Activities

Get creative with these activities listed below. Each activity is linked to a performance! Feel free to share your creations and performances on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with @pickeringevents, using the hashtags #artofsound #stayhomemakememories.

Build to the Sound with Aaron J. Brown 

This year’s artfest theme is the Art of Sound. Enjoy the performance by Aaron John Brown, and try something new. Close your eyes, and as you listen to the music, imagine colours, shapes, and structures. Then build it! 

Aaron John is a singer-songwriter from Pickering, Ontario. He recently returned to Canada after 4 years of traveling the world and teaching English in South Korea. Aaron loves to play a mix of mellow and fun pop songs while playing guitar or piano. The recent addition of a looper pedal in Aaron's show brings a brand new depth to his performance, providing percussion and backup vocals in some songs.

You can use anything you like – cushions, boxes, toys, people …whatever you can envision. You can even take a video of you building with the music in the background. Then share your creation with the world! Post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag us @pickeringevents, including the hashtags #stayhomemakememories #pickeringproud. 

Here’s a great example of Sculpting you can do at home with every day items, get inspired then … Build to the Sound!


 

Move with the Music with Farrucas Duo

Because we are exploring the art of sound this year, we want you to use your body and explore the ways you can move to create images and shapes, even stories during this next performance.

Farrucas Duo is a husband-and-wife duo that experiments with the diversity of Latin sounds and instruments through their music. Farrucas Duo’s artistic taste is a “fusion” between two musical traditions; Mediterranean and Ecuadorian, blending together other several genres including Arab, Cumbia, Rumba Flamenco, Salsa, and Rock influences. With such stunning performances, a variety of instruments, homage to diverse cultures and nationalities, heart-warming albums, and legions of fans, Farrucas Duo is a musical journey you need to experience!

As you listen to the music, close your eyes, hear what the music is saying to you, hear its story. Is it telling you to move quickly, to use smooth or quick sharp movements? Express the sound with your body.

Music and dance tell a story, check out the below links to see how music inspires movement – then try some new moves yourself.


Draw What You Hear with Music4Life Ensemble

As we explore the art of sound, you will realize different types of music inspire feelings. Happiness, joy, sadness, calm, anger and even fear. For this next activity, draw or paint what you hear in this Music4Life Ensemble video:

 

Music4Life is a non-profit, community string orchestra based in Ajax, Ontario. As an organization focused on musical mentorship, their objective is to provide a friendly and welcoming environment for string musicians, of all ages and skill levels, to learn and play together. Our orchestra provides a unique experience for amateur players such that they are coached by and play / perform along-side skilled music teachers and professionals who are also part of the practicing and performing group. This arrangement provides an excellent learning environment for new players and is a true complement to traditional private lessons. Our advanced and professional players perform together in quartet/quintet arrangements and are frequently booked for community, city and private events.

We have provided a few videos you can use to inspire your art, also a quick worksheet on drawing lines to express feelings.

Lines take many forms and may convey emotional qualities. A line is the result of a dot or point moving in space or over a surface. Line has only one dimension and its most important property is direction.

A line is one of the most important tools that an artist has to use and one of the most important elements to study when looking at a piece of art. Lines organize an artwork the way the backbone organizes the body. The direction of the lines pulls our eyes up a tree or jiggles along a picket fence. Arts use line to move the eye through and along the work. In almost every picture there is a dominant line that hold interest and stabilizes the composition. Repetition of line can give a work unity. Variation in line can make it interesting.

Lines have character and personality and can communicate emotion:

  • Horizontal lines are calm, quiet, restful
  • Vertical lines are bold, strong, stable
  • Thin lines can be delicate, timid, weak
  • Diagonal lines show action, falling, leaning, or growing
  • Pointed or jagged lines can express uncertainty, fear or anger