Workshops and Demonstrations
Connect with art up close and tap into your creative instinct: participate in an interactive event for a hands-on experience, or take in a demonstration to gain new insights. With activities for all ages, there’s always an opportunity to learn and create at The Works!
The WorksShop: Family Art Making Programs
Free all ages art-making, inspired by this year’s festival theme of Dialogue. Everyone is invited to come have their say via large-scale comic-style paintings and drawings. What is your message to the world? Come be a part of the conversation with dialogue-themed speech bubbles and portrait making. Informal art learning will focus on text and portraits, and the many variations and combinations they can entail, including: comics, typography, graffiti, self portraits, cartooning, symbolic representations of self, etc. You can take your masterpiece home or add it to our on-site public mural project. We will be creating a 14 panel temporary mural to stay on Churchill Square as part of the construction barrier throughout the upcoming two-year Churchill Square closure. The WorksShop will be a hive of activity near the South East corner of Churchill Square from June 22 to July 4th, 2017. Come get creative with us!
Sunprint Making Workshop
Led by Candace Makowichuk
Have you ever seen a blue photograph? They were very popular over 130 years ago, when the Edmonton Journal first started publishing. Unlike the current technologically advanced processes, Sunprints are made without cameras. By placing objects on special paper and exposing the paper to sunlight, early photographers created blue images, called cyanotypes or sun prints.
You can learn this fun activity at one of the many workshops offered on Canada Day in Sir Winston Churchill Square. They take a little longer than a selfie, but the results are amazing!
Working primarily with a historic bellows sheet film camera and 19th century photographic processes, Candace’s work references common locations by capturing an element of space and time and the intersections between urban site, memory, and the human impulse to connect.
What Have You Heard About Us? Story Circle & Art Making Workshop
Sun, June 25, 1 – 4 pm, Churchill Square
What Have You Heard About Us? / What Do You Think About Me? Walkthrough/Panel Discussion Sun, July 2, 1 - 2:30 pm, Churchill Square
Enjoy demonstrations and exhibits of various Fibre Art techniques, both traditional and contemporary, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, with art projects that build community and tell the complex story of Canada’s people and places. Gain an appreciation for how fibre art skills, used long ago for warmth and decoration, are still used today for the same purposes.
The central message of A Possible CANADA is to evoke conversation about what a possible Canadian society could be, and our role in creating such a society. The images, patterning, and structure of the artwork hold the potential and the capability to facilitate dialogues on this quest. This exhibit consists of two components: the major artwork O’Canada Project and a public participation panel.
Not All That We’ve Been Told is a public poetry workshop. Participants will work with Canadian literature to make the pages of these books into erasure poems. By crossing out and highlighting the original texts, new poetry will be made that either subverts or expands upon established ideas about Canada and its people.
This exhibit presents extended drawing works responding to constructions of nature, animal, history and place by MacEwan University students for the national initiative LandMarks2017/Repères2017. Works were informed by research related to early sites of Fort Edmonton, as well as site visits and performance drawings at Elk Island National Park.
As an organization that serves as a connecting point between Edmonton’s vulnerable youth and the larger Edmonton community, iHuman will bring youth and community members together to explore how an art form that is in many cases viewed solely as a tool for vandalism can be used to enhance community dialogue and beautify this city through a pop-up free wall.
Pubic workshops with various artists will take place daily throughout the festival from 2 – 4 pm.
Temper Talk is a sculpture and print exhibition that features recognizable modes of communication such as telephone towers, walkie-talkies, rotary dials, and tin can telephones. The print series features two “key” prints: one of the phonetic alphabet from a-z and one of Morse code from a-z. Visitors are encouraged to use the “key” prints to decipher the other coded prints and reveal their secret messages.
Discover printmaking techniques with The Works partner gallery SNAP (Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists). Learn about this creative practice and take him a unique hand-printed artwork, create for you live onsite.
Sat. June 24: 10 am - 6 pm
Teams of three or fewer use the surprise materials provided to create pieces of furniture with a set amount of time. This improvised design competition will be judged by a panel of esteemed community members that evening. Register with M.A.D.E. at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.