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AFK Blog
Jun 29
Welcome summer

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It's the end of yet another school year, a time that marks a transition for us all. Some kids are graduating and entering a new phase of their lives, while others are anticipating the end of classes and a long summer of adventure before another school year begins. And we all look forward to what we hope will be two months of sunshine, relaxation and time spent with friends and family. As we step into summer, consider the range of creative events and activities available to discover.

There's still time to register your child in one of our summer day camps or our week-long sleep-away visual arts intensive camp, to start their summer with a fun, creative focus. 

The Gordon Smith Gallery is hosting dozens of events this summer in conjunction with the exhibition Art School High. Every second Wednesday evening, take in Movies@ the Smith. See a favourite high school-inspired film from recent gems such as Clueless, to classics such as To Sir With Love, all in a distinct and memorable venue for movie viewing 

The Smith Gallery welcomes a series of performances related to high school every Tuesday evening. From David Wisdom's slide show featuring local artists on July 4, to Sarah Bynoe's Teen Angst on July 18, a hilarious evening of poems, diary readings and more, all created during teen years. This summer presents a range of entertaining and thought-provoking ways to connect with our recent or long-past high school experience and the art it inspires.  

The summer also presents a great opportunity to establish creative rituals. Help your kids immerse themselves in hands-on art making with some family-focused ideas.

  • Make art a part of your week. Develop weekly creative prompts to focus your child's thinking. It may be based on a colour exploration, a topic, or a form of media, such as painting or drawing. Giving them prompts allows them to embrace the freedom within a framework.
  • Go for a walk in nature. Ask your child to choose items from the walk, whether it's grass, or sticks, or leaves, as inspiration for a collage.
  • Set aside time in each day for creativity. Spend just 15 minutes each day exploring creative expression and the cumulative effect can be transformative. Create a sketchbook for your child to track their summer and it becomes a precious memory book. Choose a start date and an end date, then challenge your child — and yourself — to draw or create every day this summer. The daily diary of your summer will inspire you and your child to see the world with fresh eyes and may spark a lifelong love of creative self-expression. In addition, it will become a keepsake for this summer that you and your child will cherish. Visit sketchbookproject.com for creative prompts and ideas.As we look forward to summer and the promise of warm days and long evenings, let's look at the coming months as an opportunity to establish fresh rituals and connect with the creativity in our community, in our kids and in ourselves.


As we look forward to summer and the promise of warm days and long evenings, let's look at the coming months as an opportunity to establish fresh rituals and connect with the creativity in our community, in our kids and in ourselves.

We wish you a delightful summer and we'll see you on September 9, 2017 for the opening of Lighthearted, an exhibition from the bequest to AFK from long-time friend and supporter Terry Lightheart. 

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