Tracing Transformation: A body mapping workshop for kids!

Tracing Transformation
A Body Mapping Workshop for Kids

April 29th 2017 3-5pm
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society 1607 E Hastings St. Vancouver

Vancouver, BC – Tracing Transformation is a body mapping arts workshop where children from 5-9 years of age are encouraged to engage creatively with their bodies and imaginations through visioning exercises and drawing.

Through guided visioning and breathing exercises they will be encouraged to create stories and bodily histories based on memory and their imaginations. As we connect to each body part, we ask questions such as “Do you remember walking through the sand? How does it feel when someone tickles your toes?” as well as experiencing the colours and textures of each part. The participants then use pastels to trace their bodies (however they interpret the term trace) onto the paper, depicting the images and remembered experiences onto body sized pieces of Kraft Paper. In the end the body maps will be displayed on the surrounding walls and parents will be invited to a final showing to view their children’s findings at closing. The creators will use flashlights to highlight the narrative of their creative journey on the map.

The workshop is led by community engaged theatre artists Julia Siedlanowska and Allie Pev, and cultural leader and educator Kat Norris. “Participants will build compassion with themselves and each other through connecting to their emotions in an accessible way,” says Siedlanowska. “Through putting their own thoughts and feelings into images they gain autonomy and control over their own creative expression.”

Tracing Transformations is part one in an ongoing art project, part two of which is Tracing Histories, where participants use the body mapping practices learned in phase one to create a map based on real and imagined family and ancestral history.

For kids aged 5-9 (age range flexible- no youth turned away)
This event is FREE. No RSVP necessary. 
Light snacks provided.