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April 14, 2015

Register Now for Upcoming Art Fundamentals Workshops

We are excited to announce three new workshops for teachers (Kindergarten to Grade 12) and artists in the Art Fundamentals creative learning series.

Art Fundamentals workshops are designed to help teachers and artists explore the theory and practice behind basic art forms and feel more confident with art fundamentals in both visual and performing arts.

If you are a teacher who often says, "I can't do art!" this might just be what you are looking for! Workshops are designed for anyone who would like to be more comfortable with the arts in their classrooms. No experience is necessary, just be ready to try new things!

Artists are also most welcome to join, particularly if you have an interest in working with young people in a community or school setting. We've seen it many times before: when teachers and artists come together, great things can happen!

Here's the line-up of upcoming workshops:

Looking Around with Cathy Stubington
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 11am - 2pm

Cathy Stubington is a puppeteer and community engaged artist who lives on a farm in the Interior of the province, working primarily in the region surrounding Enderby, in Secwepemc traditional territory. Her practice is deeply connected to her natural surroundings and enriched through the local knowledge that defines the community where she lives. She has always learned about the world around her through making puppets. In this workshop Cathy will share a simple one-stop method of making puppets that can be applied to any project. She will also share how she has successfully collaborated with educators in her community activating learning in the classrooms through an arts integrated approach.

Education in Motion: Introducing Creative Movement into the Classroom with Lee Kwidzinski
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11am - 2pm

Lee Kwidzinski is a dancer, choreographer and Expressive Arts therapist and is currently an artist in residence. She is passionate about arts in education. This workshop is an introduction to incorporating creative movement into the classroom, where participants will be energized and explore new ideas in a supportive environment. Participants will be led step by step through the creative process, from how to warm up the imagination of the students to facilitating learning through movement. Some examples may include using creative movement to teach math concepts, explore colours, or discover the principles of sound. From this experiential workshop participants will leave with confidence, filled with new ideas and practical tools necessary for the application of these concepts in the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to work in groups and to prepare their own lesson plans using movement-based activities. No previous movement experience is necessary and the course is suitable for educators, administrators and artists.

Collective Creativity: Printed Explorations on Cloth with Colette Lisoway
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11am - 2pm

Build and strengthen relationships, creativity and confidence through collaborative process. Discover and explore a variety of accessible printmaking materials, tools and techniques. Learn how to make silkscreens, photo transfers, stamps, stencils and resists using everyday household items and found objects. Together we will create a large-scale, multi-layered and process realized, collaborative work on cloth. We will be working on the floor and things could get messy, so please dress appropriately.

Each 3-hour workshop is only $15! Workshops take place at the ArtStarts Gallery, located at 808 Richards Street, in downtown Vancouver. Learn more and register online at

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