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Kids LOVE Artfest Toronto at the Distillery!

Artfest Toronto has planned a  bunch of entertaining, creative and educational events for “Kids of All Ages” at our upcoming May show.  This Victoria Day long weekend, at the Distillery Historic District located in downtown Toronto, kids of all ages will be participating in Artfest Toronto's spectacular event and all that is has to offer! 

We love to emphasize the importance of encouraging children and creativity in the arts.  We strongly believe in keeping art and creativity active in your children's lives and that is why we offer FREE children's art programming at all four of our Artfest Ontario shows. 

Artfest Show Schedules:

Artfest Toronto - Spring & Fall

Artfest Port Credit

Artfest Kingston

**NEW - Portsmouth Art Market (Kingston)

Artfest Toronto invites you and your families to get ready for the time of your lives - during this year’s three-day Artfest show taking place may 19th to 21st!  Artfest Kids Create & Learn with artist Sabrina Parrish as your guide. Kids can drop in ANYTIME to experience new free art activities all weekend long from 11am-6pm.

There’s something for everyone at Artfest!
— Artfest Team

NEW this year, Artfest Port Credit presents a Children's Digital Gallery!  Spread the news and sign up TODAY!  This is a one time chance for your little artist to be seen! Sign up here for only $5.  

Artfest is very excited about the new digital gallery where we will present children’s art to over 50,000 event visitors on a giant LED screen. Come see the sneak preview at Artfest Port Credit, May 25-27 or come to Artfest Kingston on Canada Day weekend June 30-July 2, 2018 for the main event.

Artfest has fun, creative and educational events planned for – well, you all know the expression – “Kids of All Ages.”
— Artfest Ontario
Posted on May 1, 2018 and filed under Artfest Kids.

Artfest Kids FREE programming at Artfest Toronto!

Artfest Kids Create & Learn

Kids love art and Artfest loves kids! Join in creative fun with artist Sabrina Parrish as your guide. Kids can drop in anytime to experience new art activities all weekend long from 11am-6pm.

 Read more about Sabrina  here .

Read more about Sabrina here.

Artfest Toronto will be offering FREE art classes for children at the upcoming Sept. long weekend show so tell your friends and pack up your family!  Come get creative with Artfest Kids!  Thanks for supporting children in the arts!

Bring along your creativity to Artfest and try one of the following classes:

Artfest Kids Create & Learn

Kids love art and Artfest loves kids! Join in creative fun with artist Sabrina Parrish as your guide. Kids can drop in anytime to experience new free art activities all weekend long from 11am-6pm.

Sept 1-4 Toronto

Canadian Leaf Wreaths
Come celebrate the changing seasons by creating your own unique Canadian leaf wreath! We will be using content or papers coloured, painted, and folded to resemble leaves. From there we will attach them on the wreath forms to create a beautiful home decoration!

Pendulum Sand Art
Today we we'll be working together to combined Science with Art! Create a mesmerizing, repeating, design out of sand by swinging our sand pendulum over one of our 3 1/2 ft canvases. The artist challenge will be to re-create the sand pendulum pattern using drawing pens and paper!

Birch Bark tree Paintings
Learn how to paint a forest of beautiful Birch Bark Trees using soft pastels and black acrylic.

Quilling Creatures

Curl, Crimp and Fold! Learn how to manipulate paper to creature beautiful, ornate 3D creatures. Create a colourful habitat.

Please feel free to visit our Artfest Kids Gallery here.  See you at the final show of the season this Sept, long weekend, from the 1st to 4th!  

Posted on August 28, 2017 and filed under Artfest Kids.

Artfest Kingston Activities for 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 July 1, 2 and 3rd. Join in our quest to Imagine Canada: Explore our Future.

Children’s Tree Art Mosaic

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 Imagine Canada. The art tiles will be assembled onto an onsite graphic art installation of 8ft 3-D cardboard trees depicting a forest and a healthy future Canada. They will also create props and a river with fish, waterbirds and boats.

