Selected Online Workshop Descriptions

Your $1500 School Grant can be used for Artist-facilitated virtual or in-person Arts & culture experiences. Here are some examples of virtual workshops that could be offered.

Doodle Challenge with Deirdre Potash (

Create a doodle using any kind of paper and drawing utensil. Only rule, fill up the page.

The Art of Haiku with Angela Leuck

Award-winning poet Angela Leuck gives a brief introduction to writing haiku—the three-line Japanese-inspired nature poem that’s easy to learn and fun for all ages.

Return of the Quaranzines! with Rachel McCrum & Lisa Kimberly Glickman

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.

More info about about Rivières de Lumières/Rivers of Light

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.

Message in a Bottle with Louise Campbell, Jessica Houston & Guillaume Jabbour

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.

Dealing with Anti-Black Racism through Poetry with Deanna Smith & Jason Selman

Our workshop will deal with the effects of racism on Black people, the toll on our mental-emotional health, and how poetry can be a means to decompress this tension.

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.

Design your own Beyblade with Deirdre Potash

First, create your own Japanese Spinning top. Next, make the stadium. Let the battles begin!

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.

Writing a Protest Song with Rob Lutes

Award-winning songwriter and performer Rob Lutes will guide participants through the process of writing a Protest Song.

Feedback From Spring/Summer 2020 Workshops

“Superb animation.”
“Your approach to people was very relaxed, open & sincere. Your artists’ love of art shows in how they interacted with everyone on zoom.”
“Thank you for offering such an amazing class on line.”

“My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. It really rekindled my 6 year old daughter’s interest in creating art. It introduced her to new ideas and creative ways. She was really excited to share her art with other people. When one of her pieces was shown amongst a slide show she shouted out, “Hey, that’s mine!”. She thought that was really fun. The other day she asked, “When can I do more?”
“This year my husband and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary and my 75th birthday. Your workshop has encouraged me to reflect and appreciate all the everyday things that make my life special. Thank you.”
“Thank you for bringing something constant, something joyful and meaningful into our home during this otherwise difficult time. It really has been something we continue to look forward to.”

“This was my favourite workshop.”
“I liked learning to make things.”
“It was really good, I really liked it. It was fun and a little complicated. I learned a lot.”
“I really liked the workshop. I got to learn a lot of new techniques that I didn’t know before.”

To see and hear art made by participants: see the ELAN ArtEd YouTube playlist.