Arts Umbrella Creative Journeys Workshops

Offered by
Arts Umbrella
Last updated on
Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
Experience type: 
Virtual Field Trip
Program Description


This innovative program explores the theme of voyages through theatre and visual arts. An immersive day of arts activities helps students in grades 1-7 develop critical thinking skills, explore creative expression, and better understand the world they live in. 

During this one-day virtual field trip, students are given the supplies to craft an artistic interpretation or response during a number of thematically linked arts classes. For the 2020-21 school year, Arts Umbrella offers this program as a virtual field trip through Microsoft Teams. In order to participate, classrooms must have: Internet, Microsoft Teams, laptop with a webcam, projector and projector screen, and external speakers. Supplies are provided for by Arts Umbrella and will dropped off to school offices. Please note that we are only able to provide this online experience to elementary schools in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and New Westminster.

To apply for programming, please email Kelsey Lee, Coordinator, Vancouver Commuity Programs at and include "Shaw Creative Journeys Program" in the subject line. Schools in areas demonstrating high economic, social, and cultural vulnerability will be prioritized, as well as on fair rotation. Successful applicants will be notified in 2-5 business days.

Big Ideas
  • Dance, drama, music, and visual arts express meaning in unique ways.
  • Engagement in the arts creates opportunities for inquiry through purposeful play.
  • People connect to others and share ideas through the arts.
  • People create art to express who they are as individuals and community.
  • Creative expression develops our unique identity and voice.
  • Inquiry through the arts creates opportunities for risk taking.
  • Creative experiences involve an interplay between exploration, inquiry, and purposeful choice.
  • Dance, drama, music, and visual arts are each unique languages for creating and communicating.
  • The arts connect our experiences to the experiences of others.
  • The mind and body work together when creating works of art.
  • Artists experiment in a variety of ways to discover new possibilities.
  • Creative expression is a means to explore and share one’s identity within a community.
  • Engaging in creative expression and experiences expands people’s sense of identity and belonging.
  • Experiencing art is a means to develop empathy for others’ perspectives and experiences.
  • Engaging in the arts develops people’s ability to understand and express complex ideas.
  • Experiencing art challenges our point of view and expands our understanding of others.
  • Through art making, one’s sense of identity and community continually evolves.
  • COVID Precautions
    For the 2020-21 school year, Arts Umbrella offers these workshops online over Microsoft Teams. In order to successfully participate in these workshops, teachers must have access to: Microsoft Teams, Internet, a projector, screen or large blank wall, laptop with webcam, and external speakers. The laptop must be positioned in the room so that we can see all the students participating.
    Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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    Full Day minutes unless otherwise stated.
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    Arts Umbrella offers this program at no charge to participating schools, thanks to the generous donation of Shaw Communications. Advance booking is required.

    Additional Notes

    The workshops have not been developed for Kindergarten classes, preschools, daycares, scouts, guides, or home learning programs.

    Teachers must stay in the room with their class for the duration of the workshop. Arts Umbrella teaching artists cannot be left alone with a class and cannot provide remedy or prep recovery to teachers.

    Arts Umbrella teaching artists MAY reduce the time length of a workshop, depending on student engagement level on workshop day.

    Supplies are provided by Arts Umbrella for this program. Arts Umbrella will drop off supplies to school offices for teachers to pick up. A designated pick up time will be communicated to teachers; please ensure supplies are cleaned and returned to school offices prior to pick up time.