Basic Batik: Batik is a type of fibre art using wax and dyes or paint. Wax is applied to fabric in a simple design. The wax serves as a resist, preventing the paint from reaching the fabric where it is applied. This technique can be applied in layers with different colours. Students learn the basics of colour theory by creating their own colour wheel on paper before creating a wax resist image on cotton fabric.
Marvelous Monoprints: This workshop is a great way to introduce children to printmaking techniques. They explore line, pattern, texture and colour to make one-of-a-kind prints. Monoprints are made by adding tempera paint onto metal sheets and then transferring the paint onto coloured paper. Required: A large table for printing station, desks in groups of four, access to water and plenty of drying space.
Very Messy Art Making: Children explore different mediums and create three works of art: a watercolour painting on artist grade paper, an acrylic painting and a pinch pot using air-dry clay. Students work in groups of four or more to share supplies. Don’t forget to cover desks and tables and dress for a mess!
Inuit Inspired Printmaking: Inuit printmaking began with the people of Nunavut, then known as Kinngait, about 55 years ago. Walrus tusks or rocks were carved and then inked and printed onto paper. Students use scratch-foam to create prints inspired by Inuit images. Required: A large table covered with kraft paper for printing station, desks covered with paper, access to water and plenty of drying space.
Inuksuk: An Inuksuk is a structure to mark or guide the way of travelers in the North. This program looks at the traditional life and art of the Inuit people. Students create their own structure using air dry clay or H435 clay if a kiln is available in your school.
Self Portraits: Students explore self-portraits by looking at examples of artists such as Marc Chagall, Leonardo da Vinci and Frida Kahlo. Students explore aspects of self-identity and create their own self-portrait using pens and watercolour crayons.
Wonderful Watercolours: Students learn the basics of working with colour through watercolour paints. The instructor will lead students through a series of techniques to create colourful paintings of animals, plants or landscapes. Please choose a theme and indicate when booking.
Decorative Easter Eggs: Traditionally made during the time of Easter, the colourful and intricate art of pysanka uses patterns, colours and symbols to celebrate spring. Pysanka is derived from the Ukrainian word pysaty, meaning to write. Designs are drawn on an egg with melted beeswax using an instrument known as a kystka before the egg is dyed a number of times using traditional colours. Required: A large covered table for egg dye station, an oven in the school and a parent to remove the wax after the workshop.
Masks and Peru: Students explore connections between cultures by looking at the significance of mask making. They create a mask design inspired by ancient Peruvian. Choose air dry clay or H435 if your school has a kiln and someone to fire projects.
Oil Pastel Pictures: Oil pastel is a unique media that can be used to express a wide range of moods. Traditional images can include landscapes, seascapes and plants. Students learn the basics of working with these smooth, rich crayons that put thick, intense colour onto paper. Please choose a specific classroom theme and indicate at registration.
Pen and Wash: Pen and Wash is a classic technique used with both pen and watercolour. The combination of finely drawn lines and delicate watercolour washes evokes great visual beauty, whatever the chosen subject. A workshop with great results!
Nature on Canvas: Nature scenes offer excellent opportunities to introduce detail and texture into artwork. Students may choose specific animals where the focus is on fur, skin and feathers or they may choose to explore plants, trees, forests or landscapes. Using liquid acrylic and pens on canvas, students create spectacular nature images with great detail.
Mixed-Media Watercolour: Using a combination of wax, watercolour and salt, students create a winter forest scene, underwater scene or flowers in a vase. This mixed-media workshop uses both drawing and painting on watercolour paper. Makes a unique gift!
Needle Felted Alberta Landscape: Needle felting is a different process where wool fibers are locked together using a special felting needle. Felting needles have angled barbs along their length that grab and bind fibers together. Students will learn the basic theory of two-dimensional needle felting. This new knowledge will be used to explore the nature of wool and binding wool fibers together in new and creative ways.
Abstract Art: With abstract painting, students move away from formal representation. In this exciting workshop, students look at abstract art from its beginnings in the 20th century. They experiment with colour and different applications of paint on art paper. Wear art-proof clothing!
Linoleum Printing: A fantastic printmaking workshop! Using professional linoleum cutting tools, students carve their own designs into Safety-Kut blocks. These lino blocks are then inked and transferred onto specialty rag paper. Students are shown techniques for printing without a press to create some stunning imagery. Required: Two large tables covered with kraft paper for printing stations, desks covered with paper, access to water and plenty of drying space. Templates and information will be sent one month before the workshop so students can complete a drawing ahead of time.