Power Kids workshop at 2018 TOAF. Photo: Andrew Williamson
We engage young art lovers and their families in high quality art-making activities and discussions through Power Kids workshops, a young art collectors program and fun art talks just for kids.
Budding Art Buyers
Power Kids Workshops
We are committed to nurturing the next generation of art admirers and collectors. Art lovers 14-years-old and under, are invited to purchase affordable and quality works from TOAF participating artists at a $5-$20 price point to start their budding art collections. No adults allowed!
The fun and joy of the Power Kids program has moved with us online! The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery has once again partnered with TOAF to offer an interactive activity to engage your kids in the world of art, and create some art of their own for children ages 7-12 for FREE. Tours and workshops are led by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids and Outreach Coordinator and Dominika Gudaniec, Education Programs Teaching Assistant.
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Power Kids: Take Flight
In 2017, The Power Plant presented Amalia Pica: Ears to Speak of, an exhibition that reminds us of the importance of listening and communication. Amalia created three sculptures made of cardboard, to-scale versions of concrete sound mirrors built along the coast of England in the 1920s and 1930s, intended to detect incoming airplanes. Whereas concrete reflects sound, cardboard absorbs sound. In this art-making activity, we will create our own cardboard airplanes in response to Amalia’s cardboard sound mirrors.
What You'll Need:
- Elastic Band
- Glue (hot glue would be best)
- Markers (not essential)
- Plasticine (not essential)
This year’s Power Kids workshops are inspired by the work of artist Kima Lenaghan. Lenaghan’s illustrations are inspired by narratives of magic, environmentalism and consciousness. In this workshop, TOAF visitors are invited to create mini-illustrations following the artist’s playful yet thoughtful narratives. First, we will paint different shapes and blobs using watercolour, brushes, straws and salt. Then, using markers, we will challenge ourselves to turn our shapes into animals, people and objects to create mini illustrations of magical worlds!
These workshops for our young visitors begin with an engaging group discussion and tour, followed by an art-making activity. Drawing upon the work of artist Katrina Jurjans and her interest in patterns and layers, participants are invited to make their DIY collagraph prints.
Power Kids: Toronto Time Travellers
This year’s Power Kids sessions draw upon the themes of discovery and reinvention highlighted throughout the exhibition this year. Each workshop will begin with an engaging group discussion and tour inspired by artists in the exhibition, followed by a hands-on art-making activity resulting in a personal response. In these workshops we will act as fictional time travelers reporting from Toronto’s future landscape! Inventing our own imaginative architecture and cultural scene, we will design and write postcards describing our observations and adventures in the new city. Then, using watercolour, ink, and collage papers, we will bring our postcards to life and mail them to family and friends across Canada.