The Playground: Family Fuse at the Vancouver Art Gallery



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Usually art galleries aren’t the first place that comes to mind when you think “kid friendly” but on November 24th and 25th the Vacouver Art Gallery gives kids and parents the opportunity to create together in a fun, educational and inspirational environment at the Family Fuse Weekend.

For two days, artists, actors and musicians are on hand at the VAG for fun and informative workshops, tours and activities designed specifically for the whole family.  Family Fuse Weekend is presented three times annually and offers new ways for children and parents to view, discuss and think about art.

Here is a list of all the great things you can expect to find at this weekend’s Family Fuse:

1. Art Button
Let people know how you feel about art! Create an art button using collage and text.

2. Traditional meets Contemporary
Listen to dynamic trio NOVO Ensemble as they play a range of traditional and contemporary classical music. Find out more about the music, composers and new musical techniques through performance and discussion.

3. Make Music Together Workshop
Join NOVO Ensemble in a hands-on workshop that explores using instruments in new ways to create sound. Then create a drawing inspired by the music! Space is limited for this workshop, so please sign up on arrival.

4. Boost Machine
Join Jeff Goldstone of Monster Theatre in a playful interactive game which explores our life online. Boost Machine lets participants have fun with sharing information. Jeff says come prepared to write, run, shout and meet strangers!

5. Look both Ways – Shadow Show!
Mind of a Snail artists Jessica Gabriel and Chloe? Ziner create a theatrical animation that brings together painting, shadow puppetry and music. This is a playful exploration on the walls of the Gallery, inspired by Ian Wallace’s Crosswalk series.

6. Leopard, Peanut, Sharks
Artist Ron Tran has created costumes for children based on those used in performances in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Explore the groovy decades by trying on a new set of clothes!

7. Sketch Station
Find art educator Kate Dawson in the gallery and join her in sketching and drawing inspired by the artist Ian Wallace.

8. Art Agents Explore the exhibition Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965 – 1980 with our fun and engaging Art Agents. See how artists create art from ideas using a wide range of media.

9. Dusty Flowerpot Laboratories: Artist Testing Dusty Flowerpot Laboratories presents an interactive theatrical performance that invites kids and parents to become part of a grand art experiment! Join Dr. Shulenhauser and Dr. Scratchensniffen in their zany experiments to create performance art, sculpture and sound.

11. The Making Place
Get your hands ‘arty’ at The Making Place by making abstract drawings and paintings, or a comic book collage.

12. Family Film Lounge
Programmed by Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth Take a break and relax in our film lounge. Families can eat lunch or a snack while watching a selection of great animated and live action films.


Gallery Members and children age–12–and–under are free when accompanied by an adult.
Regular Admission Rates apply: $17.50 Adults, $12.50 Senior (65+), $12.50 Student (with valid ID).