Artists & Authors

In-Person

Crepe Paper Flower- Kids can make beautiful local flowers such as Violets, Daisies, or Trilliums out of crepe paper. I will provide templates for the small, medium, and large stamens, petals and leaves for the kids to cut the shapes more easily. I can also provide pre-made stamens for those who just want to add petals and leaves.

Your Home is your Orchestra- Discover how everyday objects can be made to sound unbelievably musical! With the right touch- tapping, bowing, blowing, shaking- anything from your kitchen cupboard, closet or garage can sound beautiful. Glass, plastic, aluminum, stainless steel- All take on the breath of life in our hands.

Vocal Soundscapes- Hear the amazing sounds you can generate with the full range of the human voice, starting from traditional breath and reallocation exercises to special effects with breath, whistling and various mouth shapes. Discover the miracle of vocal harmonicas and experience the natural overtones inherent in all vibration. Learn body and face percussion as passed on from Afro-American “Hambone” experts, then, using microphone and electronics, layer and record these new skills into your own brave, new compositions. You may never hear every day things quite the same way!

Song Writing- Use a simple 5 question formula to write fun, simple songs. Answer the following: When? Where? Who? What? Why? Rhyming isn’t necessary. Add accompaniment led by Mark’s Guitar and the music camp ensemble, in any style you can imagine. Add some rehearsal, record, playback, then charm and alarm your family and friends! (The video portion of these workshops would be similar to what he would like to do for the in-person festival)

Dragon on the Hill- This short interactive performance combines dramatic play and performance as the audience helps our two performers tell the story of a dragon on the hill. The dragon likes to look down at all the people in the town below as they go about their lives. But the dragon feels like something is missing. With help of the audience, the dragon discovers that it needs music, and dancing , and friendship.

Therapeutic Painting Party- Asking prompting, but safe questions that guide children to their feelings and help them discover how they are feeling while making art. Sample prompts might be “what does happiness look like to you”

Clay Seed Bomb Sculpture- Children will be guided through creating a clay seed bomb in the form of pinch pot sculpture. Get your hands messy and make the world a little more full of flowers in this all ages workshop.

Flash Your Fairy Tale Cards- Ever wish you could step into a fairy tale and be anything your want? When you flash your fairy tale cards, you can! Good or bad character, animal or magical person, even a magic wand. Children will create fairytale cards by drawing fairytale characters and a deck of cards.

Together with Brenda and the other children in the group, we’ll be creating a fairytale story!

Granny Square Blanket- Using a simple and repeating pattern we can make the iconic granny square. But wait, why stop at just a small square, let’s keep it going and see how big a blanket you can make!

On the farm with your FINGERPRINTS- This workshop is primarily a printing project where the children will create a farm, with animals, birds, insects, trees, flowers, clouds, farm machinery and anything else they wish. They will be using tempera paints which are non-toxic, with vibrant colours. Instead of traditional painting tools like brushes, MOST of the art will be creating using fingerprints!

Clay Snails- Participants will be guided through simple clay hand- building techniques (coiling, pinching, and attachments) to create snails with different shell options out of air-drying clay. Clay snail creations will be taken home by each participant with the option of painting.

Drawing Workshop- Exploring Lines. Participants will be encouraged to create abstract pencil drawings using shapes and emotions

Superhero Capes- Create a superhero cape to wear around the festival. Using recycled fabric, stencils and stamps, participants have the opportunity to create a personalized cape. Will it be an everyday hero like a Nurse, Crossing Guard or Gardener, or will the cape transform you into a character with imagined superpowers?!

Paper Puppet Crafting- Let’s make some friends! We’ll be creating some new puppet friends, giving them names and personalities. Use your imagination to bring them fully to life.

Search for the long-lost heart of My-Sa-Elf- Is a hidden treasure map using a large zip-lock bag with an image drawn on the outside. When a black piece of paper is placed inside the drawing is put into darkness. With a paper cut out flashlight placed inside it creates an effect that illuminates the hidden image to help find the hidden treasure.

I love ME Pizza- Love ME Pizza is a colour page cut out that you put together little by little for a month. The kids cut out the ingredients to a pizza and on the cheese and heart pepperoni they write something they love about themselves. Each day they pick ingredients, write what they love and glue it down. After 30 days they will have a full pizza showing 30 things they love about themselves.

Mediation sessions for children! Take a calming breath with Allison and learn some calming techniques! The festival can be overwhelming for some, and so we want to ensure there is a calm space available!

What is art- We will be looking at some famous works of art and will test out brainstorming definition. Next, we will read one of my books that explores the difference between art and everyday activities. We will then do a hands on project of our own where we take pictures of everyday objects and modify/add to them in order to make art.

Art saves the world!- In this workshop we’ll explore the role of artists as bringers of positive change. We will then continue with reading one of my books, and ask questions, brainstorm positive changes.

Get moving with Melania and her team and learn some of the fundamentals of dance!

Telling Tales Stage:

We’re pleased to have partnered with Telling Tales this year! We’ll be joined by 3 wonderful Authors who will be doing some book readings, signings and workshops! Imagine In The Park will be at Telling Tales Festival September 24-25 at RBG.

