Family Sundays

Family Sunday!

On the first Sunday of every month, the AGP team delivers a FREE drop-in art experience for the entire family. This typically includes a studio project, as well as exhibition tours and activities. However, due to restrictions on public gatherings, we have temporarily moved Family Sunday online! 

Although we’re used to hanging out with you in person, we’re staying home instead to keep each other safe. Even though you can’t join us at the Gallery, we still wanted to connect. We hope that you enjoy this month’s Family Sunday activity.

And, as always, remember to tag us @AGPtbo_ and #AGPtbo

Happy creating!

Sincerely,

the AGP Team

 

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April Family Sunday: Painting with Natural Pigments!

We are joined this month by artist and instructor, Linda Warren, who is leading our virtual “Mixed-Media Explorations!” April Break Camp.
You can get more information about our Virtual April Break Camps and how to register by clicking here!

Have you ever wondered how you could make your own paint? Using materials found in the kitchen we’ll learn how and use it to create a painting.

Suitability: Ages 5+ (with some adult supervision for making the paints)

You Will Need:

  • White paper (watercolour paper works best, but any paper will do)
  • Pencil, crayons, or coloured pencil
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper towel
  • Coffee grounds
  • Ground turmeric (you can substitute turmeric with ground cinnamon or paprika)
  • Hot water
  • Spoon
  • And 4 containers (bowls or recycled glass jars work really well)
    • 2 containers to mix your paint
    • 1 container for clean water to wash your brushes
    • 1 container for clean water to help blend your paint

Instructions:

Making the Paint

  • Add four tablespoons of coffee grounds to a small bowl or jar, then add two tablespoons of hot water and stir well with a spoon.
  • Add two tablespoons of ground turmeric to a small bowl or jar, then add one tablespoon of hot water to the ground turmeric, and stir well with a spoon.

 Painting the Still Life

  • Find a space where you can set up to paint that is easy to clean and gives you lots of space to make your art!
  • Find an object, picture, or set up a still life with objects on the table in front of you so that you can see them easily.
  • Draw your choice of subject on a piece of paper using a pencil, crayons, or coloured pencils.
  • Dip your brush into the coffee and turmeric paint to add colour.
  • Add water to your brush or to the paint to create lighter colours.
  • Set aside to dry and then display in the kitchen.
  • Store any leftover paint in a sealed container in the fridge.

Helpful tips:

  • Be careful when handling the hot water, and make sure to ask an adult to help with making the paints!
  • Remember to wash your hands and your brush after using the paints.
  • You can use more water if the paint is too thick, but always mix well before adding more water as you don’t want it to be too thin.

March Family Sunday: Crunchy Creations!

March 7th is International Cereal Day and we thought it would be fun to celebrate by making some “Crunchy Creations!” These Family Sunday activities have been brought to you by students in the Fleming College Museum Management and Curatorship program.

Suitability: Ages 5+

Activity 1: Sweet Self portraits

With the help of these cereal treats we are going to create an image of ourselves and/or our best friends.

You will need:

  • Your favourite cereal
  • A blank sheet of paper
  • Glue (white glue or a hot glue gun with parental guidance)
  • Markers, pencil crayons, or crayons to colour

Instructions:

Remember: Don’t forget to wash your hands after using the glue… and before snacking, but do not eat the cereal treats once you have added glue to them 😀

  1. Draw an outline of yourself, a family member, or your furry, scaly, and fishy friends on a piece of paper.
  2. Apply the glue to the paper. (Tip: for applying wet glue, you can use a paint brush to avoid a mess)
  3. Lay the cereal down on top of the glue and let it dry.
  4. These portraits can be as imaginative as you would like, or as close to the real thing as you want. Don’t worry if you make a mistake there is lots of cereal to go around!
  5. Take a picture of your creation and post it on social media, and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by tagging us @AGPtbo_ and #AGPtbo, as well as @MMC_Students and #MMCStudents.

Activity 2: “Milky” Way Constellations!

You will need:

  • More of your favourite cereal
  • A printer to print one or more of the constellation pages
  • A type of glue (white glue or a hot glue gun with parental guidance)
  • Markers, pencil crayons, or crayons, or watercolour paints for the nighttime sky

Instructions: 

Remember: Don’t forget to wash your hands after using the glue… and before snacking, but do not eat the cereal treats once you have added glue to them 😀

  1. Choose one of the constellation templates below and print it out on a piece of paper. (Note: if you don’t have a printer, you can redraw the constellations by hand)
  2. Apply the glue to the paper on the circles, or anywhere you would like to more add cereal stars and planets! (Tip: for applying wet glue, you can use a paint brush to avoid a mess)
  3. Place the cereal treats on the glue and let it dry!
  4. You can also add more constellations and cereal to your night sky! You can even make planets with your cereal as well!
  5. Take a picture of your creation and post it on social media, and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by tagging us @AGPtbo_ and #AGPtbo, as well as @MMC_Students and #MMCStudents.