80 ft Word Art Chalk Board Mural

* Sponsored by Art Noise

Arthur II, the renowned Mural Artist from Ottawa, will guide visitors to make their Celebrate Canada 150th Word Art marks on the 80ft long x 8ft high surface using brightly-coloured chalks. Visitors will choose one word depicting the future of Canada using decorative word art. Drawings will express what visitors imagine for the future of 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

A diverse group of drumming styles, including South American and First Nations performers, will be presented all three days of the festival. Hosted by the Kingston Drum Circle, the public is invited to join in and try out a wide variety of drumming techniques. Yessica Rivera Belsham will work with drummers to fashion a NEW drumming rhythm sequence that reflects our festival theme - Imagine Canada: Explore our Future.

Dance

A NEW original choreographed Canadian Footsteps dance piece depicting the diversity of dance cultures across Canada will be created and performed by the Kingston School of Dance in both modern and ballet styles. Visitors will be invited to join in. This dance debut will be performed on Saturday afternoon by the ‘all ages’ dance troupe and participating visitors.

Face Painting

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.

 

 

Posted on June 29, 2017 and filed under Artfest Kids.

Artfest Kids get ready to CREATE!

Free Art Activities Schedule for Artfest Kids Kingston ~ All Ages, Drop in

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 show taking place July 1, 2 and 3rd. Join in our quest to Imagine Canada: Explore our Future.

Children’s Tree Art Mosaic

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 Imagine Canada. 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.

80 ft Word Art Chalk Board Mural

* Sponsored by Art Noise
Arthur II, the renowned Mural Artist from Ottawa, will guide visitors to make their Celebrate Canada 150th Word Art marks on the 80ft long x 8ft high surface using brightly-coloured chalks. Visitors will choose one word depicting the future of Canada using decorative word art. Drawings will express what visitors imagine for the future of 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

A diverse group of drumming styles, including South American and First Nations performers, will be presented all three days of the festival. Hosted by the Kingston Drum Circle, the public is invited to join in and try out a wide variety of drumming techniques. Yessica Rivera Belsham will work with drummers to fashion a NEW drumming rhythm sequence that reflects our festival theme - Imagine Canada: Explore our Future.

Dance

A NEW original choreographed Canadian Footsteps dance piece depicting the diversity of dance cultures across Canada will be created and performed by the Kingston School of Dance in both modern and ballet styles. Visitors will be invited to join in. This dance debut will be performed on Saturday afternoon by the ‘all ages’ dance troupe and participating visitors.

Face Painting

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.

 

Posted on June 6, 2017 and filed under Artfest Kids.

Children's Art Workshops, Art based Activities at Artfest Port Credit

At Artfest, introducing children to the arts is one of our mandates and we have seen that creative kids become our innovative future leaders.

As your family strolls through Memorial Park in Port Credit you will notice many interesting things that the artists have created. Take advantage of opportunities to talk to artists and artisans from far and wide and learn about the methods they use for creating their art. There are amazing things to discover! We hope you’ll come and experience Artfest Kids fun!

May 26-28 ~ Port Credit

Artfest Kids Port Credit Activities:

Friday Mixed Media Tree collage! 4pm-9pm

What's your favourite kind of tree? Use cut or torn paper, beads, string and found objects to create beautiful multi dimensional tree collages.

Saturday Animal Portraits 10am-6pm

Artists will be using water paints over collaged, upcycled, old books and printed newspapers to create highly textured portraits of their favourite Canadian animals.

Sunday Wire Bird Sculptures 10am-5pm

Sunday's art project will highlight the beautiful simplicity that can be found in wire line sculptures. Artists will start by creating a line drawing of a bird and then use simple tools to translate their images to wire sculptures with tree branch bases!

 

Posted on May 24, 2017 and filed under Artfest Kids.

Sabrina Parish leads Artfest Toronto's Children's Programming!

