ArtStarts Explores: Online Art-Making Workshops

The ArtStarts Explores: Our Province at Play digital series is ArtStarts in Schools’ weekly, free online family programming focused on getting all age ranges and skill levels to make time for play and exploration together.

For the month of April, we have created a 4-part workshop series framed within the theme of ‘Capture’ in celebration of lens-based art! Make a Saturday morning making date with your family, friends, and classmates, as a new episode goes live, and be encouraged to try new things, embrace experimentation and build critical thinking skills through discovery together!

A new episode will become available on four consecutive Saturdays – April 2, 9, 16, and 23 – at 11am on the ArtStarts in Schools Facebook page.

Come make with us!

Kay Slater is a multidisciplinary artist, accessibility consultant and arts worker. As a consultant, they work directly with artists and organizations to build accessibility in at the planning stage, and to incorporate sustainable, grass roots strategies that support evolution in artistic presentation. Their work is rooted in anti-oppression practices, and they employ open source and community-engaged approaches to support ongoing knowledge transfer with makers and creators at all stages of their careers. They are a member of the Open Access Mapping project’s Advisory Committee, and are a proud volunteer and social coordinator at Queer ASL. Kay is passionate about sharing knowledge with the wider arts community. Kay is queer and hard of hearing. They use They/Their/Theirs pronouns exclusively online.

Alyssa Martens is a Brazilian-Canadian poet, community-engaged artist, and gallery curator dedicated to using the tools of creative writing and storytelling as catalysts for social change and climate action. From K-12 students to senior citizens, she enjoys equipping groups of all ages to develop personal voice, write with confidence, engage with literature, and share their stories, opinions, and ideas for public audiences—on stage, on the page, and in public spaces. She actively aims to de-centre experiences from members of dominant people groups by centring and collaborating with made-to-vulnerable perspectives in her work. She leads regular art-making workshops through ArtStarts in Schools, DAREarts, Arts & Health: Healthy Aging through the Arts, and Megaphone Magazine. She uses She/Her/Hers pronouns.

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