MOCCA is excited to present an engaging workshop series for children offering exhibition-related arts, crafts, and play-based exploration
Workshops are led by professional artists and skilled arts educators from our local community
Ages 4-12 | Free (Suggested donation of $5) | Drop-in (RSVP not required)
Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the workshop.
For more information, please contact Michael Vickers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 395-7436
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August 9: 9:00am-11:00am
Sparklescape Sunday with Diana Lynn VanderMeulen
Sit in the sun and create your own fantastical, magical worlds with the help of professional artist and Queen of also things sparkly, Diana Lynn VanderMeulen. Using a variety of techniques from cut and paste to psychedelic sparkle glue, participants will look at the various kinds of other worldly landscapes and imagery found around the globe and then create their own! Warning: If you don’t like glitter, this one’s not for you!
July 26: 9:00am-11:00am
Tie Dye High Five with Mary Grisey
Join artist Mary Grisey and the MOCCA team for a Sunday dye day! Participants will learn about different kinds of textures, patterns and colours before creating their own tie dye shirts and psychedelic creations! T-shirts provided for children and adults, but participants can bring along anything they’d like to colour to this fun outdoor activity.
July 12: 9:00am-11:00am
Shaken Not Stirred with Action Potential Lab
What better way to understand Dean Baldwin’s work than doing what the artist does best, mixing cooking and eating into the art-making process. During this week’s Mini MOCCA, we will replace crayons, glue sticks and paint brushes for aprons, mixing bowls and spoons, as we create fun food experiments from start to feast. Toronto’s Science + Art Lab, Action Potential Lab, will be leading the workshop as we explore the science and art of food creation.
June 28: 9:00am-11:00am
Extreme Fort Building with VSVSVS
Join us in the sun for a morning of fun collaboration and group construction (followed by destruction!). Inspired by the active spaces, installations and structures of The Aluminum Jubilee, artist collective VSVSVS will help participants use recycled materials, cardboard, tape, props and more to build giant forts for own special Mini MOCCA get together. Participants will build their own structure before collaborating to create a small city of cardboard! Hint- the artists are dreaming big, so you can expect surprises!
May 24: 9:00am-11:00am
Photo Journey: Photography on the Street
Keeping in theme with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival’s month of photography, MOCCA will lead a photographic scavenger hunt in the museum and surrounding neighbourhood. Participants will be supplied with disposable film cameras and upon completing the workshop, MOCCA will mail out the printed photos. Workshop led by artist Oliver Pauk.
May 10: 9:00am-11:00am
Solar Print Still Lifes
After touring exhibitions Part Picture and Past Picture, and discussing how photographs are made, participants will have the opportunity to create photographic prints using a technique that was first developed in the 19th century. Participants will use cyanotype paper to create still life solar prints using the power of the sun! Workshop led by artist Stephanie Flowers.
April 19: 9:00am-11:00am
Utopian Tower Time
After a special access tour of Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, participants (and parents that secretly love Lego) will look at famous buildings from across the country and then see how Coupland uses building blocks in his artwork. Then it’s time for participants to unleash their creativity and build their own dream constructions! Part architecture, part sculpture, part collaborative installation. Join the group as we create a complex and colourful utopian urban landscape!
April 12: 9:00am-11:00am
Mini Modern Houses: Prints and Inks
Inspired by Coupland’s piece, “345 Modern Houses”, participants will design the layout for their ideal room – whether it’s a kitchen, library, bedroom, or playroom – then turn it into an edition of handmade prints! Using printmaking materials and brightly coloured inks and papers, these floor plan prints will be traded amongst participants then arranged to explore and create possible configurations for a MOCCA Mini modern house. This workshop is led by artist Elizabeth Underhill.
March 22: 9:00am-11:00am
Colour Coupland: Make Your Own Sketchbook
What is a sketchbook for? How is a sketchbook like a diary? Participants will discuss these ideas and make their own unique sketchbook before practicing using everything from crayons to ink to markers and more. Let their imaginations fill its fresh new pages and then take the book home to explore their creativity further! This session is led by crafter and artist Steph Hung.
March 1: 9:00am-11:00am
Canada in Collage!
What does Canada look like to you? Cut, tear, stick and paste together your own portrait of our nation. Using magazines such as Macleans, Canadian Living and more, participants will explore what our country looks like and create their own unique collages of that vision. What is Canada? What are some uniquely Canadian ‘secret handshakes’? Participants will use a myriad of arts and crafts materials to explore what it means to be Canadian and make their own collage landscapes to take home. This workshop is led by artist Jacquelyn van Kampen and the Collage Collective.