A Miniature World
Kids take part in Summer arts programs at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery.
Finley Henderson, 10, is adamant that fairies don’t exist.
“No, I think I know some facts of the world,” he said.
That didn’t stop him from creating a fairy garden this week at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery (MJM&AG) in their ‘Miniature World’ program.
Co-ordinator Cora Melanson was keen to run this part of the program. “Everything we created was small — it made for interesting artistic techniques,” she said.
“Did you guys have fun this week?” she asked to roars from the group of nine to 12 year-old kids.
“We’ve used different types of clay and also everyday objects. It’s the creative process that’s important,” said Melanson.
Friday marked the culmination of the five-day program theme. The young artists were carefully working on the finishing touches of their projects.
“We use this fima clay because you can bake it in the oven and we made miniature animals for our gardens. That was my favourite part,” said nine-yearold Harlee Thirsk-Palmer.
For Henderson, mushroom fairy houses were a favourite, but again, he wanted to make clear — fairies are just imaginary. “Today was especially cool because we got to finish and use all the things we’ve been making all week,” he said.
Kiera Chaboyer, 10, couldn’t pick a favourite. “It’s all been so good. And mostly, making new friends has been the best part for me,” she said.
Christy Schweiger, education coordinator for MJM&AG, came up with the themes of the camp. “For the miniatures, I was intrigued by the idea of making what is normally big, small. In different mediums, using everyday things and things from the kids homes,” she said.
Schweiger sees programs like this as an important part of being involved in the community.
“We want to have an impact on all sections, all ages. From kids, to teens to adults to adults with disabilities,” she said.
“We want to include as many people as possible.”
The MJM&AG Summer art and culture camp runs through to September with Canadian heritage-themed art projects.
ABOVE: Follwoing the theme of A Miniature World, a painting is recreated at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery’s 2017 Summer Art & Culture Camp. LEFT: Harlee Thirsk-Palmer, 9, and Keira Chaboyer, 10, from Moose Jaw take a popcorn break.
Harlee Thirsk-Palmer, 9, shows off her miniature ship in a bottle at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery’s 2017 Summer Art & Culture Camp.
BACK LEFT TO RIGHT, Brianna Colenutt, 11, Justin Arandia, 12 Mia Donaldson, 12, and FRONT LEFT TO RIGHT, Ice Perez, 7, Summer Chase, 10, Kiera Chaboyer, 10, Finley Henderson, 10, Elizabeth Colenutt, 9, and Harlee Thirsk-Palmer, 9, show off their fairy gardens at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery’s 2017 Summer Art & Culture Camp.