Authored by: WAG Staff on August 5, 2013
One of the perks of working in Youth Programs at the WAG is getting a chance to participate in the many festivals that occur over the summertime in Winnipeg. With our supplies in tow, we started our festival season with a fun weekend at Kids Fest. What a treat! The WAG tent hosted hundreds of talented young artists as they drew their masterwork with a variety of mediums including markers, colored pencils, crayons, pastels and more. We even saw inspired parents join in on the fun, and tell their kids about some of the many artists showcased in this summer’s blockbuster show 100 Masters: Only in Canada. Most of all, it was rewarding to see kids of all ages draw intuitively and without restriction-something many of us adults can learn from.
The WAG also had the honor of participating in the 7th Aboriginal Day Live at the Forks. As first time participants, we were proud to be part of the celebration. For this festival, the WAG offered a printmaking workshop which invited participants to etch out their design on foam pads, choose which colour to apply with their rollers and print their image by applying their foam pads to paper. The results were amazing! Mountainous landscapes, organic patterns, tipis and birds. The crowd was creative and talkative, there was music to our left, craft making on our right. It was a great day.
Participating in local festivals is a great way for the WAG to be grounded in its community and as always, have fun with art.
Come and visit the WAG tent at these upcoming festivals!
- Kids Festival of the Arts - August 13-16
- North End Community - August 17
- Many Fest - September 7-8
by Sophie Bégin
Sophie Bégin is a graduate of the Emily Carr University with a Bachelor of Media Arts. Recently moved to Winnipeg, she is currently the bilingual Art Educator in Youth Programs at the WAG.