Join us as we learn how to better our drawing skills by practicing portraits! We will learn how to place facial features like eyes and ears while adding an extra step of drawing on new face masks to extra fun to our mouths and noses!
Get ready to see some far-out creations! In this activity, folks will learn the art of exquisite corpses, paired with lessons in monochromatic and multi-chromatic illustration!
What's that mess? That's our newest animal creation, a Splotch monster! Splotch monsters start off as colourful, inky shapes, but take form as we add a variety of mark-making to make them more realistic!
In this activity, folks will learn how to recast themselves as illustrated characters. By talking about where we see illustration (myths, video games, cartoons), we will talk about what can be emphasized and specialized. This activity will make use of student's existing drawing skills (all levels are welcome!) and will experiment with ink (line weight, hatching, and ink washes). Open to ages 11-18.
Take me to the zoo! Or better yet, let's bring the zoo to us! By using frottage (texture rubbings) on the area around us, we'll collage them together to create our favourite (or new to us) animals.
Make artwork that looks good enough to eat! In this activity, folks will create colourful acrylic donut paintings on repurposed surfaces. By practising brushstrokes and playing with colour, folks will discover the joy in making multiples—just don't eat them!
Dip your toes into the wild world of watercolours! This unique medium is historical and classic...but did you know you can also really experiment with it?! By using what's on hand to draw from, folks will create little studies in watercolour, and learn what science, exploration, and imagination is really behind this art work! Open to ages 10 to 18.
Paint plain air...by playing with air! In this activity, folks will learn about the different cloud types we see, what layer in the sky they're at, and are paired with lessons in how to use our paintbrush to achieve those fluffy to wispy looks. Painted on repurposed surfaces with acrylic paint. Open to ages 9 to 18.
Why should birds have all the fun? With a minimum of materials, learn how to make your own paper toy
Have you ever seen an illustration before and thought to yourself, “I can draw better than that?” In this activity, now you can! Using sharpies, computer paper and instruction, we'll harness the power of community to make collaborative colouring book. Each page of drawing will be scanned, reprinted and assembled, so all folks get a copy of each others work! This activity will take time to complete, so people will have to pick up their books and drawings a few hours after the class ends.
Nothing could be simpler than these envelopes! By reusing fun paper scraps and a bit of math, we'll learn how to design our own envelopes to mail out to friends or family, or to keep special things in for ourselves. Folks in this workshop will use some critical thinking, and need to be able to use basic math. Open to ages 8+.
With a minimum of materials, learn how to make your own simple booklets from scratch! With a bit of collage, folding, and sewing, the steps it takes to make your own booklets will stick with you for years to come. This class does make use of some sharp materials like needles. Open to ages 8+.
Time to cut a rug! Or even better, make one! This activity will show you how to give new life to old fabrics by turning them into rag ropes. These ropes can be left as is, turned into funky necklaces or bracelets, or made into a small rug (this part will require adult help). This activity does make use of hands and dexterity. Open to ages 10+.
Give new life to old art supplies! In this activity, folks will learn how to turn chalk pastels into new, multi-coloured pastel sticks with just a few ingredients. These new sticks take a while to dry, so we'll experiment drawing with some dry pastels and get an idea for what ours will turn out to be!
Get your hands messy, all while doing good! In this activity, learn how to make your own plantable seed paper! These biodegradable discs are made with local wildflowers so they will help grow food for bees as well as show us how to think about creative recycling.
Some things just won't mix. For this activity, that's exactly what we want! By experimenting with the viscosity of repelling liquids, we'll see how to create experimental bubble art with ink.
It's not a hairstyle that you've ever seen, but it will be a look you can't get enough of! By making use of a few, common materials, we'll learn about evaporation and water systems can affect plants, which can affect growth, which can affect...hair?! You gotta see it to believe it!
Take your imagination to the skies! By experimenting with flight paths of materials, we'll use human-driven power to see how air can be shaped to help with gliding and propulsion.
Test your creativity as we create miniature monoprints! This special style of printmaking makes use of a flat plate we roll ink on, and then draw back into using a variety of simple tools. While this may sound easy, we have to flip our brains to think how our image and any writing will get flipped---it gets easier with practice!
Step right up and try your hand at screenprinting! In this unique art-making method, images are transferred onto paper by squeezing ink through little holes to make an image on paper. With this activity, folks will see how colour and mark-making can make their screen-prints extra special! Even though the image will be the same, no two prints will look alike!
Be prepared for some hot air! In Bubble Printing, you'll learn how to mix colour and soap, and about how thinking differently about art-making can lead to some interesting experiments! This activity will make use of your ability to blow bubbles, so distancing between folks will be emphasized, and paper straws will be used.
Want to bring the experience of studio home? In these Art Boxes, certain workshops have been restructured to provide you with all the instruction (written lists with a follow-along video link) and materials you will need for this close-ended art activity. Each box is enough for one person, with some extra supplies just in case.
Easy as 1-2-3 Envelopes
Illustrating with Ink
Easy as 1-2-3 Envelopes
Illustrating with Ink
Bring a chair and blanket to our outdoor movie night. Watch your favourite movies projected onto the RV. Snacks will be available for purchase.