theme music plays)
A clip shows Rick on stage dancing solo and then spinning around with a female partner.

Rick says I WANT TO PURSUE DANCE
AS A CAREER, BECAUSE
I WANT TO BECOME
A PERFORMER.
AND EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN
DANCE, DOESN'T MEAN
YOU'LL AUTOMATICALLY GO
INTO A COMPANY RIGHT AWAY
AND BECOME A DANCER.
THERE'S A LOT OF
COMPETITION.
I'M NOT GOING TO
LET IT STOP ME.
I STILL WANT
TO GO INTO IT.
WHEN I'M REALLY
SAD OR SOMETHING,
I JUST TURN TO
DANCE AND JUST GO NUTS.
I LIKE IT WHEN I'M ALONE IN
THIS ROOM, LIKE THE DANCE ROOM,
BECAUSE I CAN DO WHATEVER
I WANT AND FEEL FREE,
AND I KNOW NOBODY'S
WATCHING ME,
SO I FEEL REALLY
COMFORTABLE IN HERE.
AND IT JUST CLEARS MY MIND AND
RELAXES ME AND STUFF LIKE THAT.
THAT’S USUALLY- THAT'S HOW I USE IT FOR
NOW, JUST GETTING AWAY
FROM EVERYBODY AND
THINKING ABOUT OTHER THINGS.
LIVING.

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The end credits roll.

The title appears again introducing a new episode.

Cyrus says I REMEMBER REALLY
WELL IN GRADE ONE
HAVING A LITTLE
ART CONTEST.
MY TEACHER KNEW I WAS
REALLY INTERESTED IN ART
EVEN THOUGH I WAS
ONLY SIX YEARS OLD.
I REMEMBER TO THIS DAY I GOT FIRST, SECOND
AND THIRD PLACE
IN THAT LITTLE
CONTEST IN THE CLASS.
IT REALLY MADE ME FEEL GOOD
AND GAVE ME CONFIDENCE.
AND I THINK EVERYBODY SHOULD
BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE
THE FACT THAT THEY CAN DO
SOMETHING WORTHWHILE.
WHEN I WAS IN GRADE 10, IT WAS
A MIXED OCCUPATIONAL TYPE COURSE,
WHERE WE'D EXPERIMENT WITH
DIFFERENT OCCUPATIONS
IN THE ARTS: MEDICAL
ILLUSTRATIONS, AIRBRUSHING-
THAT'S WHERE I STARTED
THE AIRBRUSHING.
WE JUST SEE HOW OTHER PEOPLE'S
CAREERS ARE AFFECTED BY ART.
THAT'S WHEN I WANTED
TO TRY EVERYTHING
AND IT KIND OF GAVE ME A BROAD
VIEW OF WHAT WAS OUT THERE.
AND I WANTED TO
SEE IT FOR MYSELF.

A clip shows Cyrus airbrushing with a mask over his face. Then the clip changes to Cyrus designing on a computer a graphic.

Cyrus says THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF
MEDIA YOU CAN EXPERIMENT WITH.
I LIKE WATERCOLOUR; I LIKE
ACRYLIC AND I LIKE AIRBRUSHING.
I WOULDN'T HAVE TRIED
AIRBRUSHING IF I DIDN'T TAKE
ANY OF THE COURSES,
OR PHOTOGRAPHY.
IT KIND OF SCARED ME.
I NEVER THOUGHT I'D BE ABLE
TO DEVELOP MY OWN FILM
IF I DIDN'T REALLY DO IT AT
SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME.
IT WAS A REALLY
GOOD EXPERIENCE.
I'M REALLY GLAD OUR SCHOOL
HAD THAT PROGRAM OFFERED.
I THINK COMPUTER ANIMATION
IS SOMETHING THAT REALLY
INTERESTS ME AND I HOPE
THAT IT WILL PLAY A ROLE
IN MY CAREER.
A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK IT'S
EASY TO DRAW ON A COMPUTER,
BUT IT TAKES JUST AS
LONG OR LONGER TO DRAW
ON A COMPUTER THAN IT
DOES ON A PIECE OF PAPER.
ONE THING I LIKE ABOUT IT
IS IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE
YOU CAN GO BACK AND
ERASE IT AND IT WON'T
LEAVE A MARK
ON YOUR PAPER.
I LIKE THE COLOURS.
YOU CAN REALLY DO SOME
INTERESTING THINGS
WITH THE COLOUR
AND SHADING.
THERE'S JUST SO MUCH TO LIKE
BE LEARNED ABOUT IT.
IT REALLY JUST KEEPS GETTING
BETTER EVERY DAY.
SO YOU NEVER STOP
LEARNING WITH IT.

