Children’s art enlivens studio facade

  • Aug. 26, 2015 5:00 a.m.

By Evelyn von AlmassyHaida Gwaii ObserverSun Studio in Queen Charlotte recently offered three weeks of children’s programming for kids aged six to 10-years old, and out of that program 20 children have created three different art murals, one from each week. On Aug. 8 those works of art were mounted on one of the outside walls of the building before an enthusiastic crowd of proud parents, yogis and other spectators.Some of the murals had natural materials imbedded into them, and all were finished with a protective varnish. Each year will see more murals added to the outside of the studio. They will be on permanent display, or perhaps rotated to other venues. This is the first time that the owner of Sun Studio, Kiki van der Heiden, has presented such programs, but says the children loved it; some wished for more art, and less outdoor activities, while others wanted more outdoor activities and less art. The third week of the program was the best attended. Ms. van der Heiden’s two sons were signed up for two weeks, but had so much fun, that they participated in all three weeks.Each week the program was titled with a theme that focused on one element of nature: Hello Moon, Hello Stars; Hello Earth; and Hello Ocean. All the programs included outdoor expeditions, yoga, meditation, art, and lots of fun. Teachers Brian Hardie, Marielle McCrum, Suzanah Lazzaro, and Devjeet Singh also brought different activities and talents to the programs. “The highlight was watching the kids have so much fun,” said Ms. van der Heiden, “seeing what they created everyday.” The program was so successful, and so rewarding for Ms. van der Heiden to watch the murals evolve, she hopes to make mural creation an annual event for area children.

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