Power your children's PA Day with energizing art activities and outdoor recreation! These full-day workshops are suitable for active kids who are curious to explore creative ideas inspired by contemporary art and local culture. Dates coincide with most PA Days of local school boards. Pour les descriptions des programmes en français, cliquez ici.
- 2 June 2017
We are setting up shop in Gairloch Gardens! Kids will make fresh lemonades from scratch and craft keepsake treats using a range of sculpture materials.
- 25 September 2017
Hatch an escape plan with a range of imaginative art activities inspired by the work of exhibiting artist Tamara Henderson. Participants will paint with watercolour, sculpt with clay and sew their way to an alternate reality, whether a favourite dream, a far off galaxy or a fairytale kingdom.
Pop-Up Maker Market
- 6 October 2017
Make a button, a poster, a zine, a magnet—anything small, simple and fun! Our studio will be transformed into a supply smorgasbord, with all sorts of materials for participants to make into their own artworks and inventions. In the afternoon, we'll set up shop and trade our wares!
A Lexicon of Magic
- 24 November 2017
Your artistic vocabulary is about to get a lot more magical! After checking out an exhibition by the artist duo FASTWÜRMS, kids will head back to the art room to draw out an inventory of items needed to make magic. A cat, some bats, a few tools or a video camera and mushrooms, perhaps? Whatever charms you the most will be made into clay sculptures tinted with colourful potions.
Plot Twist Paintings
- 2 February 2018
Spend your day plotting out a large painting using canvas and acrylic paint. But there's a catch! Inspired by the paintings on view by Allison Katz, participants will learn how to put a contemporary twist on their artworks, such as combining seemingly mismatched images or basing their painting on a passage from a book.
- 16 February 2018
Do you like to daydream? Bring your imaginary world to life with this claymation workshop! Participants will make characters out of modelling clay, then pose and photograph them one small movement at a time. With the help of their instructor, they will edit their photos into a short animation using iMovie, and finish their films with sound effects and credits.
- 1 June 2018
In this classic Oakville Galleries workshop, participants will learn how to assemble buoyant and waterproof materials into artworks that float in water. After drawing blueprints of our inventions and painting watercolours to immortalize them, we will take the sculptures down to the ponds in Gairloch Gardens to float.
Get Your Glue On
- 27 April 2018
Discover the many different uses for this art room staple: glue! Often invisible, participants will learn clever ways of making glue the most exciting part of an art project. From glue drawings and making slime to hot-glue sculptures and puffy paintings, participants will be impressed by all the things you can do with this sticky substance.
9:00 am–4:00 pm
Before-care and after-care is available every day from 8:00 am–9:00 am ($5/day per child) and 4:00 pm–5:30 pm ($7/day per child). Parents must register for extended care at least 2 business days in advance.
All classes are held in the Education Centre at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, 1306 Lakeshore Road East, located 2 km east of downtown Oakville.
What to bring
Campers are required to bring a lunch, snacks, and drinks for the day. Lunches and snacks must be nut-free. Refillable water bottles are highly recommended. Indoor and outdoor clothing and footwear that can endure both messy fun and outdoor play are encouraged. Please bring a change of clean shoes to wear indoors in bad weather. Smocks are not provided. All art materials are supplied by Oakville Galleries.
Cancellation with a refund must be applied for at least 7 days before your child's program begins. Refunds are subject to a $15 administrative fee. There are no refunds for cancellations requested less than 7 days before the program begins, or for extended care. Please allow 2-4 weeks for refunds by cheque.