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!
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.Watch theme video
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.Watch theme video
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.Watch theme video
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.Watch theme video
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.Watch theme video
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!Download activity guide
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!Download activity guide
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!Download Activity Guide