Underground Mini Worlds

Video Demonstration by Annika from Arts Unleashed

Create an underground world among the roots of a tree in this mixed-medium recycled build.  Gather materials from around the house to create burrows, ant colonies, bug hideouts - maybe even a hideout for you!  Imaginations feed this open-ended process art activity for artists of all ages.

Materials (a mix of any)

  • Cardboard base plate
  • Thin paper / tissue paper / newspaper
  • Twine / string
  • Small rocks
  • Beans, rice
  • Mixed recycled cardboard – tubes, packaging, assorted pieces
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • White glue

**Add in Paint, playdoh, clay, beads, gems

Everyone is welcomed to submit their creations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and tag @pickeringevents using the hashtag #StayHomeMakeMemories.


How-To Shade

Video Demonstration by Artist, Mina Daya

As part of the 'Sketch Your Spring' sketchbook program, watch as artist Mina Daya, demonstrates how-to shade. 


  • graphite pencils
  • watercolour pencils and/or charcoal
  • Mixed media paper  

Mina was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, her art incorporates imagery of the nature and wildlife that she was surrounded by. Her love of beauty combines with her formal training in a Fine Arts College in Mumbai, India, to create work that is fuelled by passion and steadied by technique. She has been painting for more than 30 years and has instructed various art classes with kids as well as adults.

How-To Draw Landscapes

Video Demonstration by Artist, Sarah Shaw

As part of the 'Sketch Your Spring' sketchbook program, watch as artist Sarah Shaw, demonstrates how-to draw landscapes.


  • HB pencil
  • Mixed media paper  

Sarah Shaw is a local Whitby artist. She has been teaching art classes to children and adults out of her home based art studio for almost 20 years. Sarah works in many mediums and has a couple of art private shows a year.

Natural Fabric Dying

Video Demonstration by Artist, Reid Williamson

This demonstration, is in part with the drive-by art installation "The Colours of the Earth" operating May 22-31, in Whitevale Community Park.


  • dye pot
  • heat Source
  • gloves
  • mordant (Alum)
  • fabric (cotton)
  • dye source (buckthorn berries)
  • water

Reid grew up in Whitevale with a deep connection to this land. Now, she and her partner own an ecological restoration company called Sustainable Roots, which works to restore and revive natural landscapes and enhance local biodiversity. This led to her passion of working with invasive species, in particular European Buckthorn which is used to create many of the colours in this piece. 

The Art of Sourdough

Video Demonstration by Jonathan Walsh, BreadChubby

Coming May 24

Jonathan Walsh discusses the process & art of making sourdough.

A sales and marketing manager turned micro baker.  He has lived in the Durham region for over 20 years and is involved in the community and his church. He has been crafting sourdough using traditional methods and natural ingredients. He supports buying locally within the Durham region and is open to supporting other small local business owners. 


Mask Magic How-To

Video Demonstration by PineRidge Arts Council

PineRidge Art Council encourages young artists to inspire and develop their creative side with a free take-home Mask Magic kit.  This kit is designed for children 4 to 10 years old, and will include a wooden mask and markers. Add your own flare, with found objects at home, such as feathers, beads, buttons, stickers or sparkles.  

Register online for pickup location.  One per child, maximum 3 per family. This activity is brought to you by PineRidge Arts Council and Enbridge Gas Inc.


  • Mask Magic kit
  • beads (optional)
  • feathers (optional)
  • stickers (optional)

Parents are encouraged to take a picture of their child’s finished creation and tag @pineridgearts or #PickeringMaskMagic to be shared on social media virtual parade. 

Intro to 2D Vector Animation

Registered program with Pickering Public Library

Register Now

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Learn how to create vector animations as we animate a seed and make it magically grow into a flower! We will use Synfig Studio, a free animation software to create our animation. Please download Synfig Studio before the event here: https://www.synfig.org/

This event is part of the month long celebration of Artfest “The Roots of Art”.

*NoteZoom is an online software program that requires a computer/smart device with internet access to use and attend the program. If you have not received the link by the day of the program, please check your junk mail folder or contact the Library for support.  This is an online-only event. 


Virtual Paint Night

Registered program with Crock-A-Doodle, Pickering

Register Now

Crock A Doodle Pickering is super excited to be working with Artfest 2021 "The Roots of Art"! Come join us on Thursday May 27, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm for a very special step-by-step instructional virtual project class where we really dial it back down to "the Roots of Art"! We will paint together and teach you how to create your very own creative masterpiece!

Before you start, let's return to our roots and interact with our surrounding environment to gather up as many interesting and funky patterned items as we'd like. Go out for a walk in your neighbourhood and see what cool rocks or leaves you can find! The goal is not to create more waste, but rather to create art with what we can find all around us. 

 The cost is $30 + tax to reserve your spot and your Kit. This price includes: choice of handi plate, cocoa mug, or cereal bowl, 6 paint colours, brushes, and supplies, as well as glazing & kiln firing of your pottery piece to a food-safe & brilliant finish.

Can’t make the virtual class? Not to worry, we will also send you a step-by-step PDF instruction sheet so you can create it at home anytime!

If this project class is not for you, not to worry! We also have plenty of other step-by-step instructional Project Kits in line with Artfest's "Roots of Art" theme. Send us an email to connect with us and get more information!

Kits must be picked up at Crock A Doodle Pickering prior to the event (or delivery arranged) and returned afterwards for final glazing and kiln firing.

*Minimum 15 participants needed for the class to run.

'Sketch Your Spring' Sketchbook Program

This program is to encourage residents to get outside, and sketch what they encounter in the warmer Spring weather.  Sketchbooks are available for free, by picking up through the Central Library's Curbside Service.  Visit the Library's website for hours.  Quantities are limited, while supplies last.

*When picking up your sketchbook.  Go to Central Library Branch at One the Esplanade, remain in your car or wait outside if arriving on foot or by bike, and call 905.831.6265 to notify staff that you are there to pick up a free sketchbook. Staff will bring it out to you.