Let’s face it, most of us enroll our kids in art classes or camps―music, ballet, painting―and some of us even have our own evening of book clubbing, crafting or knitting. But how often do we experience art as a family? And no, a viewing of Frozen or The Lego Movie doesn’t count (sorry!).
We all know that the arts spark discussion and creativity in kids, but they can also get all of us off our tablets and iPhones and into a world of beauty and ideas. Engaging in the arts as a family gives us new ways to connect and share with each other.
Place des Arts in Coquitlam is actively supporting families to connect through the arts at their FREE Family Day at PdA events where they invite families into their Maillardville arts centre to learn and engage in art-making in a fun, interactive and informal environment.
At the first Family Day of the New Year, families can tour the current exhibitions: Frederik Popowich’s Collision, Bob Leier’s Wood Spirits and Divine Lights: Collective Unconscious by the artist group Hfour, and then participate in a variety of all-ages, drop-in style art activities related to the exhibitions. You’ll also have a chance to participate in Notes in Painting, which involves painting along to live music!
- Inspired by Bob Leier’s symmetrical photography, make your own Rorschach blots using ink and paper;
- Design a faux stained-glass window using coloured transparencies, inspired by those exhibited in Hfour’s show;
- Let the music move you as your paint your own masterpiece inNotes in Painting;
- Use bottle caps and paint to make your own mini snowmen.
I’m sure many of us also have New Year’s resolutions that involve less screen-time and more family outings, and Family Day at PdA certainly fits the bill.
Family Day at Place des Arts takes place on Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Admission is free, but registration is requested.
Place des Arts is a Crisp Media Community Builder
A non-profit arts centre and music school with over 40 years of experience offering quality arts education programs, Place des Arts inspires the artist in everyone. The centre offers classes and private lessons in the visual, literary and performing arts for all ages from babes to boomers, and for all skill levels from beginner to pre-professional.
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).