Constellation Templates:

Big and Little Dippers (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor) – File size: 131 KB | Capricorn – File size: 129 KB | Aquarius – File size: 128 KB | Pisces – File size: 128 KB | Aries – File size: 115 KB | Taurus – File size: 128 KB | Gemini – File size: 129 KB | Cancer – File size: 106 KB | Leo – File size: 126 KB | Virgo – File size: 119 KB | Libra- File size: 119 KB | Scorpio – File size: 126 KB | Sagittarius – File size: 149 KB

If you would like to learn more about the program and these up-and-coming museum professionals check them out on social media @MMC_Students

February Family Sunday: Warm and Fuzzies!

February marks a wonderful time of the year where we celebrate Love and Family. So join us for this month’s Family Sunday activity, as we celebrate our friends and family by sharing some Warm and Fuzzies with them! 

 

Image of markers, strips of paper, and a jar decorated with poladotsYou will need: 

  • Pen or pencil (something to write with)
  • Paper
  • A container (we recommend recycling a box or jar, or you can follow the instructions below to make your own paper origami box)

 Instructions: 

  1. Find or make a container (one for each person you choose)*
  2. Decorate the container for your friends or family. You can add their name to it, or add drawings or pictures of their favourite things, or you can even paint it their favourite colour 
  3. Throughout the month of February, write down every warm and fuzzy thought or memory you have about your friends and family. 
  4. These warm and fuzzies can be anything, like a cherished memory or a simple statement like “You have a wonderful smile” or “I really appreciate that funny story you told me yesterday.” 
  5. Remember to collect your warm and fuzzies in the container(s) so they don’t get lost! 
  6. At the end of the month, give your box full of warm and fuzzies to your friend or family member, so they can open it anytime they want and feel appreciated and loved by you. 

*Click here for a great video for beginners on How to make an Origami paper box with a lid, if you’d like to make your own.

January Family Sunday: Memory Boxes!

As we ring in the new year, we look back at our memories and experiences from 2020 and beyond. What has shaped your life over the last year? In a year of unique challenges, what memories, activities, or people have been a source of happiness – a bright spot in your life?

In this activity we are putting together a memory box using objects that remind us of happy memories, of the good things in life, and of our hopes for the new year.

You will need:

  • A box or small container
  • A collection of items
  • Paint, markers, collage materials, etc. to decorate your box (Optional)
  • Pencil/Pen and paper to write a little note about each object your choose (Optional)

Tip: Writing a little bit about each object lets you tell the story of what makes the things you chose so special.

This video was produced by our Education Assistant, Adam. Many of you might recognize Adam through your visits to the AGP. Adam first joined our team as a volunteer in 2013 and we were excited to have him join our team through the Young Canada Works program.

Join us in saying “Thank You!” to Adam for all his work and for sharing his memory box with us all to enjoy!

December Family Sunday: Pop Up Holiday Cards!

This month we’re making our own pop up cards for the Holiday season! Choose from two designs and follow along at home, or use these techniques to create something entirely different!

Part 1: Pop Up Tree Card

You will need:

  • 2 sheets of cardstock
  • A glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Markers

Download the PDF Pop Up Tree Card Template here and follow along!

Part 2: Santa Hat Card

You will need:

  • Cardstock (we used white, red and blue)
  • A glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Markers

Download the PDF Santa Hat Card Template here and follow along!

November Family Sunday: Smile Book!

Make your own personal smile book, and fill it with all the things that make you smile!

You will need:

  • One sheet of paper (we suggest cardstock, printer paper, or construction paper)
  • A glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (optional)

Once you have made your book you can fill it paintings, drawings, photographs, words, collage – whatever! Just remember to fill it with all the things that make you smile 🙂

We’ve included these guides to help you fold and understand the layout of your book!

  1. Folding Guide – PDF (file size: 14 KB)
  2. Page Layout Guide – PDF (file size: 54 KB)

Note:
When printing, remember to click the “Full Size” or “Default” option for scaling the image on your printer menu

 

In case you missed it…

activist love letters project, Syrus Marcus Ware

July Family Sunday: Activist Love Letters

Hosted by artist and activist, Syrus Marcus Ware

There are people organizing all across Turtle Island and Inuit Nunangat working to make this world more liveable for all of us. Fighting anti-Black racism, fighting climate change, rooting for disability justice and fighting for trans lives. It’s such a beautiful and complex life, to be an activist and to be working for the self determination of all people.

People who put themselves on the front lines of the struggle need support and love to keep up their hopes, to inspire them to keep going.

So let’s all show some love and support to activists in our lives! I invite you to write a love letter (or two!) to someone working for change- maybe to someone you know or maybe to someone in your community who inspires you!  Research the active campaigns happening in your neighbourhood or community (and if you can, get involved!). Pick out your favourite markers, stickers and stationary and write/draw an activist a little card or care package of love!

It feels great to be involved in change making and in supporting change makers!

Check out Syrus Marcus Ware’s Activist Love Letters Project for inspiration by clicking here!

Feel free to share with us!

Thank you for joining us! See you again soon!

 

 

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