Our Education team will be at the Oakville Children’s Festival this weekend with a button-making workshop for kids of all ages, walking participants through the steps of turning an art idea into something wearable.
Pin-back buttons have their origins dating back to the 18th century, when buttons with messages and images in support of social and political causes and campaigns started to be mass-produced. Buttons quickly became a way of demonstrating one’s political allegiances in everyday social situations. Today, buttons are as likely to be aesthetic pronouncements as they are political ones. We’re looking forward to pressing pins of all varieties with kids this weekend—whether they want to make their thoughts on the environment known or just rock a glittery unicorn on their backpack. Whatever statement they’d like to make, participants will be provided with all the supplies they need to translate their ideas into wearable form. No registration necessary—just drop by!
For more information on this year’s Children’s Festival, visit oakville.ca.
We recently spent the day tie-dyeing in our summer camps. A summer classic, tie-dye never disappoints—kids are inevitably thrilled with the results and the process is a lot of fun.
Kids’ amusement is as good a reason as any for an art project, but the reason we return to tie-dying again and again has more to do with what the process models, encouraging children to experiment with materials, to make choices—often blindly—and be comfortable not knowing what their finished product might look like. For us, success isn’t necessarily measured by a project’s final form, but through the discovery and delight generated throughout its production.
As Sir Ken Robinson has famously said, “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” It’s an idea we think about often in the Galleries’ education department and one that can be a powerful revelation—having things turn out differently than expected isn’t always so terrible. Such outcomes provide a foundation on which to build confidence and creativity, to develop problem-solving skills, gain access to important forms of self-expression, and to discover new ideas. In fact, some of our greatest artistic achievements—in summer camps and otherwise!—have come from accidents, mistakes or oversights. Little bloopers like these, simple as they may seem, can really add up to create rewarding relationships with our own imaginations.
Bet you’ll never look at tie-dye the same way again!