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April Break: Spring into Art | INTERGALACTIC

Kenojuak Ashevak, Complex of Birds

Kenojuak Ashevak, Complex of Birds, 1960 stonecut, Overall: 61.1 x 66.1 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2002. © Dorset Fine Arts 2002/9461

Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel (COC, 2020), photo: Michael Cooper

Sandeep Johal, Dancing Monkey

Sandeep Johal, Dancing Monkey, 2020, collage on paper, Courtesy of the Artist


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April Break: Spring into Art | INTERGALACTIC

Friday, April 16, 2021, 2 - 5 pm, EST

Ignite your curiosity with the in-between spaces, exploring ideas of discovery and transformation. What will you explore?

You and your family are invited to spring into art this April Break! Join in the fun with five days of free, live virtual programming courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Opera Company and Vancouver Art Gallery. Mix artmaking with fun performances and revealing behind-the-scenes tours. Families with kids of all ages are invited to log-on daily from 2 to 5 pm, Toronto time, April 12 through 16, for this cross-country arts break. No registration is needed and sessions will be livestreamed here on

Our day programs will include programming from
2 pm - 3:15 pm - Art Gallery of Ontario
3:15 pm - 4 pm - Canadian Opera Company
4 pm - 5 pm - Vancouver Art Gallery

Watch the livestream here


Art Gallery of Ontario

Time: 2 pm - 3:15 pm

Join us for exciting hands-on and creative ways to think about everything around us − even beyond what we can see! Explore how artists have interpreted the world around them to create amazing art! We'll start with a look at the incredible modern Inuit art created by Kenojuak Ashevak! You're sure to have fun playing with different perspectives and creating your own masterpiece!

Materials List:

Your Sketchbook or loose sheets of sketching paper
8 ½ x 11 or larger Dark/Black paper
Coloured construction paper - scraps or
3” x 3” pieces
Chalk or oil pastels Scissors
Pencil or coloured pencils

Meet our Team

Laboni Islam is a poet and art educator with the Art Gallery of Ontario. She loves birds and looking out at the night sky.

Olia Mishchenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to Canada in 1997. She studied architecture and art history at the University of Toronto prior to becoming a practicing artist. Mishchenko’s artistic practice is predominantly drawings-based and concerned with built environments. She is also an active member of the Terrarea collective that is engaged in site-specific installations. Mishchenko lives and works in Toronto, where she teaches in the Environmental Design Programme at OCADU, and at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Canadian Opera Company

Time: 3:15 pm - 4 pm

Explore a masterpiece in classical music with composer Saman Shahi, taking you on a journey through the vastness of our solar system with an original galactic composition at the end!

Saman Shahi is an active and sought-after composer, pianist and conductor based in Toronto. He is a Member of the Canadian League of Composers, the Canadian Music Centre and SOCAN. He is a co-founder and the Executive Director at ICOT, Music Director at the Peterborough Concert band, and a teaching artist with the Canadian Opera Company. Saman's award winning debut composition album "Breathing in the Shadows" has been released by Leaf Music in 2020.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Time: 4 pm - 5 pm

Transformation and Imagination: Animal Collages with Sandeep Johal Artist Sandeep Johal uses shapes and lines inspired by her South Asian heritage to tell stories. Tell your story by transforming shapes, patterns and coloured paper into your own imagined animal collage!

Sandeep Johal is a contemporary Canadian artist whose colourful forms and intricate line work is aesthetically and conceptually inspired by her South Asian heritage. In 2019, Johal’s work was featured at Vancouver Art Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Moving Still: Performative Photography in India. She has also worked on site-specific projects with Burrard Arts Foundation, Indian Summer Festival and Vancouver Mural Festival. Johal was the 2019 recipient of Darpan Magazine’s Artistic Visionary Award.

Materials List:

Coloured paper
Heavy paper for background
Patterned paper or fabric pieces inspired by your family
Pencil crayons or markers



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