This Victoria Day long weekend at Artfest Toronto, send your children off to a FREE art workshop led by Sabrina Parrish.  

Sabrina Parrish was born and raised in the heart of Collingwood, Ontario. Her general interests lay in art, cooking and nature. She has been teaching young children as well as adult art classes for the past few years, working in schools, classrooms, galleries and studios.

Sabrina believes that working strong technical skills and historical components into lessons is important. Having said that, she also believes that having fun and being able to express yourself through art is equally as important.

Sabrina started with Artfest Kids in May 2014. She's travelled to the distillery in Toronto, Port Credit and Kingston for Artfest to develop and facilitate children's art programming. Sabrina's arts education started twenty years ago when her mom enrolled her for weekend art classes in Collingwood taught by none other than Artfest's show producer, Lory MacDonald. Sabrina was hooked.

Posted on May 15, 2017 and filed under Artfest Kids.

Special Children's Programming at Artfest Toronto!

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Artfest Children's Programming

May 20 - 22 ~ Toronto, Distillery District

Artfest Kids Create & Learn

Kids love art and Artfest loves kids! This year at Artfest Toronto, we are offering a slew of amazing children's art workshops that you won't want to miss out on!   Get ready to join in on the creative fun with artist Sabrina Parrish as your Artfest Artist guide. Kids can drop in anytime to experience new art activities all weekend long from 11am-6pm.

Artfest Kids Toronto Schedule:

Collagraph Canadian Flags!

Show your Canadian pride by waving your handmade flag! Today we will be experimenting with Collagraph Printing techniques to create your own mini red and white Canada flag!

Watercolour Landscape Silhouettes!

Let’s explore Canada’s amazing scenic landscapes coast to coast - Artist’s will learn all about composition, foreground, middle groud, background and horizon lines using a variety of paint resist techniques. Come create a colourful Canadian landscape painting!

Make your own Pom Pom Creatures!

Learn how to create your own colourful, fluffy pom-poms! We will be adding on google eyes, feet, wings, antenna and tails to give our pom-poms their own unique personality!

Artfest Kids will bring out the creative nature in every child.  At Artfest, introducing children to the arts is one of our mandates and we have seen that creative kids become our innovative future leaders. As your family strolls through the Distillery District, you will notice many interesting things that the artists have created. Take advantage of opportunities to talk to artists and artisans from far and wide and learn about the methods they use for creating their art. There are amazing things to discover! We hope you’ll come and experience Artfest Kids fun!

View some of our Artfest children's creations here.

Posted on May 15, 2017 and filed under Artfest Kids.

Baby Gifts in Organic & Naturally Dyed Cotton

After a career in the fashion industry as a designer, manufacturer and teacher, Catherine Soucy ended up in the e-commerce industry. Nonetheless, her passion for sewing continues as a proud designer of  handmade and dyed, organic cotton baby clothing and gifts.

This year at the upcoming Artfest Kingston show for Canada Day long weekend, Catherine will be featuring her brand new line of organic cotton, handmade clothing, for babies. Should you happen to miss the Artfest Kingston show, Catherine will be also be exhibiting her fashion line in September at the ArtfestToronto show at the Distillery Historic District

Catherine Soucy's passion for sewing goes back to when she was just a small child.  She has always loved making clothing for kids.  At age four, Catherine began sewing and she hasn't stopped since.  Her one-of-a-kind Catherine Soucy clothing line is created with care and love from organic cotton that has been hand dipped in natural dyes.  

Catherine is thrilled to present you with her Eco-friendly collection of clothing and gifts for babies at two of Artfest Ontario's events, Kingston & Toronto. Visit her website to order online or to see her remarkable collection: https://www.catherinesoucy.ca/.

Artfest Line up - Quickly Approaching!

Celebrate Canada with Artfest Ontario! 

This year, we are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday and Artfest Ontario is excited to announce our summer line up of fine art and craft shows featuring Canada's top artists and craft designers!

