By Mike Baker
Kids and youth can explore creativity from home this coming spring break. There are a number of online art camps in Guelph ranging from dance, music, art, and nature-based art classes. Teachers get a break too of course, and if you're an educator looking to hone your online classroom skills, than the Making Box has you covered. See what's happening locally.
This April, join us for a fabulous week of Camp-To-Go! With a blend of virtual instruction and hands-on activities, this creative program for kids ages 7 to 12 brings the arts directly to your home, providing your kids with an unforgettable interactive learning experience.
From painting to Perler bead design, Camp-To-Go features a live 90-minute virtual creative Zoom session every morning at 10:30 am inspired by the work of a diversity of artists. The best part? You’ll receive all the supplies you need to follow along! Supply kits can be picked up prior to the start of camp and contain materials to be used in art-making over the course of five days. The cost for Camp-To-Go including materials, instruction and facilitation is $100. To learn more visit here.
Art Gallery of Guelph. Camp-to-Go. Image provided by Art Gallery of Guelph
Guelph Dance. Virtual March Break Arts Camp. April 12-16
Experience Virtual March Break Arts Camp from the safety of home! Camp programming will include Dance, Music, Visual Art, Mindfulness, Yoga and Story Creation taught by exceptional teaching artists, for campers currently in K-Gr. 5. Campers can join us daily at 9:30am for an optional morning circle before moving on to do-at-your-own-pace pre-recorded activities. See our website for more information and to register.
Image of March Break Arts Explosion Camp from previous years at Guelph Dance. Image provided by Guelph Dance
The Making Box. Improv for Educators. Online, drop-In
Planning and delivering lessons is an essential part of teaching. This session seeks to help you develop a frame of mind so you can deliver your content with greater confidence and flexibility. Scientific research shows that using improvisation in the classroom can lead to greater participation online, group collaboration, self-efficacy, confidence and even better teaching evaluations. This interactive session will introduce you to three improv principles that you can apply in your classroom and to your mindset as an educator. Click here to learn more or visit here to learn more about improv fundamentals starting on March 11.
Image provided by The Making Box.
Yulia Balabanova, Guelph Arts Council Artist Member and Instructor. Online and in person
Yulia Balobanova, artist and art instructor inspires people to create their own art. Yulia teaches weekly art classes and monthly art workshops for kids and adults in person in Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph. She also teaches art classes online and offers art workshops via Zoom during lockdown.This is a great opportunity to develop your creativity and relax while you are drawing or painting. Visit her website or YouTube channel to learn more.
Artwork by Yulia Balabanova. Image courtesy of the artist.
Focus On Nature. April 12-16. Online
Kids need quality time in nature, especially now during the COVID-19 lockdowns. So we’ve revamped our March Break Camp program so your children can participate from home! During the week of April 12 to 16, each day will start with an online photography lesson where campers will learn new techniques for both camera and cellphone photography. They will be exposed to macro photography, landscape photography, and more! Campers will then be given a photo challenge and encouraged to explore nature in their neighbourhood while putting their new skills into practice. In the afternoon we’ll gather again on Zoom to learn how to edit our photos and participate in some fun activities. Campers will connect with other passionate nature photographers throughout the week and share their photographs with each other!
More Camps in the Surrouding Area
Kitcherner Waterloo Art Gallery. Virtual April Break Camp April 12-16
Button Factory Arts, Waterloo. Contemporary Art with Meghan Bunce. April 12-16 (Online)