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ArtStarts Explores: Our Province at Play

ArtStarts Explores: Our Province at Play is the same great programming we offer at the ArtStarts' Gallery—online!

Young artists can continue creating together, practice physical distancing, and connect with fellow explorers from across the province and beyond!

ArtStarts invites all families to this fun and free online drop-in program where they can investigate and discover the world around them through observing, touching, drawing, moving, getting messy, and listening to inspire creative learning.

Join us on Facebook live at 11am every Saturday!

Watch Past Episodes of ArtStarts Explores

Watch Past Episodes of ArtStarts Explores

In case you missed it! Browse our archive of past ArtStarts Explores episodes and create along, for free.
S03E04: ERASERS

S03E04: ERASERS

Playing with erasers. Sure we know erasers will remove a mark, but how else can we use or explore erasers as an object? Bring all your erasers to this week’s exploration! Kay will lead us through a series of workshops exploring how we can use erasers in ways we may not have thought of before! Make sure to catch our weekly new episodes of ArtStarts Explores, which premiere at 11:00am every Saturday, right here on the ArtStarts Facebook page. Can't tune in every Saturday? The content is free and accessible at any time on our YouTube channel as well! Get caught up on past episodes of ArtStarts Explores anytime.


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S03E03: TRACING

Tracing can be used in so many facets of art exploration, from learning methods, to playing, to outlining, to finalizing your mark-making! We explore ways to incorporate tracing in our process.


Watch workshop video one: Same but Different
Watch workshop video two: Exploring Drawing Techniques with Tracing
Watch workshop video three: Tracing Objects

S03E02: SHADOWS

In ArtStarts Explores: Shadows, we look at the uses of light and opacity in creating different kinds of shadows! We ask questions like: How can our bodies become shadow makers and storytellers? And if we want to leave our shadows behind, how do we make them permanent?


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S03E01: FRAMING

If you joined us in April 2020, you know how much the format of our online series has changed! So, for Season 3, we explore previous themes, starting with FRAMING. We're adding workshops to our very first theme series that we started in spring 2020. You can also go back and compare these episodes to some of the first episodes in our archive. What has changed? What do you notice?


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S02E08: EQUIVALENTS

Can we take something we do with our bodies and represent it on a piece of paper with a mark-making tool? What words can represent an image? What can we learn from other artists when we copy their styles and techniques? How do we copy responsibly? Let's learn about translating, copying, and interpreting together.


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S02E07: COMICS

Comics are arranged with individual squares that feature cartoon drawings and text bubbles or boxes with prose. Altogether, the panels tell a story! In this theme, we explore creating our own stories using comics!


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S02E06: FOLDING

Have you ever made a zine, or opened a birthday card, or read a pop-up book? Folding a page can hide and reveal all kinds of things that turn a regular piece of paper into a story, a joke, or a new learning experience!


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S02E05: MAPS

If ‘X’ is you looking for family fun every Saturday morning, then ArtStarts Explores: Maps marks the spot! For the month of February, set your sights on our weekly online programming as we embark on a journey of creating and learning together through maps. We will be exploring scale, direction, location, and distance, as well as map related questions that unfold such as how folks come to inhabit different lands.


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S02E04: STRING

Our January ArtStarts Explores theme is String!
If think about it, you probably have a piece of string on you right now! From clothing and sewing, to jewelry, to binding and organizing, string has so many uses, and is available in so many varieties. Whether it’s a thin thread, or a multi-strand piece of cord, string is a multi-purpose material and tool that offers us so many different avenues to explore!


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Drawing with String

S02E03: CONTRAST

Another way of saying contrast is “opposition” or opposites, but you can also explore contrast through differences, tension, and even complimentary partnerships. In art, contrast can be an exploration of different colours, textures, materials, themes, ideas, and so much more!


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Exploring Backgrounds
Exploring Depth
Exploring Still-Life and Grey
Different Shades of Grey

S02E02: MARK MAKING

Mark making can mean a lot of different things, but at its heart it’s really simple - it is you making your mark! Your gesture is unique to you because it’s you that makes it.


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Watch workshop video part three - bonus game!

SE02E1: TEXTURES

A texture is the feeling, or appearance or a surface, or the consistency of a substance. Basically, it is the look and feel of an object. If you touch a plastic ball, what kind of texture does it have? When you look at the grass compared to a sidewalk, what is different about their surfaces? Can you imagine what it is like to touch a carpet compared to touching a shirt or your pants?


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S01E10: Circles

Circles don’t have any start or end, but to make a circle, you have to start somewhere. Try drawing different circles. What do you notice about where you start, and where you end? Do the ends and beginnings of your circle really disappear? What happens to ends and beginnings when you draw your circle fast or slow?


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S01E09: CHANCE

Let’s take a chance! We encourage you to be brave and try new things, even when you aren’t sure how something will work out. Mistakes lead us to be creative problem solvers! Taking a chance gives us the opportunity to discover something we never would have. This week, we're rolling the dice, planning nothing, and seeing what happens when we just let things happen!


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S01E08: LANDSCAPES

Have you ever taken a picture of a landscape? If you've ever taken or made a picture of a scene without a human in the picture, you probably have! Explore landforms, framing using nature, and consider how the land around us is just as interesting (and sometimes more so) than the people and animals on it!


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S01E07: GRIDS

Grids are made up of a bunch of lines that cross each other to form a series of square or rectangles. They're a useful tool, and not just for art-making. They are used by photographers, architects, digital artists and programmers, city planners, mathematicians, and more. Once you start practicing using grids, you’ll start noticing patterns and systems that rely on grids, and recognizing how present they are are in your daily life!


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S01E06: COLLAGE

The word collage means "to stick together" in French. While most people think collage is only for visual arts (sticking things on a page), if we think about it, we can stick together a lot of things. Different pieces of music can be stuck together to create new songs and musical styles; quilting is when we take pieces of fabric and sew them together. We explore the act of taking something apart and putting it together again in different ways - to help us learn new ways of looking and creating!


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S01E05: ALPHABET

It's as easy as A-B-C. When we learn our letters, we're doing so much more than just learning to read! We're learning to recognize patters, to draw and communicate abstract ideas, and how to archive and record ideas and experiences. The Alphabet that we learn in Canada (using Latin, or Roman letters) are also only one kind of alphabet. This episode of Explores looks at our alphabet, alphabets used by different people and languages across BC and around the world, and even takes apart letters, only to put them back together in ways that go beyond reading and writing.


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S01E04: ERASERS

Erasers are often used to fix mistakes - but they are so much more than that! Give your eraser a makeover, and start using your eraser as an art-making tool. In this episode of Explores, we rethink making "mistakes" and what it means to shift our thinking away from needing to hide or cover our mistakes by removing them altogether, and learn how to incorporate accidental marks into our creative process.


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S01E03: TRACING

There are many different ways to thinking about "tracing". If you're talking about making art, the easiest word association is "copying." Today, we're going to look at making copies, image permission (or what we should trace) and how tracing is an important skill. We'll explore the act of tracing different objects using different materials together.


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S01E02: SHADOWS

A shadow is a dark area where light is blocked by an opaque object. A sibling of shadow is silhouette, the cross-section or "2D" version of shadow, and both of these concepts are our focus for this episode on Explores.


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S01E01: FRAMING

Framing is a technique used by visual artists (especially cinematographers and photographers) to help draw your attention to something in a picture or scene, or make you feel a certain way while you watch. It’s like dress up but for a room. Before we go looking for ways to dress our scenes, let’s make viewfinders to help us focus our vision. It’s like a camera, tablet, or phone, but this time we are going to step away from our devices.


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