SPLAT: Adventures in Youth Programming

Authored by: Rachel Baerg on February 3, 2010

February has arrived… and so has the really cold weather! Remember, a frigid February day is the perfect opportunity to come and warm up in our galleries. We’ve got a number of fantastic exhibitions on view during the next couple of months, including an exhibition highlighting the work of Canadian encaustic artist Tony Scherman, who creates paintings with mixed color pigments and hot dripping wax. Our on-going exhibition The Permanent Collection on View showcases an impressive selection of coveted treasures from our collection, including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and furniture. Also not to be missed in our current line-up of exhibitions is Delicate Beauty: The Ruby Ashdown Porcelain Collection, featuring beautiful dishes and fancy chinaware that get you right in the mood for a cuppa’ hot chocolate. Finally, if you need to chill out after all that, check out the work of Arctic photographer Richard Harrington located in the mezzanine gallery.

We can hardly wait to present our big block-buster exhibition, The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons, which opens on March 5! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Warner Bros. Family Sunday on March 14. You definitely won’t want to miss it! Activities will begin at 1:30 and run until 4pm. Admission is just $10 for your whole family (that covers 2 adults and up to 4 kids under 18!). And on April 3 you can come to our pancake breakfast in your pyjamas! What fun is that! Stay looney tuned for more details in our March SPLAT!!

February Mystery Masterpiece
How good are your eyes? Have you been to the Gallery lately? Take a look at the image at the top of the page. Can you figure out what this detail actually is? Do you remember which work of art it is from? If not, you might want to come in and find out.

Kid’s Art Pick Of The Month
Kids of all ages really love the painting by Etienne Adolphe Piot entitled Italian Apple Girl in gallery 3. Not only do the eyes of the girl follow anyone walking by the painting, but the expression on her face is rather mischievous. The painting reminds many kids of the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Remember when the witch disguises herself as a nice old lady and gives Snow White the poisonous apple? Come and check out the Italian Apple Girl for yourself and see what you think.

Quirky Quotes About Art
We love hearing student responses to their visit to the Gallery with our tour guides. A 7-year-old boy was here with his class for one of our interactive school tours called Another Time, Another Place. When he was shown an Egyptian painting and asked what he would do if he could climb into the picture, he immediately blurted out “I would dress up as a mummy and scare lots of people!”

Family Challenge Of The Month
Bring your family and friends to the Gallery soon and find a collection of different sculpted figures at the top of the stairs in the Skylight Lounge. Choose a sculpture that you really like and make a rough sketch of it on a piece of paper. Then, when you’re back at home, call a couple of adventurous friends or family members to help you create your own gallery-inspired figure out of snow. That’s right—this is your chance to create your very own snow sculpture. Won’t your neighbors be impressed! Make it as big or as small as you like. When you are finished, take a photo and e-mail it to youth-programs@wag.ca and we will post it on our website. We can hardly wait to see what you come up with!

Birthday Parties
By the way, did you know we offer awesome birthday parties for kids 4-12?  Happy birthday to Sabrina, age 10,  who pARTied in the Gallery on her special day in January. Thank you for celebrating with us at the WAG!!

See you all at the Gallery this February! Rachel & Aline


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