Art Activities Schedule

Artfest Kids

Artfest has fun, creative and educational events planned for – well, you all know the expression – “Kids of All Ages.”
Families, get ready. Drop in anytime to a range of activities during this year’s three-day Artfest June 30, July 1, and 2. Join in our quest to The Future of Art.

Children’s Wind & Solar Forest- Free Drop In 10am-6pm

Children at Artfest will work on a collaborative project led by artists Heather Kushum Sheady, Sabrina Parish and Karen Peperkorn. Kids will illustrate individual 4x4 inch art tiles that express their ideas about the Future of Art. The art tiles will be assembled onto an onsite graphic art installation of 8ft 3-D trees depicting a forest and a healthy future Canada. They will also create props and a river with fish, waterbirds and boats. Drop in anytime to participate.

It is GROWING- 100 ft Word Art Chalk Board Mural- FREE Drop In 10am 6pm

* Sponsored by Art Noise
Arthur II, the renowned Mural Artist from Ottawa, will guide visitors to make their Word Art marks on the 100ft long x 8ft high surface using brightly-coloured chalks. Visitors will choose one word depicting the future of Art in Canada using decorative word art. Drawings will express what visitors imagine for the future of Art in Canada. On day three, Arthur will add his own large scale word imagery taking inspiration from the content created during the first two days. He will then showcase his own creativity based on the chalk board verbiage that the visitors have left for his creative interpretation.

Drumming Workshop & Performance- Free Drop In 4pm-6pm

A diverse group of drumming styles, including South American and First Nations performers, will be presented all three days of the festival. Hosted by Yessica Rivera Belsham and the Kingston Drum Circle, the public is invited to join in and try out a wide variety of drumming techniques. All ages welcome! Located by the 100ft Mural just south of the Splash Pad off B (blue) Row.

Face Painting- By Donation

Get your best face on at the Kingston School of Arts face-painting tent! Get artistic with self-designed butterflies, super heroes, crocodiles, Canadian critters and more. Donations most gratefully accepted. Located beside the Splash Pad on B (Blue) Row.

Adult Art Workshops- Material Fees apply

Naomi Smith: Learn traditional First Nations beading techniques. Daily at 10am and 2pm. Located beside the First Nations Art Pavilion. Material TBA

ArtPix Children's Digital LED Gallery Wall



Other Cool Stuff Going On

  • Seniors Rest Area & Art Exhibit located by the Artfest Information tent on the north side of the Splash Pad.
  • Poets @ Artfest IV- live readings and book sales all weekend located close to the Mural.
  • Bare Foot Players Theatre performing Daily 11:00am and 2:00pm located near the Mural.
  • Blue Canoe and Theatre Kingston performances and help them paint a real Blue Canoe all weekend!
  • Accessibility Service Area
  • First Nations Art Pavilion *New location: close to the Food Area.
  • Adult Art workshops * New: located near the Food Area beside the First Nations Art Pavilion