Virtual Courses and Workshops in Arts, Technology and Cooking

for Children and Youth From Low Income Families

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Program Organizer

Canada International Children's Art Foundation (CICAF)

Program Funded by

Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)

Program Features

In this unprecedented time, virtual education programs at the CICAF are here for you to inspire, imagine and create! Join us for a new live education program via Zoom.
Co-Creation with AGO

See, Think, Wonder with the AGO

Mon - Thur 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Join Art Educators from the Art Gallery of Ontario to explore, imagine and create! In these sessions participants will actively engage with artworks from the collection in a fun, creative and encouraging environment. Each session also includes an artmaking component to encourage personal connections as participants think about the world around them!

One-On-One Coaching

The One-On-One coaching program assists young artists with enriching perspectives relating to an area of interest, including useful information, skill sets, creative and critical thinking opportunities, and practical applications. Coaching sessions are being delivered over Zoom, you will have the opportunities to discuss with industry professionals to further develop your interests and get the support you need to realize your goals.

Online Exhibition and Recital

Conduct a virtual exhibition with the theme of “We Are Together” for children/youths to encourage themselves and inspire others through forms of art/technology/cooking

Program Descriptions

To register for any of these free live education programs, please select your session. You will receive a link that will allow you to access the program.

Chinese Dragon Boat Traditions Education

Sunday @ 2:00 PM, May 2022

Have you ever delved into the history behind the practices of the Dragon Boat Festival? Come take a look at history with us!

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Chinese Calligraphy

Tuesdays @ 5:30 PM, June 2022

Control, patience and levelheadedness are all traits that come with practicing traditional Chinese calligraphy. Join us in exploring this deeply mesmerising ancient art form.

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Fluid Art - Acrylic Pours

Fridays @ 7:00 PM, June 2022

Having plagued the internet for a few years now, the free spirit and endless possibilities of acrylic pours are now in your grasp! Join us in this workshop to watch colours bloom.

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Brushstrokes - Traditional Chinese Ink Painting

Sundays @ 2:00 PM, July 2022

Reach deep inside yourself to achieve the deep, flowing strokes of traditional chinese painting. Join us at this workshop to take a piece of the oldest continuous art forms home with you!

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Wednesdays @ 5:30 PM, July 2022

Whether it is to improve existing skills, make gifts for friends, or add a personal touch to your Christmas tree, we've got you covered! Join us for this workshop and start creating!

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Tea Making

Sundays @ 3:00 PM, August 2022

Experience the Zen of preparing and savouring your own tea - be it loose leaf or bagged! Take a moment to relax and step back from the day-to-day stress!

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Paper Cutting For Beginners

Saturday @ 2:00 PM, August 2022

Begin learning the ancient art of paper cutting from the comfort of your own home by joining us for this virtual workshop!

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Singing Foundations (9-13 yrs old)

Tuesday 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, October 2022

Students will learn about vocal technique and performance in this hands-on singing masterclass.

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Drawing for Beginners

Tuesday & Thursday @ 5:30 PM, September 2022

Start at your own level. If you are a beginner, you will learn to draw simple shapes. No experience necessary.

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Songwriting 101 (8+ yrs old)

Saturday @ 1:30 PM, May 2022

This course will introduce and reinforce fundamental concepts of music theory through live interactive lessons and listening exercises.

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Bilingual (Spanish-English) Creative Writing (6-12 yrs old)

Friday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

You will create your own hilarious DIY story blocks with some basic materials around the house.

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Clay Relief

Tue, Thu, Sun 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

You will become familiar with this natural and nontoxic material by squeezing, flatting, digging and building beside it to build up their own sketch and design.

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Decorative Box (6+ yrs old)

Monday 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In this workshop you will learn how to decorate the boxes and share their stories on functional items.

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Photography for Children

Monday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn photography fundamentals (iso, shutter speed, aperture, composition, rule of thirds, light meter, white balance, )

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Mosaic Technique

Mon, Wed, Fri 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mosaic is a technique that has a rich artistic history from ancient times to the modern era, which has been used to decorate surfaces.

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Watercolor for Beginners

Mon, Wed, Fri 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Learn how to use water based color, learn to observe an object and convey their observation onto the paper.

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Digital Art-Character Design (8-12 yrs old)

Fri 5:00-6:00pm

Ever wonder what goes on behind creating your favourite animation and gaming characters?

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Colored Pencil Technique

Tue, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Learning how to observe a simple object, and at the end demonstrating the ability to create an image using the colored pencil.

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Acrylic Art for Beginners

Wednesday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn how easy it is to work with acrylics! You will start by making a colour wheel, and then learn the best way to create your painting using your own pictures.

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WordCounter: Let's find favourite words? (11-15 yrs old)

Sat 5:00-6:00pm

In this workshop we use developed by Catherine D'Ignazio (MIT) and Rahul Bhargava (Northeastern University) to be "data detectives"

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Storytelling through Maps (11-15 yrs old)

Sat 3:30-4:30 pm

What is your life story? We will make an interactive "biography map" of your unique story

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Intro to Game Design-Scratch

Monday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Learn how to design and develop video games with award-winning games developer Johanna Janiszewski!

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Game Analysis-Lets play and talk! (8-12 yrs old)

Fri 4:30-5:30pm

Play games with award winning game designer Johanna Janiszewski and discover what makes games fun!

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Girls in Tech- Some career ideas for the future of games! (11-15 yrs old)

Thur 4:30-5:30pm

Coding and tech is only for boys? Game Developer Johanna Janiszewski thinks that this is not true.

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Intro to Dance (Ages 6+)

Juy 11, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join choreographer Cassandra Sinnaeve for a 60-minute introductory dance workshop, where we will learn and perform a simple dance routine together.

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Let's move and fit your Body!

Monday 4:00 pm - 5 :00 pm

Dance the hour away! Improve your flexibility and muscle tone all while using various movements and dance with your favorite music.

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Intro to Digital Audio songwriting software: MUSESCORE (8-12 yrs old)

Thur 6:15-7:15pm

In this course, students will learn how to use a DAW (digital audio workstation) software to record and mix audio.

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Meals You Can Make at Home (10+ yrs old)

Sunday 2:00-4:00 pm

Turn your child into a kid chef during one of our live virtual cooking classes

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Create Your Own Original Cookie (6-9 yrs old)

Sunday 11:00 am -1:00 pm

We will learn to make Gingersnap Sandwich Cookie. Live virtual cooking classes for beginners. Experienced and passionate chef instructors will guide your child step by step.

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Virtual Programs FAQs

How does the program work?

Our virtual programs are an opportunity for students to get hands-on creative expression! Students and teachers will join a live zoom meeting where they get to work collaboratively with their peers.

How do I gain access to the free sessions?

Please select the class in the description you would like to join and register. A Zoom webinar link will be emailed to you. Still have questions? Please submit an inquiry to:

What supplies will I need to participate?

We will provide you with art supplies depending on the workshop. We will send you an email to confirm your mailing address.

How much does it cost?

The programs are free of charge

Do I need a Mic or a webcam to participate?

Yes, all sessions will be done in a Zoom meeting

How do I contact CICAF?

To contact our team, please reach out to us directly at

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