YOGART STUDIO :: Better than SHARK WEEK

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YOGART STUDIO :: Better than SHARK WEEK

As the end of summer begins to set in and yet another successful art camp at the AGO wraps up, I’d like to take a moment to recap some of the inspiring artworks my campers created over the last 8 weeks. My thoughts and feelings on my experiences as a Studio Instructor at the AGO have been documented here, however I’d like to reiterate just how much I truly enjoy teaching and learning alongside so many inspiring early learners. My campers range from 5 to 7 years of age and each one of them brings a fresh and exciting perspective on the art projects I plan and design. Each session is 2 weeks in length and I usually have 12 to 14 budding artists in my group. When the campers are not running around and playing outdoors in Grange Park with their camp counsellors, they are with me in the studio for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. In the 10 days that follow we experiment with various art mediums, materials and techniques. We talk about risk-taking and how not all art has to look beautiful and that sometimes it’s just more fun and creative when art looks a little weird or different.  I encourage them to step outside of their comfort zone and they encourage me to stay in the moment. At the end of each camp session, the campers invite their family and friends to attend our grand finale art exhibit.  Seeing their artworks on display and the tremendous dedication each of my campers applied to their artworks is notably rewarding. Early childhood education demands a lot of energy, enthusiasm, and patiance but all of that is mirrored back by the smiles, discoveries, and personal achievements my campers experience in their emotional, social and artistic development. I love my job because every week is like Shark Week.

Some highlights from the summer… 

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Crayon scratch boards using lndia Ink and a few drops of dish soap.

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We studied and sketched landscapes by the Impressionists…

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…then we took a page from the Impressionists and sketched outdoors…

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…we retired to the studio to make our own water colour washes…

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…which we collaged to create our Impressionist inspired landscapes.

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A lesson in portraiture: Remixed Artist Headshots!

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Borrowing from Keri Smith’s incredible book “The Guerilla Art Kit”

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Prepping for some printmaking…

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I was deeply inspired by all of the beautiful block printing I saw in India.

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The kids decided on individual personal messages/statements they wanted to share on their reusable totes.

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Wise and touching words from my 6 year old camper 🙂

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One for the veggies…cute 🙂

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Taking our guerilla art to the streets to adorn a park bench with crafted messages and drawings.

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Queen St West Guerilla Art Walk :: checking out Nunca’s 2009 mural on the side of 52 McCaul

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Creating our own floor mural back in the studio.

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Checking out Ai Weiwei: According to What? exhibit at the AGO on until October 27th

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Student testimonials 🙂

A BIG thanks to all the Camp Counsellors, Studio Technicians, Managers, fellow Studio Instructors and especially our summer volunteers who made camp such an amazing experience for all.

AGO/OCAD Summer Art and Design Camps run every summer from the first week of July up until Labour Day weekend and are listed in Children & Families under Learning on www.ago.net

One response to “YOGART STUDIO :: Better than SHARK WEEK

  1. What a wonderful blog!! I absolutely love the children’s work. You allow for heart mind snd spirit to grow. I agree with you about learning from the children. They are often our best teachers!

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