Introduction to Theatre Skill Building with Kymme Patrick
Kymme Patrick is an award-winning actor, a playwright, director and teacher. She graduated from the American Academy of Performing Arts in Pasadena, California and has toured with professional theatre companies. While in Toronto, Kymme worked and performed in theatre, film and commercials. She also founded her own casting agency and a children’s theatre company. She created the TheatreWorks Centre For Performing Arts to provide quality theatre programs for youth and she has been instrumental in using theatre as an educational tool with schools and organizations in the Comox Valley. These have become valued for the positive skill development and personal growth that students experience in the original and creative productions mounted each summer. In 2015, Kymme was presented with Theatre BC’s Donna Lamb Award for her outstanding work with youth and contributions to the development of community theatre on Vancouver Island.
This high-energy program is safe team play using games and activities that focus on voice, body and emotions. Created for both the bold and shy student and with the use of story theatre, improvisation and movement, students will use their imagination, practice their developing communication skills, and build their confidence. Instructor Kymme Patrick establishes a fun environment with the use of humour and acceptance. Laughter creates connection and takes the pressure off of the need to be correct. Students learn to have fun with spontaneity and without judgement, opening the door to learning new skills.
Lantern-making with Catherine Dumaine
Catherine Dumaine is a fibre artist living in Port Coquitlam, BC. She has been teaching in art centres and institutions around the Lower Mainland and in local schools since 2007. Catherine’s work has been exhibited in shows locally including at Place des Arts, at the Port Moody Festival of the Arts and at Leigh Square Community Arts Village. She also served as the curator for the Craft Year 2007 exhibit Au Naturel.
Catherine has led numerous community engagement workshops and in 2013, she helped Place des Arts celebrate its 40th Anniversary with her community engagement Social Fabric Project. As an artist in residence at Place des Arts in 2016, 2017 and 2018, she engaged thousands of school students to create lantern installations that were unveiled during their annual winter season event. Catherine continues to advance her skills through the multitude of fibre arts workshops she takes each year.
Join us this holiday season to help create the feeling of joy and laughter at Place des Arts by decorating a tiny “Ryan” house lantern that will be added to Place des Arts playful and seasonal Holiday trees. Then create your own beautiful lantern by using the whimsical technique of salad spinner splatter painting.
Dance and Movement with Axé Capoeira
As one of the most popular and widely reputable martial arts academies in Vancouver, Axé Capoeira has introduced this interdisciplinary art form to thousands of children, youth, and adults since taking root in the city in 1990. Having seen firsthand the effects of learning capoeira on the students, they believe capoeira is an asset in everyday life. Axé continues to travel around the world, participate in competitions and promote the history, music, art, and culture of Brazil in interactive and educational demonstrations.
Capoeira is an interdisciplinary martial art that combines aspects self-defense, dance, acrobatics and music. As an Afro-Brazilian art form, capoeira will teach students an appreciation for multiculturalism through music played on traditional Afro-Brazilian instruments, songs sung in Portuguese and aspects of Brazilian dance. Students will participate in intensive physical activity through training capoeira self-defense movements and supplementary physical conditioning. With its emphasis on active health, the arts, social inclusion, and cultural appreciation we believe that capoeira fills a much-needed niche in the education of today’s students.
Freedom to Paint with Marlene Lowden
Marlene Lowden is a painter, facilitator and yoga teacher. She co-hosts an annual art and yoga retreat in Spain and connects to her community as an instructor in schools and at art festivals. She is a proud member and facilitator with Thrive Art Studios, an international collective of female artists. Marlene is honoured to have her artwork in private and public collections in Canada and internationally.
Splatters! Bold marks! Large canvases! Paintings like the work of Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollack are familiar to us, but in the history of art — abstraction and expressionism are new ideas. With simple materials, students will explore what is behind these works and create their own lively piece. They will learn colour mixing and age-appropriate art history, including an introduction to some radical Canadians! Students will paint on a large canvas that will develop over the week.
Traditional Drum Design with Christine Mackenzie
Christine Mackenzie is a First Nation Artist born in Kelowna, BC and raised in the Coast Salish traditional territories. Christine’s mother is a descendant of Kwakiutl royalty and they are from the Eagle and Killer Whale clan. Christine enjoys working in traditional and contemporary design and with multiple mediums. During workshops she shares her culture, artwork and conventions rooted in her upbringing.
Christine has practiced as a professional artist for 10 years, organizing and participating in four art shows. She was mentored by Anastasia Hendry, who worked as a Haida artist for over 30 years. Mackenzie has also worked with many school districts and youth organizations in Chilliwack, Vancouver and the surrounding area, Boston Bar, the Yukon, Dease Lake, Telegraph Creek and Atlin. She also has illustrated and co-written two books. Christine believes in helping others through self-expressive art, sharing culture and creative design. As an unknown artist once said, “art speaks where words are unable to explain”, which are words she lives by.
Students will have the opportunity to see and feel traditional regalia, learn about first nation culture, artwork and customs. They will design a circular piece, as if for a drum, and learn about different art techniques and traditional northwest coast form line/animals. The students will reflect upon their positive characteristics and relate them to traditional animals. Each student’s unique nature will be shown through their art piece.
Stanton C. Jack is one of the new generation of Canadian classical guitarists. He combines technical excellence with musical sensitivity, expressed through the uniquely rich and varied tonal language of the guitar.
Stanton’s academic studies began at Capilano College where he studied guitar with Stephen Boswell. He then moved on to the UBC School of Music where he was a teaching assistant for the Guitar Division and completed his Masters of Music degree in Guitar Performance in 2006 after studies with Michael Strutt.
As a soloist, Stanton has performed a wide variety of music styles and has enjoyed a successful career as a recording artist. CD releases include Soul of the Guitar, Stanton C. Jack and Friends and Caminos. Stanton is a teacher at Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the VSO School of Music, and is an adjudicator for the UBC School of Music.
Begin learning the guitar in this exciting hands-on introductory workshop. Classical guitarist Stanton Jack will introduce students to the basics including playing technique in a variety of music styles. By the end of the class, students will be strumming chords, picking melodies, and have a solid foundation of the instrument should they wish to continue studying the guitar.