Goodbye to Summer 2015 and Welcoming Fall

This summer, new chairs/office equipment and freshly painted walls started the exciting summer camp program at Art City. Huge thanks goes to Trillium Foundation for providing the equipment grant.

Throughout summer, we explored a wide variety of artistic practices and materials such as Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, and Sculpture, and we also had a week of art themed on Animal and a week all about comics. Also, the 6-week camp extended to 7th week with new resident Artist- RadioDress.

This summer we challenged the students to expand their creative horizons and artistic boundaries as actual young sprouting artists. We made them think outside of the box using their imagination to create various artworks, telling a visual and a unique story. Also, the resident artist Radiodress brought relativity new topics for them such as the Indigenous history and the self exploration with family stories to create artworks. Also students loved using and creating sound art and felt accomplished by taking their final recorded CD and it’s cover as an artwork. Summer ended with a wonderful group project called Sandy Knoll lead by the Resident artist.

GOODBYE Summer, we had so much fun!!

Here comes Fall 2015 with new and exciting programs such as Art and Drama with Suitcase Theatre. Art City cannot wait to start the fall after-school program on September 29th, 2015.  Hope to see everyone there. 3 week58IMG_0432week 561IMG_0510IMG_0766  week 7.156 IMG_0752

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First week: Let’s Paint -Summer Camp at Art City

Week 1, Let’s Paint was very successful among kids as they enjoy all different kinds of techniques and materials to finish their masterpieces. Kids arrived at 1 :00pm and 1:30pm they were shown various artist works to inspire them to paint. Daily they created 2 pieces of artwork, and in the between they took a break for healthy snack from Second Harvest and enjoyed outdoor games. (image1)

Some of the techniques the kids mastered over the week are learning and using tinting, complimentary, warm and cold colours in creating various of their artworks. There were various Artists who inspired these kids to create wonderful artwork. For example, they created Sonia & Robert Delaunay’s bright, colourful geometric inspired Paintings (image 2). They also learned to express their feelings through abstract artworks inspired by Jackson Pollock, John Kissick and Mark Rothko (Image 3). They also created landscape paintings inspired by Tom Thomson and Group of Seven (Image 4).

On Thursday we took the kids to a trip to Art Gallery of Ontario AGO. Kids had loads of fun trying costumes, posing with artworks and drawing their favourite work (Images 5-10). They also looked at quite a few artist artworks that they discussed and created paintings inspired by them. Thank you to Kids Up Front for providing us the tickets to AGO..

On the last day, we had wonderful Show Case of all the works and kids were really excited to show all their wonderful work to their parents as they came to pick them up.

Thank you and Hurray to all the volunteers and staff members, who spent their uttermost best to make this week amazing for all the kids.

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(Image 1, Lily and Simon preparing Snack)

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(Image 2, Bright Geometric Abstract watercolours)

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(Image 3, Abstract Expressionism)

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Food –Draw, Paint, Sculpt but Never Eat

Over the winter programming, kids painted, drew and sculpted their favorite desert /food.  The art was inspired my artists Claes Oldenburg’s food sculptures and Wayne Thiebaud’s cake paintings. It became the most fun and interesting art activity for the students as they pretend eating their hand-made sculpted food and paintings.

The sculptures took 2 classes for the students to finish. First class they molded paper into their desired food shape and then taped and glued it to maintain its shape. During the next class they painted the sculptures to bring their food to life. S  ome create exaggerated versions of ice creams and sushi with chopsticks.  Other students created burgers and chicken legs to munch on.

The desert painting also required two-step process. First the students underlay their paintings with brown under-paint for the shadows and then overlaid with bright colors to make their desert paintings more realistic.

Well, Art City not only had the kids make their favourite, sweet and yummy food but also made them draw and paint some healthy food such as the apple paintings inspired by the artist Paul Cezanne and some still-life fruits and vegetable drawings.

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Skipping Rope Contest

Since the weather has changed, Kids at Art City enjoy their outdoor time to the fullest. After their Art activity around 5:30, they step outside and enjoy the nice weather while playing various games, including skipping rope. With weekly practice even the young ones are getting good at skipping rope. We might just have a contest or set a record of highest number of kids skipping rope at the sametime.

The Kids at Art City enjoy team plays and games. Sometimes, they skip rope to various beats or they take individual turns, and other times they jump together. Its all about the team work.


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Mermaids at Art City

When the studio doors open at 3:00pm, Art City comes alive. The children from the local schools start to flood in and enjoy a healthy snack from Second Harvest. Between 3:00pm – 4:30pm the students at Art City are encouraged to do homework and be creative during open studio time. Being creative at this time usually generates story books, cootie catchers and random drawings.

One student has been using this time to make her fantasy a reality. Elizabeth has been making mermaid tails out of paper all week! Her tail was so convincing that the mermaid God’s recruited her!

See you in the water Elizabeth!

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Registration: Summer Camp!

The Art City winter after school program is almost over. As the weather warms up we are getting ready to launch the summer camp program. The summer camp will run for 6 weeks and each child is allowed to register for 2 weeks.

The Summer Camp Registration will be on Tuesday, May 19th from 6:15-8:00pm at Art City!
Please remember: 
– no early registration
– registration will only be done in person
– 2 weeks of programming
– parents/ guardians can only register their own children
First priority goes to residents in the St. Jamestown community and children who attend Our lady of Lourdes, Rose Avenue and Church Street Public school.
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Business in the Streets: Youth Entrepreneurship Summit, April 25th


Youth interested in entrepreneurship are invited to meet the BITS family and learn more about programs that provide access to free business education, financial assistance and peer-mentorship.

Learn. Get Inspired. Network. Have Fun!

April 25, 2015 at George Brown College, St James campus. RSVP is required by April 22. Space and free food is limited! To reserve your spot:…

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