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Anne Savage Art Room

Under the exceptional direction of Anne Douglas Savage  -- Baron Byng’s first art teacher who started when the school opened in 1922 and stayed on until 1947 -- students were introduced to the world of art. Savage developed an exemplary and avant-garde program, which trained many future Canadian artists and art educators. Her approach to teaching art was so innovative in the 1920s. She took the conventional classroom and made it an art studio by pushing back the desks and chairs and making a display table in the center; students acted as models;  and blackboards were covered with boards so art could be displayed and discussed among the students.

Numerous well-known and successful artists such as Alfred Pinsky BBHS ‘38), Mel Boyaner (BBHS ‘41), Moe Reinblatt (BBHS '35), Tobie Steinhouse (BBHS ‘42), Leah Sherman (BBHS ‘42), William Allister (BBHS ‘36), David Silverberg (BBHS ‘53), Rita Briansky (BBHS ‘42), Sylvia Ary (BBHS ‘39), and Seymour Segal (BBHS ‘56) were inspired by Anne Douglas Savage.

Click to hear Tobie Steinhouse and Rita Briansky recall their time at Baron Byng and how the art program inspired their subsequent art careers.

Art at Baron Byng

Enter here to see a selection of artwork by students at BBHS. There was a wonderful program of using the walls at the school as a exhibition space for the students. The basement wall were painted with large wall art, Panels hung in the gym, and posters were often hung on curtains for school concerts.

The School of Byng

Anne Savage was the inspiration for numerous well-known and successful artists such as Moe Reinblatt (BBHS ‘34),  William Allister (BBHS ‘36),  Alfred Pinsky (BBHS ‘38),  Sylvia Ary (BBHS ‘39), Mel Boyaner (BBHS ‘41),  Tobie Steinhouse (BBHS ‘42), Leah Sherman (BBHS ‘42), Rita Briansky (BBHS ‘42) and Ita Aber (BBHS ’49). Infused by the teachings of […]