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April Break: Spring into Art | UNDERWATER

Paterson Ewen, Rocks Moving in the Current of a Stream

Paterson Ewen, Rocks Moving in the Current of a Stream, 1971, steel screws and bolts, rubber, linoleum, plywood, acrylic paint, galvanized steel, Overall: 153.3 x 245.3 cm. Purchase, 1983. © Mary Alison Handford 83/27

Rusalka by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák

Rusalka by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák

Cindy Mochizuki, Amabie, 2020 (still)

Cindy Mochizuki, Amabie, 2020 (still), video, watercolour on paper and digital animation, Courtesy of the Artist


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April Break: Spring into Art | UNDERWATER

Monday, April 12, 2021, 2 pm - 5 pm, EST

On Monday, explore the magic, the mystery and the stories inspired by the expanse of the oceans, lakes and rivers. What will you find?

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

Art Educator Joey Suriano and Art Instructor Amanda Acuri team up to explore and create artworks together with you! Inspired by Paterson Ewen, Rocks Moving in the Current of a Stream, as well as other artworks in the AGO Collection, this session will offer close-looking moments followed by an exploration of materials inspired by shapes and forms.

Materials List:

Your Sketchbook or loose sheets of paper
Thin cardboard like cereal boxes or cracker boxes - 8 ½ x10”
Variety of textured papers (a great way to upcycle old paper projects, old magazines, flyers)
Glue sticks or white glue

Meet our Team

Joey Suriano is an Art Educator working in arts education for over 10 years. He studied at Sheridan College and The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design focusing on illustration, textile and surface design. His work has been exhibited across Canada including The Gladstone, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Amanda Acuri is a photography based artist from Toronto and holds a BFA from Ryerson University and an M.A.A. from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Amanda’s work has been displayed across Canada; it depicts altered and dramatized landscapes of installed light or materials within the greenery. She has enjoyed teaching art classes for the past 10 years encouraging creativity, experiential learning and a focus on developing a keen eye.

Canadian Opera Company

Time: 3:15 pm - 4 pm

Put on your dancing shoes and join dancer Annemarie Cabri for a Brain & Body Boost before learning a ballet scene from the COC’s production of Rusalka by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák.

Annemarie Cabri is a Canadian performer, choreographer, and Teaching Artist, best known for her ability to amplify movement in the non-dance-trained individual. She has received arts awards, been selected as a jury member, and most recently was a Ballet Repetiteur for the Canadian Opera Company’s Rusalka, by acclaimed director Sir David McVicar. Her passion, curiosity for the individual, and attention to detail, is cultivated from many decades immersed in this art form that today, still excites her.

Materials List:

Paper confetti (a handful of small pieces of cut or torn scrap paper) or feathers
A container or basket
Try to set your computer up in a space with enough room to move around and stretch your arms
It is best to dance on a non-carpeted surface (if possible)

Vancouver Art Gallery

Time: 4 pm - 5 pm

Amabie Postcard Project with Cindy Mochizuki. Join artist Cindy Mochizuki to learn more about the auspicious Japanese yōkai Amabie, and create your own unique postcard to send to a friend or family member with a lucky message of care and good health.

Meet our Artist

Cindy Mochizuki creates multi-media installation, performance, animation, drawings and community-engaged projects. Her often collaborative process involves engagement with the experiences of Japanese Canadian communities in British Columbia, as well as with her own family history. Her illustrated children’s book Things on the Shoreline follows the metaphors of the drawing process, showing how with time and patience an empty shoreline can create the possibility for the unexpected ‘things’ to appear.

Materials List:

A pencil 
A few pieces of sketch paper
2 thick pieces of paper to paint on (card or water colour paper)
Painting supplies
Paper clips
A container of water

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