Art Bytes

Curated by Clare Bolton | Saturday, October 17, 2020 to Saturday, February 27, 2021

NEW: flight² extended to Saturday, February 27, 2021

Enhance your gallery experience with these activities and videos! We invite you to join us for an insider look into the creative process. Art Bytes is an online series that includes conversations with the exhibiting artists, behind-the-scene videos and family friendly art demos. Please check back soon for additional Art Bytes throughout the exhibition.

Easy Kids Craft Butterfly Painting Demo Video

Come paint along with our Gallery Assistant Christina DiPaola as she walks you through creating fun folded butterfly paintings step by step! This super easy craft is perfect for preschool and primary students, but is fun for all ages.

These butterfly symmetry paintings come to life by adding blobs of paint to one side of a paper, folding the other half over, rubbing it with your hands, opening up the page to reveal a funky symmetrical painting, and cutting it out to turn it into a beautiful butterfly!

Materials Needed:
Paint brushes
Paint containers

Name that Butterfly Quiz

Test your knowledge of Canadian Butterflies with this fun 10 question multiple choice online butterfly identification quiz! Learn more about these beautiful local creatures with fun bug facts accompanying all 10 butterflies. Each question features a drawing from the flight2 exhibition, by King City-based artist Grazyna Tonkiel.

Try Our Quiz!

Behind the Scenes: Installation of flight2

For the first time ever, get a behind the scenes look at how we installed the artwork in Aurora Town Hall. You’ve seen the show, now see the process of how it all came together. Answer questions such as, how did they transport the large sculptures? And what does it take to get all the work up on the walls?

Art Bytes | In Conversation with Artist Grazyna Tonkiel

What happens when a former opera singer creates a butterfly conservatory in her backyard? Meet artist Grazyna Tonkiel, the artist behind the 24 exquisite butterfly drawings in the flight² exhibition.  Learn about how her artistic career began and why she wanted to exhibit her butterflies with Gordon Becker’s dancers.  Listen to this butterfly conservator’s passion and knowledge around our colourful winged friends and her plans for the future conservation of Ontario butterflies.

Art Bytes | In Conversation with Artist Gordon Becker

Get an insider look into the technical aspects and the fascinating stories behind the incredible ballet sculptures of Gordon Becker.  Learn how Gordon began his career and why he loves working with wood. Hear what the artist is expressing through his sculptures. Enjoy listening to Gordon’s fascinating thoughts on flight² and what he hopes you, the viewer, will take away from this exhibition.