This series will guide classrooms, or individuals at home, through art activities focused on principles of creative inquiry and play.
Videos will be posted to our website every two weeks throughout the school year. Enjoy!
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.
How can we combine drawings of shapes, lines, and objects to design our own made up machines?
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
How can trying to understand other people's perspectives help
us to respond with respect and thoughtfulness?
Paper PlaygroundsBuild 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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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&.
How does playing with the frame create meaning in art?
AFKArtReach_Playing with Food and the Frame_Materials and Learning Standards.pdf
Amelia Epp shows viewers how to create playful collaged characters inspired by BC artists Karin Bubaš and Nadina Tandy.
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.
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.
Who contributed to the construction of our homes?
What materials are used to construct our homes?
Where do these materials come from?
Amelia Epp shares a landscape painting activity inspired by the creative processes and artwork of painter Gordon Smith.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
How can we use the languages of the arts to communicate about the things we care about?
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.
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.
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).
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).
How can we create balance?
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