Plasticine Art with Barbara Reid (6-10 years)

Meet Barbara Reid, author/illustrator of The Party, The Subway Mouse, Perfect Snow and Picture a Tree. Be inspired by her work and artistic process and then create your own plasticine art page that will become part of the first-ever Children’s Arts Festival digital book.

Parent participation is encouraged, one parent per registered child.*

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Number: 907458
Location: Library Kids’ Place Program Room
Fee: $15

Time: 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Course Number: 907508
Location: Library Kids’ Place Program Room
Fee: $15

*Accompanying parent must purchase general festival admission ($5 on site, cash only)

About the Artist: Barbara Reid

“I was born in 1957 in Toronto, Ontario, and have lived there ever since. I spent summers at my family cottage north of the city. As a child, my favorite things were animals, the outdoors, reading and drawing.
After winning a creative writing contest in grade six, I decided to become a writer when I grew up. But by the end of high school it was clear that although I enjoyed writing, I liked reading a lot more, and drawing best of all. I decided to attend art college.
At the Ontario College of Art and Design my focus was illustration, and it was for a class assignment that I first experimented with plasticine to make a dimensional picture. The project was a surprise success-everybody laughed! When I entered another plasticine picture in a calendar contest I was embarrassed to find out that one of the judges was the famous painter and Group of Seven member A.J. Casson. To my surprise and relief, he laughed! I won the contest. After that, I decided to take having fun more seriously, and include plasticine artwork in my portfolio. I graduated from OCAD in 1980 and began work as a freelance illustrator.
After working for a variety of clients, I was thrilled to illustrate my first picture book in plasticine. The New Baby Calf, by Edith Newlin Chase, was shortlisted for the Canada Council Prize for Illustration. More than twenty books later, other awards include the UNICEF Ezra Jack Keats Award, The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book award, and the Elizabeth Cleaver Award. The Party, which I wrote and illustrated, won the Governor General’s Award for Illustration; Fox Walked Alone was named to the IBBY International Honour List and was a Blue Spruce Award selection. Most recently, I received Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Award for Perfect Snow. My books have been published in Canada, The USA, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Finland, Norway, China, Germany, Brazil, Korea and Thailand.
I live in downtown Toronto with my husband Ian Crysler, and our two daughters. Ian, a professional photographer, photographs all my artwork for reproduction. While I like working with authors, and enjoy writing my own stories, I still love making pictures best of all.”


Beijing Shadow Play Art Troupe (5+ years)

Experience the magic of Shadow Play as stories celebrating China’s rich cultural history are brought to life through puppetry and light manipulation. Presented by the world-renowned Beijing Shadow Play Art Troupe.

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Course Number: 915408
Location: Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall
Fee: $15 per person*

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Course Number: 915458
Location: Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall
Fee: $15 per person*

* Audience members 11 years or younger must be accompanied by a paying adult. Ticket required for admission.


Shadow play art is considered a shining pearl in the long history of China’s treasured arts. Using light and shadow, carving and painting, combined with singing and storytelling, this highly-skilled art form has evolved in recent years to become one of China’s most revered contemporary art forms. The performance uses stage lights beamed through transparent animal skins (cowhide, donkey skin, horse leather, sheepskin, etc.) to create a translucent material that allows the artist to present the expressive silhouettes of characters in the stories. The actor manipulates these characters on sticks to tell the story accompanied by music, as a form of modern opera.