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Jun 27
Wishing you a creative and fun summer

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The summer holidays are an opportunity for discovery and exploration.

Our Summer Day Camps blend fun and skills-based learning. For children who have completed Kindergarten or Grade One, we offer our Art Explorers Day Camp. From July 3 – 6, 2018, young artists will learn techniques including drawing and painting and enjoy outdoor recreation, weather permitting, led by trained counsellors and supervised by the teacher.

For students who have completed Grades 2 and 3, we offer our week-long Mixed Media Day Camp. From July 9 – 13, young artists will be immersed in art exploration, while having fun and enjoying time outdoors, weather permitting.

Space is limited in both these Day Camps, so to avoid disappointment, please register your child soon.

Running until September 1, 2018, the Gordon Smith Gallery is presenting the exhibition 13 Ways to Summon Ghosts. Guest-curated by Dr. Kimberly Phillips of the Contemporary Art Gallery, this exhibit brings together the works of 13 artists that explore haunting as an artistic strategy. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Gallery will host talks and workshops. Please check the website for upcoming dates and times. We invite you to visit this thought-provoking show.

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. Consider 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. Spending just 15 minutes each day exploring creative self-expression and the cumulative effect can be transformative. Create a sketchbook for your child to track their summer. 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 precious memory book of 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.

We wish you a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you at our new teaching exhibition, Transformations, in the fall. 


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