News - GSOTA March Break 2017 - The Fun We Had!

The Gibson Centre was alive with the sound of young budding artists this past March Break, as many children joined us for our Gibson School of the Arts March Break program for 2017! This year, many different art forms were offered including piano, culinary arts, drumming, visual arts, vocal, and theatre.

Our always popular Theatre Program was called ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ and it was an exciting week, filled with eager young minds ready to learn all that they could from our accomplished Theatre Director Chandra Pepper. Students were given the opportunity to learn the art of Stagecraft. The exciting world of Improv was explored! Campers got to learn about theatrical approach to storytelling and how to tell stories of their own in the class Once Upon A Time. Musical theatre is an important part of the world of the stage, and students were able to learn more about it in the Musical Mayhem camp day. Finally, our theatre program ended with On With The Show. Young actors got the chance to strut their stuff on stage and show off their newly acquired skills!

Students had a wonderful time exploring all of our new classes this March Break in our ‘Taste of the Arts’ program. Art Attack was a camp day focused on visual arts and taught by Christina Luck. Piano Play took students through the beginning stages or learning to play the piano as well as exploring music history with instructor Carlina LaLomia. Ready, Set, Cook was a day centred around learning to cook, nutrition and all about the ingredients that go into our favourite dishes. This culinary arts camp day was facilitated by Holistic Nutritionist Sherry O’Connor. Glee was a program that allowed students to explore their vocal range, how to sing using proper technique and how to emote through song. This vocal experience was led by the talented Nanette Seaman. Beat The Drums was a dynamic camp day that offered experience with African drumming. The history of the drums provided was explored, the basics of how to play and the opportunity to learn bucket drumming and to take home a drum of their own was provided for our campers in this class, taught by local drumming expert Janet Hayward.

We had an absolute blast with all of our little artists this March Break! With all of our programs filled, we got the chance to meet so many interesting and passionate young people from our community and it was a joy to watch them all expressing themselves through the arts.

A big thank you is in order to all of our assistants and volunteers, without whom the week would not have been possible. Thank you to Reid Nielson, Gillian Seaman, Catherine Cooper, Nisrin Elahmad, Jenna O’Connor, Blythe O’Connor and Melissa Scheinhuette.

We would also like to acknowledge the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Seed Grant that made this pilot program possible. Thank you to the OTF for believing in our cultural centre and for helping us work toward our mandate and our goals here at The Gibson Centre. It was a dream come true to see our beautiful facility being used to usher in a new generation of arts lovers!

Check out the photos from this exciting, enriching and super fun week at Gibson School of the Arts!

March Break Feedback and Quotes
“My camper loved all the fun activities, new friends and Chandra!”
“Victoria loved the piano!”
“Margaret loved the culinary class!”
“She loved singing in Glee and wants to join a choir now!”
“She LOVED the cooking class, everything about it was a hit!”
“My camper most enjoyed making the drums!”
“My camper loved performing in front of everyone.”
“Making the avocado pudding was the best!”
“My daughter loved the water colour lesson in the Art Attack class!”
“Sam loved the drumming camp!”
“My camper’s favourite part of the week was…everything!”


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