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AFK ArtReach Video Series

​​​​​​​​​​​This series will guides classrooms or individuals at home through art activities focused on principles of creative inquiry and play.​

Videos will be posted to our website throughout the school year. Enjoy!

Painting Underwater Environments

Paint an underwater environment inspired by local species of seaweed and fish. In this video an AFK art teacher shares ideas for creating a mixed media painting using layers, colour, and negative space to depict movement. Viewers will learn about the practice of seaforestation in this activity that connects to learning in Arts Education as well as Science.

We're wondering:

What is seaforestation and how can it benefit our natural environment?

How can we use layering, negative space, and colour, to depict movement in a painting of a fish in an underwater environment?


AFKArtReach_Painting Underwater Environments_Materials and Learning Standards_Grades 2-3.pdf

AFKArtReach_Painting Underwater Environments_Materials and Learning Standards_Grades 4-7.pdf

AFK ArtReach_Painting Underwater Environments_Seaweed and Fish Images_Fish Tracer Template.pdf

Seaforestation Lesson Handsworth 2021.pdf

Made Up Machines

Design your own Made Up Machine inspired by the art of Canadian artist Gordon Smith and American cartoonist Rube Goldberg. In this video Amelia Epp shares ideas for drawing from observation and using an image transfer technique to create a playful drawing of an original machine. This activity connects to learning in Arts Education as well as Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies.

We're wondering:

How can we combine drawings of shapes, lines, and objects to design our own made up machines?



Paper Fruit

Explore painting and sculpture as you learn about the artwork of Canadian artist Victor Cicansky and create paper fruit! In this video Amelia Epp shares ideas for representing texture using paint and demonstrates how to use simple materials to create a colourful three-dimensional artwork.

We're wondering:

Where is our fruit grown?​

How can we represent texture using paint?


Drawn to Birds

Develop your skills in drawing birds through both practice and play! In this video Amelia Epp and Emily Neufeld share ideas for drawing birds with a variety of drawing media, from sketching birds outdoors and erasing into graphite powder to painting with India ink.

We're wondering:

How can we develop our skills in representing birds through practice and play?


Mapping Our Own Perspectives

Map your own perspectives of a place! In this video Amelia Epp shares ideas for creating map tiles by drawing and painting with watercolours. Students can join their own map tiles with those of their classmates to create a large collaborative map representing unique points of view.

We're wondering:
​How can we represent our own perspectives of an experience or place through drawing?

How can trying to understand other people's perspectives help us to respond with respect and thoughtfulness?


Paper Playgrounds

Build a paper playground! In this video Amelia Epp shares ideas for drawing outside and gathering inspiration from the built and natural environment. This activity connects to the Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies curriculum, as students generate design ideas through play, imagination, and observation and build their dream play environment as a paper sculpture.

We're wondering:

What does your dream play environment look like?


Transforming Words into Art

Collect words and phrases from the environment around you and transform them into art! In this video Amelia Epp shares a collaborative game for collecting "found" words and a process for creating a mixed media drawing.

We're wondering:
​How can we transform "found" words and phrases into an original text?


Drawing What We Hear

Create a drawing that represents the sounds in the environment around you. In this video Amelia Epp shares ideas for listening with attention and drawing what you hear. Extend the activity and create your own sound piece!

We're wondering:

How can we represent what we hear in a drawing?

Why is it important to listen with attention?


Stencils & Storytelling

Create collaged whale puppets inspired by the artwork of Anna Binta Diallo and David Blackwood. In this video Amelia Epp shares ideas for making and playing with stencils, working with found imagery, and storytelling.

We're wondering:

How can we tell stories by collecting and playing with images?


The Stories We Carry With Us

Amelia Epp teaches viewers about "knolling" and shares ideas for creating a mixed media drawing based on our own personal histories. In this lesson, we learn about Orange Shirt Day and consider the invisible backpack of experiences and history that we all carry with us.


We're wondering:

How can we represent our personal stories and histories through symbols?

How can we contribute to environments in which we all feel safe to play?


AFKArtReach_The Stories We Carry With Us_Materials and Learning Standards.pdf​

Playing with Food (and the Frame)!

