The Create with KOAC programming includes virtual workshops and tours and represents the KO Arts Centre’s pivot towards a digital future. We connect our significantly increased online community with the creative process of contemporary artists. It is also a way of nurturing our community’s resilience and mental well-being.
Our current workshops consist of a physical kit, which participants order online, and video conferencing sessions to interact with artist facilitators. Everyone is invited to submit their finished artworks to a KOAC online gallery.
Thanks to the support from the Rozsa Foundation, Calgary Arts Development and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts enjoy our programs this Holiday Season for free.
To register, choose the desired Virtual Workshop below.
Tiny Art and Wild Weave Workshops
The actual subject matter was new and exciting, teachers were exceptional.
Tiny Art Workskop
The paper sculptures were easy to work with from the desktop where my computer sits and there was no setting up or cleaning up! The workshop gave me 90 minutes of play time and exploration! In the end, I felt uplifted and successful! I enjoyed the complexity that resulted from manipulating the pieces and connecting them together. I have kept the pieces and will continue to photograph them.
I am a visual artist, so it was nice to engage with James about the process. He is not only a terrific artist, but a wonderful teacher. It was also nice to interact with the other participants, seeing their pieces and hearing their comments.
Wild Weave Workshop
I loved learning a new skill while meeting the artist and other participants. I loved the intimacy of the experience and listening to the young girl share her stories. Art really has that power to make everyone feel comfortable and I think you and the artist made that environment possible as well.
I really liked the challenge to gather materials in advance. It reinforced the grounding this project has in nature and was a most enjoyable all-ages experience. The project was relatively simple, and easily achieved in the two hours allotted. It was also a great activity for parents/grandparents and children. I especially appreciated that one participant asked Patricia to tell us more about her art, which we could see in the background. It was so lovely to learn more about her art and get to appreciate it. I think this should be a regular feature of the program.
Patricia handled the whole event really well. One participant was late logging on, so some backtracking was required, but Patricia managed it with grace and humour and we all completed the project.