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Inspired by Farenheit 451 : Kids’ Wordless Comics DIY

Last weekend, the kids watched Farenheit 451  as part of our Summer Film Fest. The one thing they were really drawn to this time [they’d seen it before] were the wordless comics or newspapers that Montag reads in bed while his wife is watching t.v. and that others read on the suspended monorails. These are, essentially, the […]

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Pirate Anatomy Posters

Yesterday, the kids listened to the second half of their Treasure Island audiobook while thumbing through and colouring the Dover Human Anatomy Colouring Books I picked up for them at the start of the summer.     As the story was coming to its close, I asked them to use ink pens to draw a Pirate Anatomy poster, […]

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The Imaginary Beasts of Riverdale Farm

August 13, 2012 Last year, we traveled to Riverdale Farm to sketch the farm animals, not knowing if the city and its mayor would pull financial support from the farm or if it would remain open to the public. We called these our Save the Riverdale Farm Sketches. With the farm saved from the chopping […]

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Glam Cans 2012: Kid-Designed Canning Labels DIY

2-5 August, 2012 On Thursday, we canned double batches of our newly jazzed up recipes for Bread & Butter Pickles and  Sweet & Tangy Pickle Relish.  As we were waiting for our veggies to brine in the fridge for a few hours, the kids, remembering the fun labels we created last year, used coloured pencils and oil pastel crayons to […]

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Comic Strip Days

Comic Strip Days

WE CAN’T BELIEVE IT!  OUR SUMMER OF FUNNER 2011 IS NEAR TO A CLOSE!  Of course, we’re going out with a bang…Over the last two days, for instance, Blaise has been holding a cartooning workshop with the kids, teaching them about how comics are designed and produced and helping them create their own comic strips. Yes, research, even for […]

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Protest Posters Inspired By Ghosts of Gone Birds

August 17, 2011 Today we made Rob Ford Protest Posters inspired by the artists of the Ghosts of Gone Birds! _____________________________________________________________ This morning, I received a tweet from @GoneBirds with a link to a brand new poster advocating for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. You can also find this picture on the Ghosts of Gone Birds Facebook […]

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“Save the Riverdale Farm” Sketches

July 27, 2011 Today was supposed to be a day in which we played simple tourists, tooling around the city on a double-decker bus and taking photographs of Toronto landmarks and attractions with our purple and orange kid-safe cameras. But, this just didn’t seem right. We’re not tourists. We’re Toronto residents. And, our city is […]

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Sketching (Again!) at the ROM

July 20, 2011 I hadn’t meant to spend two weeks in a row with the kids sketching at a museum in the city. We were supposed to photograph landmarks this week! During our trip to the AGO, however, the kids caught the sketching bug. In order to get him to take a lunch break from […]

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Sketch Day at the AGO

July 13, 2011 Today was our first “culture” day.  I’m not sure why I came up with such a stupid name for the days of the week in which we go do something creative downtown, but there you have it.  We transferred at Broadview and took the Dundas streetcar all the way west to the Art […]

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