With the start of Spring Break, Family-friendly activities abound to keep the kids entertained. This week Vancouver Art Gallery’s Spring Into Art, virtual spring break programming encourages imaginations to run wild until Marc 19th.
Each day of the week, the program features a new online artmaking sessions, each one focuses on ways to express ideas, identities and stories through the real, imagined and dream-worthy themes of Underwater, Underground, Playspace, Outerspace and Intergalactic.
The opportunity to collaborate with local artists in the community is one of the most unique features about spending spring break with the Gallery. Each workshop will be led by Family Programs Coordinator Christina Jones and/or a local artist, who will share inspiring artworks and demonstrate imaginative activities! All ages and abilities are welcome to join in Spring Into Art.
Vancouver Art Gallery Spring Into Art Schedule features:
March 15 | 1 pm
AMABIE POSTCARD PROJECT WITH CINDY MOCHIZUKI
Learn more about the ausipicious Amabie, a Japanese y?kai that was first documented in 1846 in the Higo prefacture (now known as Kumamoto), and participants can create their own unique Amabie. This y?kai is the subject of visual artist Cindy Mochizuki’s animated film Amabie, on view in the exhibition Stories That Animate Us.
March 16 | 1 pm
VIRTUAL STUDIO TOUR WITH SONNY ASSU
Find out more about the materials, stories and ideas that inspire interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu as he takes participants on a private tour of his art studio! Get behind-the-scenes access into Assu’s artistic practice and how his creations come to be. Assu’s work on view in the exhibition Uncommon Language.
March 17 | 1 pm
PLAYING WITH SOUND AND MOVEMENT
Family Programs Coordinator Christina Jones hosts a special screening of Allison Hrabluik’s film The Splits (2015), now on view in the exhibition Uncommon Language. About the making of this artwork, Hrabluik explains: “I contacted as many people as I could find who I thought moved in interesting ways. I started with gymnasts, a hula hooper, and weightlifters—athletic ways of moving. To round this out, I considered other ways of performing, like opera and burlesque, amateur music, and how we move every day at work and with animals. I also incorporated elements of our lives that lean towards the grotesque—the salami makers and the hotdog eater. The absurd is linked to our everyday as much as the transcendent, which is often what we look for in physical excellence… I was interested in the similarities between the different actions performed. The motion in the close-up scene of the hula-hooper is echoed in the close ups of the gymnasts and weightlifter. By initially hiding the particular activity involved, I could focus on their shared qualities.”
March 18 | 1 pm
SPACE COMICS WITH COLE PAULS
Award-winning writer, printmaker and illustrator Cole Pauls uses comic art as a way to celebrate his Tahltan culture. Inspired by settings in outer space, participants will work with Pauls to create a zine that tells their story!
March 19 | 1 pm
TRANSFORMATION AND IMAGINATION: ANIMAL COLLAGES WITH SANDEEP JOHAL
Sandeep Johal uses shapes and lines inspired by her South Asian heritage to tell stories. The audience will get to tell their story by transforming shapes, patterns and coloured paper into your own imagined animal collage.
For more details on Spring Into Art and to registration for each of the week’s free workshops visit: vanartgallery.bc.ca/exhibitions/spring-into-art
The Vancouver Art Gallery is also open for in-person visits all week to welcome families of all sizes, with reservations.
for tickets visit vanartgallery.bc.ca