During Handscapes, families learn about endangered species, conceptual art, and landscape painting. Participants are provided with an introduction to watercolour painting techniques, and each child receives a World Wildlife Fund endangered species animal adoption kit while supplies last! Children learn about their animal before painting their animal’s habitat, applying the watercolour techniques. The act of integrating the participant’s hand into the painting connects the painter to the landscape and to the animal’s habitat, reinforcing the idea that humans are inextricably linked to the world around them.
AGES 5 – 12
Poetics of Architecture is an architectural design workshop for youth. This program shows youth examples of sustainable architecture from around the globe, focusing on innovative projects with a high caliber of design. Participants will also learn about the nine points that No.9 promotes for building sustainable cities (water management, waste management, open spaces, green building design, public transportation, alternative energy sources, urban agriculture, public art and design, and civic engagement and leadership) before designing their own sustainable structure using a kit of parts. They then photograph their models to get a sense of the scale of the spaces they have just created. The projects created can provide strong lessons and base material for portfolio development as well as an introduction to the terms and concepts taught in post-secondary programs.
Ages 12 and up