2018 Festival Skill Builders

All workshops are free and open to anyone ages 13-30

To register, click on the name of the workshop below and fill out the form on the workshop page. Times, locations and artist information is also available on each of the workshop pages. 

**Our skill builders are eligible student activities for Arts and Culture SHSM Programs. More details can be found on each workshop page.**

Sunday April 29

Hip Hop

Learn 2-3 Hip-Hop choreographies from beginner to intermediate, along with tricks and tutting combinations (hand-gesture dance).


Discipline: Creative Writing
Perfect for those beginning to explore the world of modern brush and hand lettering

Full Moon Drum Circle

Discipline: Music
Come drum with us under the Full Moon! No experience necessary and welcoming of all levels of abilities with the Kingston Drum Circle.

Beginner Photography

Discipline: Photography
This 2-hour workshop will take you through the basic settings on your camera, the most important composition rules, and how to properly use them.

Printmaking: Introduction into Linocut

Discipline: Visual Arts
Linocut printmaking is a fun and accessible printing medium for all ages and levels of experience

Vocal Masterclass

Discipline: Music
This two hour masterclass will give you an insight on proper vocal technique from a professional vocal coach. 

Monday April 30

Musical Improv

Discipline: Music/Theatre
A special improv workshop using musical theatre and music!

Deconstructing Writers' Block

Discipline: Creative Writing
Techniques for Developing a Daily Poetry Writing Practice

Creating Your Own Virtual Reality

Discipline: Photography
In this interactive workshop you will get to explore the immersive world of Virtual Reality and 360º Photography.

Tuesday May 1

Dreamplaces: Memoir Writing and Performance

Discipline: Creative Writing
Explore the theme of ‘memories’ through drama and creative writing exercises

Walk the Talk: Effective Expression

Discipline: Poetry/Creative Writing
During Walk the Talk participants will craft powerful opening lines, strengthen their power of speech, explore confidence, while exercising various techniques connected with effective expression.  

An Introduction to the Art of Music Production and DJing

Discipline: Music/DJing
This workshop is designed to cover the foundations of both music production and DJ work. 

Wednesday May 2

Sound Ceremony

Learning strategies to relax through a guided meditation and soundscape.


Discipline: Theatre
A Theatre workshop that uses the skills in Improv to combine ideas, work together and make something beautiful right away!

Thursday May 3

Drum and Dance

Discipline:Movement and Dance
Relax during the free movement opening, followed by fun and dynamic drumming and dancing

Protest Art

Discipline: Visual Arts
A workshop that will explore the history of protest through poster-making and screen-printing! 

Friday May 4

Intro to Character Design for animation and books

Discipline: Creative Writing
Sketching, revising and writing are all part of creating the characters you know and love.

Crash Course: Illustration

Discipline: Visual Arts
Takes you through a series of ways to create original illustrations from “non-googleable” sources.

Saturday May 5

Special Effects Makeup (SFX)

Discipline: Film/Theatre
Learn about how to use makeup to create special effects for film and the stage!

Audition Workshop

Discipline: Theatre
This workshop is a great fit for anyone looking to audition for one of Blue Canoe’s summer shows or other community productions.

Acrylic Photo Transfer

Discipline: Visual Arts
A professional artist will demonstrate the photo transfer process and you will have a chance to create one of your own pieces of artwork.

Yoga and the Art of Creativity

Discipline: Movement
You are invited to explore and discover ways to tap into your creative source and deal with obstacles that may be hindering your creative process.