The creative arts are often seen as a way for people to express themselves, but few think of the lasting life skills that the arts offer. Those in the arts learn to describe, analyze and interpret, often without words and learn to work with others while collaborating on projects. For parents looking to give their kids a creative boost this summer, there is no shortage of opportunities with many workshops available throughout the Coast.
The Gibsons Public Library received funding from Telus, allowing them to purchase new Chromebooks for Creative Mind Camps that will focus on digital literacy. “There’s lots of sports represented in the community,” says Danielle Arsenault, Young People’s Librarian. “We’re trying to counter the offerings by something more creative, something that might appeal to the kids who spend a lot of time at the library already.” This year’s camp offerings include DJing, video editing, stop-motion animation, recording audio books and 3D printing. “Digital literacy, familiarity with technology, we see that as our role at the library,” says Arsenault. “That’s at the core of these programs.” These types of programs also have the potential to spark imaginations leading to careers in the arts. This is the third year for the Creative Mind Camps, whose programs are very popular and, amazingly, free of charge, though pre-registration is required.
Local painter Bruce Edwards will be giving two different painting workshops. Beginning July 12 at the Sechelt Arts Centre, Edwards will be running Keeping It Wild in Your Backyard, a collaboration with the Conservation Society. This year’s theme is pollinators, with participants learning about indigenous pollinators and plants and then undertaking a painting project based on what they’ve learned. Beginning July 24, Edwards will be running a plein air (painting outside) workshop based out of the Gibsons Public Art Gallery. Edwards has been working with children in the arts for many years. “I find most kids love to draw or want to draw,” says Edwards who likes to start with the fundamentals. “[They] learn how to put geometric shapes together and then end up with something that they’re proud of. You walk around the class and there are no two [paintings] alike and they’re all excited because they’ve created something.” At the end of the workshop, participants have a completed painting to take home.
There are also Clay for Kids workshops with Alex Ora, Collage Art classes with Zaffi Green, and a week-long mobile film camp with Daniella Sorrentino. For a complete list of workshops, dates, times, fees, and contact info, visit suncoastarts.com and click on the workshop link. Workshops for adults are also listed here. For programs at the Gibsons Public Library, call 604-886-2130. For the Arts Centre, call 604-885-5412.