Saturday, June 18, 2011

My Creative Children

It's been too long since my last post but somehow spring is a very busy time for us every year. Not only is it time to clean up and set up outside for flowers and outdoor living, it’s also Easter time, tax time and in our family, birthday time as well…we celebrate about 6 birthdays between our 2 families April to May which is always fun and high in calories too.

This year our very creative children, Eleni and Kosta who have been influenced by the power of storytelling throughout their lives were also very busy hosting some special artistic events.

Eleni has always loved drawing and crafts but has also worked for several years as a summer camp monitor in theatre in between her cegep and university courses. Although her goal is to work with children who have special needs, she is also very passionate about theatre and the benefits it offers for personal development. Two years ago, she got together with 2 other theatre colleagues from summer camp and created D.R.E.A.M. Theatre which offers theatre workshops to children and teenagers during the school year on week-ends. This years’ production, La Vie en Rosalie was about a frustrated teenage girl faced with bullying at school when one day she bumps her head and then finds herself in a strange place with trolls, evil queens, an exiled prince and other strange characters. Her adventures in this strange place lead her to finding her own self-confidence and courage to face intimidation. Among many other things, Eleni hand made costumes and props for this production including the beautiful paper crowns she hand-cut and embellished and she also designed the poster.

Kosta has been a gifted illustrator all his life and now has big plans for a future in animated film. He has just completed the first ever program of  3D Animation and CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) at Dawson College. It has been an exceptional experience for him because of the opportunity he had to learn from teachers who are also industry professionals and to evolve creatively with the other extremely talented students in his class. The final project for this program was to develop an animated short and at the end of the program the students organized a very professional presentation of their films and an exhibition of their portfolios at Dawson College to various guests from film and game studios from Montreal and abroad. All the proud parents and friends were invited to a presentation as well. Kosta’s animated short was about a baby snow monkey (shown below) and his adventures with his big brother. 

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