This weekend was filled with fun and games and kids as I volunteered with the Writers' Exchange at their mini-golf fundraiser supporting literacy programming for inner-city kids. Each of the nine holes had a different literary theme, ranging from Max from Where the Wild Things Are, to Harry Potter, to the popular "Piggie and Elephant" books from Mo Willems. Our course had one exciting variation from a typical putt-putt course however, and that was that each hole had a secret trivia questions, that if answered correctly, would allow each member of the team to subtract one point from their score for that hole.
On Friday night, we held a tournament for sponsors, friends, and families, which was won by our talented friends at Juice Truck, and on Saturday and Sunday, our course was open to the public as a pay-what-you-can (or free!) drop-in event. We also had a button-making station for kids (I was lucky enough to receive TWO gifted handmade buttons from some of the awesome kids I work with weekly - below,) a photo station, and a large selection of our awesome kid-made published books available for sale, including the popular colouring book, choose your own adventure book, and Vancouver tour guide.
A big thank you to all the other volunteers who came out, the teams who participated in the Friday night tournament, the AMAZING team of volunteers from Home Depot who helped build each of the holes, and most of all, to the incredible kids and their families who joined us this weekend. I feel very lucky to have been able to hang out with them all this weekend!
For more photos from the event (and of all the other exciting things we get up to at Writers' Exchange, visit the Instagram page. For more info about volunteering, donating, or registration, visit the website.
Not practicum related - but still super fun for a future art teacher!
This weekend I was invited to a very special little man's 5th birthday party at 4Cats Art studio in North Vancouver. This wasn't just any birthday party though.. it was a SPLATTER PAINT PARTY. Seriously, I had so much fun watching the kids fling paint across the room all while making beautiful works of art in the style of Jackson Pollock. Almost as fun was watching the looks on all the parent's faces as they came to collect their paint-soaked kids.
There's nothing like watching kids get so excited about art and play!
Happy Birthday Caelan! Thanks for including me in your awesome art-themed party.
I joined Mulgrave's grade 9 MYP art class on their field trip to check out some of the public art that is within our communities and to collect materials for student's own mixed-media/recycles sculptures. We began at the Mulgrave totem pole, then headed out to East Van to look at Marcus Bowcott's take on a different kind of totem (below.) Then we walked up Main street to see a few more examples of art installations (one we could walk under and one we had to look way, way up to find) before stopping for lunch. Our final stop was at Urban Source on Main St. where we spend lots of time exploring all the treasures that are to be found in this recycled materials alternative art store.
After returning to school, students spent the remaining minutes in class excitedly planning for their own sculptures.
Working with the grade six students and teachers at Mulgrave school has been a real highlight of my time at Mulgrave school. I am in awe of the amount of work that has gone into the production over the past few months and grateful that I have been included during my community field experience. These students wrote the scripts, acted the scenes, designed and made props, helped with costumes, and lent their musical and dance talents to the final performances. Also included were the grade 1-5 drama club who were absolutely adorable in their roles in the play. Throughout the past two weeks, I have been working with students to build stage props and set decorations for the play, including a massive papier mache rock that Prometheus gets chained to during the show.
Below are some photos documenting the process of building the rock!
Also check out my review of the play for Mulgrave's weekly Arts Connection Column for more about the show.