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Culture Days @ The Library for Crafty Kids and Adults

September 20, 2013 | Claire | Comments (0)

 Toronto Public Library is hosting a number of free events and workshops for Culture Days, and many of them are family-friendly.  Here's a sampling of fun and inspiring events that are particularly suitable for the artists in your family, whether they be children or adults.

Queen-Saulter Library is hosting a sculpting workshop with Jumping Clay.  Jumping Clay is non-toxic, air-drying modelling clay that's easy for young children to use. Queen-Saulter is particularly recommending this creative workshop for children ages 5-7.  There are two sessions on Friday September 27th, one from 9:45 AM  to 10:30 AM, and one from 10:30 AM-11:15 AM. 



Also on Friday September 27th, Nina Shaw is visiting Barbara Frum Branch to teach Glassy Enchantment, an introduction to painting on glass.  This all-ages program invites you to create and take home a piece of art that is colourful and translucent.  This program takes place from 2-4 PM. Nina Shaw will also be teaching glass painting at Albion Branch on Saturday September 28 from 10 AM-12 PM. 


Glass painting is popular all over the world. Here is an example from India.

Here is a 19th century portrait from China painted on glass.

Origami is an ancient craft which requires precision and dexterity and can be developed to a very high artistic level. If you and your kids are into the challenge of this form of paper art, check out the Infinite Dimensions program at Mount Dennis branch.  Origami and paper artist Isabel Mazzotta is leading an all-afternoon drop-in craft program from 1-5 PM on Saturday September 28th.  Also on Saturday, John Jay Guppy is leading an origami workshop from 2-4 PM at McGregor Park for ages seven and up. Mr. Guppy is an experienced origami instructor and member of the Toronto Origami Society and the British Origami Society.


Beginner Origami Projects

Examples of work by Origami master artists.

Examples of work by Origami master artists.

Ever wanted to try your hand at Turkish kilim weaving?  Kilims are flat-woven (no pile) rugs that use distinctive traditional patterns. Today the fabric is popular for making pillows and upholstering furniture as well as the traditional rug.  The Turkish Society of Canada will be at the Maria A. Shchuka Branch on Saturday September 28 from 1-3 PM to teach a workshop on kilim weaving.  All materials will be supplied and participants will get a loom to take home with them.  This program is recommended for teens and adults and participants must register in advance at 416-394-1000.


A beautiful kilim rug.



A footstool upholstered with kilim fabric.


Culture Days @ The Library is also hosting family-friendly drama, storytelling, and music programs, so check out our website and plan your weekend at the library!