Plenty of reading, writing and ‘rithmetic are being learned at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But how about art, music, home economics and phys-ed?
Realizing many students are missing out on physical activity, as well as hands-on learning, while finishing the school year online, Red Deer Public Schools has started an optional course activities website.
It was launched for elementary and middle school kids just before school break and has already received more than 1,500 visits.
“It seems to be quite popular,” said Nicola Golby, associate superintendent of learning services.
She’s glad some children and youths are diving into food preparation, learning to crochet or play an instrument.
The website was designed for kindergarten to Grade 8 students, since high school students have their hands full focusing on core subjects — especially if they need to keep their marks up for post-secondary admission, said Golby.
Younger students with enough time and interest in additional studies or activities can peruse 16 optional courses, as well as one Lego Club activity, on the site.
It can be accessed through the Red Deer Public School District’s main website.
Computer coding, art and science challenges are posted, as well as wellness teachings, recipes and sewing instructions.
Fledgling musicians can learn how to play the guitar or create their own digital music.
There’s also beginners yoga, online physical workouts and activities.
Golby said teachers in specialty areas — including phys-ed, home economics, art and music — have been posting content to the website as a way of keeping their options going during the school shutdowns.
It’s also a way for them to keep connecting with students.
“This is a stressful time for kids,” added Golby. “If we can give them something to engage them, or give them something productive to do,” it could help normalize what’s otherwise a far from usual school year.
Kids can make art to brighten Red Deer seniors’ lodges – Red Deer Advocate
The Red Deer Public Library is calling on young artists to help brighten seniors’ lodges.
The library is calling for “mini-artists” to drop off their paper creations — whether it’s flowers, drawings, letters or cards — into bins outside two participating Red Deer seniors’ lodges this week.
They are Timberstone Mews (42 Timberstone Way) and Harmony Care (200 Inglewood Dr.).
Staff from the lodges will “proudly display the creations,” bringing joy to residents and staff.
They are also planning to make some social media posts featuring art that is on display at the lodges.
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The North Shore’s annual Art in the Garden event is gearing up to go digital this weekend.
The event has been re-imagined as a livestreamed art and music demonstration this Saturday and Sunday evening, while encouraging community members to share pictures of their own green spaces online.
Last month, North Van Arts made the decision to suspend the 21st annual Art in the Garden festival due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of practising physical distancing during an event which melds visual arts with some of the North Shore’s most extraordinary gardens.
The decision was made to offer an online version of Art in the Garden in order to keep the spirt of the long-running festival intact, according to Nancy Cottingham Powell, executive director of North Van Arts.
“Art in the Garden is the longest running North Shore garden tour and we didn’t want to just cancel this event that inspires gardeners, artists and nature lovers,” stated Powell, in a press release.
As part of its new online event, for the month of May the arts and culture organization reached out to visual artists and musicians who had participated in past festivals and asked them to create short videos outlining their work, inspiration and methodology.
The six artist videos were released weekly on North Van Arts’ social media channels and website.
This weekend, local painters Nicola Morgan and Pierre Leichner are set to take over the organization’s Instagram account as they livestream the creation of original artwork over live music performed by North Shore musicians Ava Maria Safai and Paul Silveria.
Viewers can tune in on May 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. each night.
North Van Arts is also encouraging people on the North Shore to comment and share pictures of their gardens and green spaces this weekend, as well as their own nature-inspired art, by using the hashtag #ArtintheGarden.
“These extraordinary times have forced us to look at how we connect with our community. Art in the Garden Online is an opportunity for us to support our members and local artists in a unique way,” stated Powell.
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