ArtistsInspire’s free Youth and Family online workshops were a great success!
From Toy Theatre to Doodle Challenge, Everyone can Dance to Message in a Bottle, Spoken Word to Comedy Improv, we were delighted to welcome participants of all ages, creating engaging intergenerational exchange in the art-making process. Creativity brings us together: connections were made between children, youth and adults meeting for the first time, as well as strengthened between family members and friends who have known each other for years.
What do participants say about our online workshops?
To see and hear art made by participants: see the ELAN ArtEd YouTube playlist.
What did we do in the workshops? Here are selected workshop descriptions:
Learn how to make mini-zines from two sheets of paper (and some thread). A Zine, pronounced “zeen” (just like the end of the word magazine), is a homemade publication. Making a zine is all about self-expression and creativity, with no rules but those you make up for yourself!
Luminary Lantern Magic with Lisa Kimberly Glickman & Rivières de Lumières/Rivers of Light
Is there anything more magical than a beautiful starry night? In this workshop, using recycled materials you will learn how to create several lanterns you can use to decorate your home, balcony or yard and feel what it’s like to be at sea on a starry night.
Simple Puppets and Story Making with Maggie Winston
As artists and educators adapt to online, the art of puppetry hasn’t lost its magic! In fact, a puppet works very well in the frame of a computer, ipad, or cell phone. In this workshop you will learn how to make simple puppets and backgrounds. Using ‘quick and dirty’ crafting techniques, each participant will make their own original puppet, which will then become part of a story we create and perform together as a group. We will improvise, play and collaborate to find interesting ways to manipulate our newly born puppet characters on screen, telling a story from beginning to end.
Wake-up, Warm-up and Other Moving Adventures with Eryn Dace Trudell
This two-part workshop aims to get energy and creativity focused and flowing with ideas that evolve from sensing and responding to movement. Beginning with sounds and words in motion, you will each land upon an image, where rhythm, space and form, await to be born. No experience in dance required.
Using zoom as a window into each other’s experiences, the Message in a Bottle sound and visual art workshop encourages us to observe and listen to our surroundings through contour drawings and ‘I see, I hear’ games. The result is a video posted on the ELAN youtube channel that is pieced together by the ELAN ArtEd team and incorporates drawings, photos, and audio recordings.
Everyone Can Dance with Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli
“Adapt, stay positive, and learn to do things your own way.” This is the key behind Luca’s “No Excuses, No Limits” philosophy. In this workshop Luca will teach dance with a unique “twist” allowing for participants to explore various movements in hopes that it will expand individuals’ understanding of the importance of adaptation on a day-to-day basis in life and in dance.
Fractured Fairy Tales with Patti Warnock
Have you ever wondered… could the princess really be evil, the wolf really be a vegetarian or the beanstalk lead to outer space? If for you fairy tales are not all what they’re cracked up to be why not join us to create your own personal fractured fairy tale? Write it, draw it, tell it!
Body Percussion with Geremia Lorenzo Lodi
Body Percussion takes the rhythm back to its place of origin: the body. It is a joyful way to experience music while moving, and discover anew the expressive potential of the body.
How to write a picture book with Monique Polack
Most people think writing a picture book is quick and easy – it isn’t! Join Monique for a fun, interactive workshop in which participants will learn five tricks that make picture books work, take part in an exercise designed to access a childhood memory and of course, do some writing.
Reflections on Water with Emily Rose Michaud
Have you ever looked at a water molecule under a microscope? There are six sides just like a snowflake. During this workshop, students use drawing and sketching to further develop their understanding of the water cycle as well as habits and attitudes that favour the protection, conservation and improvement of the environment.
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