Digital Festival

Get Swept away with Magical Brooms- Lee will demonstrate how kids (and parents) can make their own miniature magical brooms using some simple supplies and, along the way, do some storytelling and lead some brainstorming, inspire those writers in the audience to get swept away into their own imaginations. This project also connects to his latest children’s book, Spell Sweeper

Let’s go to Wizard School- Lee will lead a drawing session in which he brainstorms and explains the steps to designing a crest for a magical school. Hands will be provided that kids can download at home to help them with the process. This session will serve to show the fundamentals of design in a fun and engaging way, and directly ties in to his latest children’s book.

Can’t wait? Watch Lee’s other videos here!

Fancy Fans- Since the festival is in the summer, it will be hot! This craft is to teach kids how to make their very own fancy fan with protective handles that they can decorate to really express themselves.

Pipe Cleaner Dragonflies- The kids can decorate their rooms with sparkly dragonflies on their dressers or hanging from their ceilings! Have even more fun with optional glow in the dark breads!

Read-along- Bruce is going to read his children’s picture book “Paislee and the Talking Tree”. Bruce will sing the song that he wrote to present the book called “Three said Hello.”

Mini Concert- Bruce will perform a mini concert with original children’s songs. It will be a mix of interactive components such as: dancing, singing along, actions, and clapping.

What is art- We will be looking at some famous works of art and will test out brainstorming definition. Next, we will read one of my books that explores the difference between art and everyday activities. We will then do a hands on project of our own where we take pictures of everyday objects and modify/add to them in order to make art.

Art saves the world!- In this workshop we’ll explore the role of artists as bringers of positive change. We will then continue with reading one of my books, and ask questions, brainstorm positive changes.

Sound Explorer Part 1 & 2- A trip back in time to explore found sounds and their evolution to some of today’s discoveries in science and music. Dave will demonstrate numerous objects like the musical saw, conch shell trumpet, old tools as modern percussions. Dave will also play some new discovered sounds in his home stead, like the firewood xylophones. Video two will be an extension of this idea.

Can’t wait? Watch Dave’s other videos here!

Search for the long-lost heart of My-Sa-Elf- Is a hidden treasure map using a large zip-lock bag with an image drawn on the outside. When a black piece of paper is placed inside the drawing is put into darkness. With a paper cut out flashlight placed inside it creates an effect that illuminates the hidden image to help find the hidden treasure.

I love ME Pizza- Love ME Pizza is a colour page cut out that you put together little by little for a month. The kids cut out the ingredients to a pizza and on the cheese and heart pepperoni they write something they love about themselves. Each day they pick ingredients, write what they love and glue it down. After 30 days they will have a full pizza showing 30 things they love about themselves.

Can’t wait? Watch Learning With Lexi’s other videos here!

Drawing and Sculpting Underwater Creatures- The first part of the video will be directed to ages 5-6 and the second part will continue with more detail and difficulty for ages 7-10.

On the farm with your FINGERPRINTS- This workshop is primarily a printing project where the children will create a farm, with animals, birds, insects, trees, flowers, clouds, farm machinery and anything else they wish. They will be using tempera paints which are non-toxic, with vibrant colours. Instead of traditional painting tools like brushes, MOST of the art will be creating using fingerprints!

Can’t wait? Watch Learning With Fortunée’s other videos here!

Flash Your Fairy Tale Cards- Ever wish you could step into a fairy tale and be anything your want? When you flash your fairy tale cards, you can! Good or bad character, animal or magical person, even a magic wand. Children will create fairytale cards by drawing fairytale characters and a deck of cards.

Flashy Fairy Tale Story Circles- Now that we have our Fairy Tale Cards made, we’ll go through 2 other ways you can play with them.

Comics creation for Kids!- After going over some basic comic elements we’ll play a couple of quick games to spark our creativity and create lots of comics in a short amount of time! Perfect for beginners who are intimidated to get started in the comics world!

Book Illustration and bringing your story to life for kids!- Going over what makes good book illustrations and how to get your beautiful stories drawn out onto paper! Having fun and letting our creativity go wild! This video will teach you tips and tricks to making illustrations that will make others smile!

5 Photo Assignments to Challenge You- The best photographers are constantly challenging themselves. Challenges help us improve our creativity and technical skills, and make us better problem solvers too! In this video, we present a series of 5 assignments you can do on your own or with your friends. They will give you a bit of direction and inspire you to take your photography to the next level!

5 Photo Assignment to Inspire You- As photographers, sometimes you get stuck and need a bit of inspiration! Inspirations can help us manifest new ideas and possibilities. In this video, we present a series of 5 assignments you can do on your own or with your friends. They will awaken you creativity energy and challenge you to see things in a new light!

Can’t wait? Check out Diane’s other videos here!

Make Your Own Juggling Balls at Home- Make your own juggling balls at home at a low-cost using items you may already have around your home!

Learn to Juggle- Learn skills to improve your mental health wile learning the basic 3-ball juggling pattern.

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