Space Left in MJM&AG Summer Programs; Puppet workshop in August

The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery’s summer programs are in full swing – highlights include puppet-making and fantasy world dioramas with artist Sylvia Ziemann, whose exhibit Keeping House at the End of the World is presented until August 28.

The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery’s summer programs are in full swing – highlights include puppet making and fantasy world dioramas with artist Sylvia Ziemann, whose exhibit Keep your house at the end of the world is visible until August 28.

Ziemann’s first puppet-making workshop was held July 11-15 with MJM&AG summer students Erica McMaster and Andree Stevens. Participants learned how to make puppets using air-dried clay, fabric, paint and other repurposed materials, along with a character and background story for their creation.

Stevens is from Montreal and was brought to Moose Jaw through the Katimavik National Experience program. She is studying psychology and biology at Concordia University. She has worked with children before and enjoyed participating in art workshops this summer.

“It’s a lot slower (in Moose Jaw) than what I’m used to,” Stevens smiled. “I feel like I’m relaxing…so it’s been nice and the people here are absolutely amazing. Especially here at the museum… Christy and all my colleagues made me feel very welcome.

Christy Schweiger, the education coordinator for MJM&AG, said the summer programs were going very well and the first puppet-making workshops were fantastic. “They made puppets related to what the artist does in the gallery. In fact, we’ve extended it to a program we offer for adults in August.

The next workshop with Ziemann will take place on August 13 and 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. and is aimed at teens and adults. It costs $75 to register with materials included.

“What people are going to do is create a creature very similar to the ones in my ‘Carnival at the End of the World’ article,” Ziemann explained in a phone interview. “I’ve done this online workshop before with the Dunlop Art Gallery, and it was a huge hit, people loved it.

“I think as adults we don’t engage in that kind of play anymore… The creativity that comes out of people who have never had an art practice before is just amazing to see. … I think that’s what I love most about these adult workshops – when the adults get into it, they realize, “Oh, I kind of forgot what it was like to play and be totally focused on something creative.”

Other upcoming classes include:

  • 5-6 years old ($80)
    • July 25-29: A Bug’s Life (French), 9:30-11:30 a.m. with Andree Stevens
    • August 15-19: Maritime Art9:30-11:30 a.m. with Erica McMaster

  • 7-9 years old ($80)
    • July 25-29: The life of an insect1-3pm with Erica McMaster
    • August 15-19: Maritime Art1-3pm with Cora Melanson
    • August 22-26: The art of your kitchen9:30-11:30 a.m. with Erica McMaster

  • 10-11 years old ($80)
    • August 8-12: Cartoons and characters9:30-11:30 a.m. with Erica McMaster
    • August 22-26: The art of your kitchen1-3pm with Cora Melanson

  • 12 years and over ($90)
    • August 8-12: Cartoon and character design1-4pm with Charles Buchanan

Students ages 5-18 must wear medical-grade masks for classroom activities. The MJM&AG is understaffed, Schweiger explained, so masks are necessary to keep everyone healthy and avoid canceled programs.

People in financial need can contact MJM&AG for sponsorship information.

Call 306-992-4471; email [email protected]; register in person at 461 Langdon Crescent; or register online at mjmag.ca/summer-art-programs.