Into the Woods: Bird Point Art Retreat

James Lin
Josh Wang draws on the rocks with his tunes

After all the hustle and bustle of the first week of school, all students were in need of some relaxation time. For many boys, this may have meant spending the weekend in bed, but for the newly minted Seniors of Mr. O’Connor’s Drawing and Painting 12 class, this meant heading off for the class’ annual retreat at Bird Point.

Located up the Sechelt Inlet on the Sunshine Coast, Bird Point is only accessible by water taxi or floatplane, which makes it the perfect place for a secluded, nature filled artistic getaway.

Throughout the weekend, Mr. O’Connor, Ms. Gammon, Ms. Pavlovic, and the boys resided in tents at the beautiful Wilderness Retreat and Resort. Each day, students had the opportunity to draw and paint to their heart’s content, while taking in the beautiful scenery for future creative inspiration. Arts and Culture Prefect Monie “The Samosa King” Tutt had this to say about the weekend: “Bird Point was a swagging, beautiful, calming place for self reflection, enjoying yourself in good company, and have a good time painting before a stressful semester of work. It is the best trip Saints offers [in my opinion], and O’Connor is a straight homie. So are the other teachers who came. Shout out to Pavs [Ms. Pavlovic].”