Amelia Epp shares an activity in which viewers create a still life and play with food, as well as the frame. In this video we explore the artwork of Birthe Piontek, Mary Pratt, and Iain Baxter&.

We're wondering:

How does playing with the frame create meaning in art?


AFKArtReach_Playing with Food and the Frame_Materials and Learning Standards.pdf

Collaged Characters

Amelia Epp shows viewers how to create playful collaged characters inspired by BC artists Karin BubaΕ‘ and Nadina Tandy.


We're wondering:

How can we create a visual narrative through collage, composition, and play?


Visual Listening Journal

Amelia Epp shows viewers how to create a visual listening journal inspired by the mixed-media work of Jane Ash Poitras.

We're wondering:

What role does active listening play in a journey of learning and unlearning?

How can we communicate our learning journey using the languages of the arts?


First Peoples Principles of Learning.pdf

Drawing the Unseen

Emily Neufeld leads a photography and drawing activity encouraging viewers to go on a scavenger hunt in their own homes and to consider labour and ways of seeing. The video features Emily Neufeld's artwork, as well as works by artists Wayne Eastcott, Betty Goodwin, Erin McSavaney, Robert Young, and Etienne Zack.

We're wondering:

Who contributed to the construction of our homes?

What materials are used to construct our homes?

Where do these materials come from?


Landscape Painting

Amelia Epp shares a landscape painting activity inspired by the creative processes and artwork of painter Gordon Smith.

We're wondering:

How can we represent the feeling of a place?

What can we learn from other people's creative processes?


Get the lesson plan here: Painted Landscape Inspired by Gordon Smith - Grades 4-7.pdf

Origami Salmon

Daylen Luchsinger leads an art activity based on the artwork of Yaahl Sgwansung - Bill Reid and Gu Xiong. Viewers will learn how to create a playful origami fish installation. β€‹

We're wondering:

How do journeys transform us?

How do our own journeys connect to those of others?

How are journeys similar to the creative process? 


Get the Origami lesson plan here: OrigamiFish.jpg


Experiments in Drawing

Amelia Epp leads an art activity inspired by Ann Kipling's artwork Dog in Sky (1999). Viewers will experiment with innovative drawing techniques and styles, discovering ways to capture movement and to generate abstractions. 

We're wondering:

How do artists develop their unique visual languages?

How can these be used to represent change?


Playing with Words

Daylen Luchsinger leads an art activity inspired by the humour and language in Graham Gilmore's paintings. 

We're wondering: 

How can words and images be combined to communicate new meanings?


Abstract Paper Sculpture

Amelia Epp leads a sculptural project inspired by Jack Shadbolt's print Shore Image (1997). In this art activity viewers learn about colour theory, patterning, and form as they create an abstract paper sculpture. 

We're wondering: 

How can we use the languages of the arts to communicate about the things we care about?


Drawing Sound

Daylen Luchsinger leads a drawing exercise inspired by Anne Meredith Barry's three panel artwork Whale Song #18 (1993). This art exploration asks viewers to create an artwork based on an animal of their choosing, to consider the sounds that the animal makes, and to then illustrate those sounds. 

We're wondering: 

How can we communicate sounds in a drawing?


Preserving Stories Through Drawing

Amelia Epp leads a drawing exercise inspired by Victor Cicansky's sculpture Fish Jar (2010). This art exploration asks viewers to consider which memories from the present they'll want to hold on to in the future. 

We're wondering: 

How do we preserve stories?

Which stories do we choose to preserve?


Stencilling with Found Objects and Images

Daylen Luchsinger leads a stencil and mail-art based art activity inspired by Damian Moppet's artwork Painting and Figure Maquette in Studio at Night (2006).

We're wondering: 

What stories do objects tell?



Drawing Balance in an Ecosystem

Amelia Epp leads a drawing activity exploring balance inspired by Kenojuak Ashevak's print Song of Spring (2006).

We're wondering: 

How can we create balance?


The AFK ArtReach video series and digital gallery tours contain copyrighted artworks and/or materials, the use of these artworks/materials have not been specifically authorized by the Rights owner(s). In accordance with our mission and goals as a non-profit art educational organization and gallery, we are sharing these artworks and materials as a public service for educational purposes only.


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