A clip shows one picture designed by Cyrus with a green wale in a circle with a red triangle in the background. Then another picture of a dolphin as it enter a tuna can, which changes to another sculpture of a human head with a tongue sticking out. Finally a picture of circle with black and green squares and several people and occupations: grim reaper, karate, sailor for example.

Cyrus says I'M AN ANIMAL LOVER.
I DON'T BELIEVE IN
KILLING ANIMALS,
OR PEOPLE FOR
THAT MATTER.
BUT IT DOES HAVE A REALLY
STRONG IMPACT ON MY ART.
A LOT OF MY ART PIECES
WERE DOLPHINS AND WHALES
BEING KILLED
FOR THEIR FAT.
OR SOMETIMES JUST FOR PEOPLE
GO HUNTING JUST FOR FUN.
IF SOMETHING'S IN THEIR
WAY THEY'LL KILL IT.
I DON'T AGREE WITH THAT.
YEAH, I'M TRYING TO
MAKE A STATEMENT.
I'M NOT GOING TO PUT IT ON HOLD
IT ABOVE THE WORLD
AND SAY, LOOK AT ME.
IT'S SOMETHING MORE
PERSONAL THAT I WANT TO DO.
IT'S NOT LIKE THAT I ONLY WANT
TO SHOW EVERYBODY ELSE,
I ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS
MY OWN FEELINGS
ONTO SOMETHING SO I CAN
SHOW MYSELF HOW I FEEL TOO
AND OTHER PEOPLE TOO.

A clip shows Cyrus sitting on a wooden deck in the forest drawing on a white note pad. Then Cyrus as he removes white paper in the shape of a dragon from a black object.

Cyrus says I'D SAY ART PLAYS A VERY
BIG ROLE IN OUR SOCIETY,
NOT JUST IN THE
BILLBOARDS AND SIGNS.
IF YOU LOOK AROUND YOU
SEE EVERYTHING IS SOMEHOW
OR SOMEWHERE
RELATED TO ART,
IF IT'S THE WAY YOUR
HOUSE IS DECORATED,
OR THE MOULDING
IS PUT UP.
YOU KNOW IT'S EVERYWHERE.
WHEN I'M WORKING ON SOMETHING
IN ART AND IT WORKS OUT WELL,
IT GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE.
I CAN DO SOMETHING,
I CAN DO THIS,
SO IT GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE
IN EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO
IN YOUR SCHOOLWORK
AND YOUR SOCIAL LIFE AND WHAT NOT.
IT DOES AFFECT EVERYTHING
ELSE THAT YOU DO WHEN YOU CAN KIND OF-
WHERE YOU CAN USE
YOUR OWN IMAGINATION
AND EXPERIMENT WITH
YOURSELF, WITH YOUR TALENT
AND YOUR ABILITY
TO DO SOMETHING.
IT GIVES YOU FREEDOM- A LOT
OF FREEDOM THAT
OTHER COURSES
DON'T OFFER YOU.
IT LETS ME DO WHAT
I WANT TO DO.

(Theme music plays)

The end credits roll.

Producer
Gladys Richards

Associate Producer
Nicole Hallett

Camera
Richard Grunberg

Executive Producer
Kathryn McFarlane

Special Thanks to:
Strathroy District
Collegiate Institue
Strathroy, Ontario

A Production of
TVOntario
The Ontario Educational
Communications Authority MCMXCII

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