Come join in on the excitement and kick start the spring season at our upcoming Artfest Toronto Show at the Historic Distillery District.  The show starts Saturday morning at 11 a.m. and runs daily from 11-6 right until holiday Monday at 6 p.m.  Canadian's across the country are celebrating Victoria Day in honour of Queen Victoria and her birthday, which falls on May 24, 1819.  Hence why Victoria Day weekend is also known as May 'two-four'.  

Artfest Toronto is showcasing some of Canada's finest art and craft work by exhibiting over 75 artists/artisans for over 10 years now. Check out our list of outstanding exhibitors here. Set along the cobblestone lanes of the District in downtown Toronto, Artfest will be exhibiting in the perfect setting in celebration of Victoria Day. The Distillery features an exquisite selection of fine restaurants and cafes and is home to a blend of Victorian Industrial architecture and 21st century buildings.  

From cozy comfort food to the decadence of French Fusion cuisine, the Distillery District’s restaurants are the perfect place to celebrate - whether it’s a milestone or just a beautiful day.
— The Distillery District

Artfest Toronto is a FREE event and hosts children's workshops, live music and a collection of gourmet foods to die for.  Check out our rockin' Artfest performers here and our Children's Art Programming here. Get ready, Artfest has a line up of four spectacular art and craft shows this spring, summer and fall!  Escape this Victoria Day long weekend and come see us at Artfest Toronto, May 20th to 22nd.  

Artfest Ontario 2017 Show Dates:

  1. Artfest Toronto at the Historic Distillery District - May 20 - 22
  2. Artfest Port Credit, Memorial Park - May 26 - 28
  3. Artfest Kingston, (where) - July 1-3
  4. Artfest Toronto at the Historic Distillery District - Sept. 1 - 4

Scroll through some of our exhibitors art and craft photos and have a sneak peak at what will be offered at this year's 2017 Artfest Toronto event at the Distillery District!   

 

Children's Workshop Director Sabrina Parrish joins us at Artfest Toronto!

Read more about Sabrina here. Free Artfest Kids programming is happening all weekend this Labour Day long weekend at the Distillery Historic District.  

Artfest’s mandate is to celebrate artists and crafters of ALL ages. Artfest show producer Lory MacDonald also organizes the largest children’s art exhibition in Canada, the Magic of Children in the Arts, in Collingwood Ontario.  Over 1000 kids exhibited their artwork in the 2016, 22nd annual show. She clearly has a passion for encouraging youth and their creativity. Sabrina Parrish, Artfest’s children’s art programming director was one of the first child artists in that event. She now designs and teaches art lessons for all ages.  We are proud of Sabrina's progress as an artist and she is a big part of our children's FREE arts and crafts programming.

Artfest is the place to be this weekend with FREE kids programming for all.  Check out what's going on - here.

Posted on September 2, 2016 and filed under Children, Artfest Kids, Other.

Artfest Kids Create & Learn at Artfest Port Credit!

Kids love art and Artfest loves kids! Join in creative fun with artist Sabrina Parrish as your Artfest Artist and guide. Kids can drop in anytime to experience fun and exciting art activities all weekend long, from May 27 - 29 at Port Credits Memorial Park along the river.

 Watch out for the wild animals at Artfest!!  

Watch out for the wild animals at Artfest!!  

You won't want to miss the one and only Artfest Friday Night Polka Dot Paint Party ~ May 27th!!

We will be creating abstract works of art using watercolour colour paints and spectacular colour bleeding techniques! The more colours, the better!

Artfest Kids Line up:

 

Saturday Mosaic Masterpiece ~ Rip, cut, tear!  

On Saturday, May 28th,  join us in creating a vibrant mosaic landscape using simple collage skills and tonnes of colourful paper!

Be inspired by Canada’s beautiful waterfronts, perfect prairies and picturesque Rocky Mountains!

 

Sunday Still Life ~ Capture Still Life:

Using coloured artist pencils and soft pastels, we will build and capture still life from fruits to flowers. Come join in the fun!

