Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
FREE drop-in program for kids ages 3 to 12 and their guardians
Engage in fun art-making activities led by members of our AGN Youth Council!
Creative Community Connections (C3) is an interactive space located within the Art Gallery of Northumberland (AGN) in downtown Cobourg. The space is open 6 days a week for families to drop-in and promotes creativity through play-based learning and is appealing to a variety of age groups. Through access to books and contemporary, non-representational toys, children enhance their experience and foster their creativity through play.
At the AGN, we have created art-based programming that uses the Ontario Art curriculum in order to connect with Ontario schools. The program has been developed in two sections in order to best enhance student learning. The first portion of the program is lead in the Main Gallery of the AGN where students will view pieces from the exhibitions and be exposed to a variety of mediums and techniques. Through this part of the program a facilitator will engage learners through open-ended and thought-provoking questions. As an option, this part of the program is adaptable to include an artist, curator or director talk, in which students will be invited to ask questions related to working as an artist or with fine art collections. The program will also utilize Visual Thinking Strategies to further analyze visual works and will allow students to discuss art that is featured in their community and apply their learning through the creation of their own piece.
Interactive Programming in C3
The second part of C3 program focuses on art-based resources to allow students a place to explore art in an interactive way. Through using connector rods to create sculptures, reading about famous artists, and working with a variety of blocks, learners can discover elements of design through play. For instance, learners can use magnification blocks to discover different perspectives or coloured bead blocks to learn about movement and colour. Students are also encouraged to apply their knowledge of design elements and use their creativity to create a piece of art using a variety of materials such as pencils, crayons, or pastels. Children explore through play, where they can foster their creativity and learn more about visual art.
For more information on our education programs, please contact Victoria Towrie – Education and Community Engagement at email@example.com