At Artfest, introducing children to the arts is one of our mandates and we have seen that creative kids become our innovative future leaders.
— Artfest Team

As your family strolls through Memorial Park you will will set your eyes on collections of unique and one of a kind arts and crafts, locally made - that the artists have created with love. Take advantage of opportunities to talk to artists and artisans from far and wide and learn about the methods they use for creating their art.

There are amazing things to discover! We hope you’ll come and experience Artfest Kids fun at Memorial Park in Port Credit this May 27th to 29th! 

Posted on May 3, 2016 and filed under Artfest Kids, Children.

More With Artfest Art Instructor Sabrina Parrish

We introduced Sabrina Parrish on our blog a few days ago with a Q&A interview. Today we are filling in Sabrina's background and her relationship with Artfest.

Sabrina was born and raised in the heart of Collingwood, ON. Her general interests lay in art, cooking and nature. She has been teaching young children as well as adult art classes for the past few years, working in schools, classrooms, galleries and studios.

Sabrina believes that working strong technical skills and historical components into lessons is important. Having said that, she also believes that having fun and being able to express yourself through art is equally as important.

Sabrina started with Artfest Kids in May 2014. She's travelled to the distillery in Toronto, Port Credit and Kingston for Artfest to develop and facilitate children's art programming. Sabrina's arts education started twenty years ago when her mom enrolled her for weekend art classes in Collingwood taught by none other than Artfest's show producer, Lory MacDonald. Sabrina was hooked.

Sabrina continued with classes throughout elementary school. During high school, she was involved with Lory again - only this time the art classes were much more self directed and primarily focused on painting. Lory gathered a group of seven young women and they called themselves the Mona Lisa's. It was a very supportive arts group where they were all encouraged to find our own style; they held informal art critiques and exhibited their art together.

From there Sabrina moved to Oakville to attend Sheridan College where she studied Craft and Design - Textiles. Currently she is back in school working on her teachers degree, teaching at the McClaren Art Gallery in Barrie,  at Artfest and more.

I am a practicing artist and this fall I will be studying for my Bachelors of Education.
— Sabrina - Artfest Art Instructor
Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Artfest Kids.

Q&A with Artfest Kids Instructor Sabrina Parrish

Sabrina Parrish organizes and leads Artfest's very popular children's art workshops. An important part of Artfest's mission is to fire the minds and imagination of children by giving them the tools and space to create. We asked Sabrina about her involvement with Artfest.

Why you think art education is important for children?

I think arts education is important for children for so many reasons: It can provide an independent creative outlet as well as become a creative social outlet. Art education encourages children to think and problem solve creatively and fosters artistic confidence. 

I think if children don’t find this encouragement and confidence when they are young, by the time they reach about grade four you have a class of kids that believe “I can’t draw” and  “I’m not good at art”, which can be harder for them to overcome. One of my favourite things is seeing when they are so proud of what they’ve created that they can’t wait to tell you or their parents, siblings, etc, all about it. 

How do you plan your children’s art curriculum?

When planning the programming I often start by deciding which art supplies or materials we should use each day. From there I start to brainstorm projects that would fit well into the day’s theme, some themes are based around dates and holidays and others are a little more silly. Examples of past them have been - beginning of summer, monsters, fresh produce, Canada day, when I grow up…, books, locale architecture, etc. After I have settled on a project I create examples and anticipate how I could alter it so that children of all ages and abilities can participate.  

What you like best about the Artfest Kids workshops?

I love the casual nature of the Artfest Kids workshops. They are drop in workshops that are open to children of all ages, so you can come anytime and stay for as long as you’d like. If you’re around for the weekend or live in the area we do different projects everyday using new materials.

Visit our Artfest Kids page for programming and schedule information during Artfest Toronto in the Distillery District this Labour Day long weeked.

Posted on September 2, 2015 and filed under Children, Artfest Kids.