Art is in the House is a collection of accessible activities for people living under the same roof. All of these activities are created by collaborating artists from NTS.
Be theatre makers with us! Let us see your creations on Instagram by using the hashtag #artisinthehouse.
This initiative is inspired by our friends at the Saskatchewan Commonweal, visit them for more activities and inspiration!
An activity created by Debashis Sinha
Listen together and create an artwork that makes sound visible.
In this activity, you’ll get together with your household to make sound maps - maps of sounds of a place that you know or decide on going to.
Sound maps can take many forms - some of them are real maps that list sounds (they do this a lot online - here’s one of the London Underground, and here’s a huge map of sounds from all over the world and some artistic responses to the sounds recorded). The online maps are pretty fun and interesting to explore (so please do so!) but for this exercise we are going to stay in real life for a while, and make a real picture on real paper.Let's do this!
An activity created by Chelsea Woolley
Think of a house you know well….Maybe it’s Grandma’s, or a best friend’s, or a cousin or two…Maybe you haven’t been there in a while. Do you remember what the house sounds like? Smells like? What things you did inside…?
Memory Book Activity: After visualizing the rooms from a loved one’s home, create a book where each page illustrates a different room and memory from a time you spent there.
Why a Memory Book? During this time of quarantine and social distancing, so many of us miss visiting the homes of those we care about most. This project invites participants to reflect on memories shared between four walls, recreate these memories on the page, and perhaps gift the finished book to the loved one whose home you have written about.Let's do this!
Modern Pet & Toutou Portraits
An activity created by Jimmy Blais
What is a Pet or Toutou Portrait?
Well, simply put, it’s a portrait of your pet or toutou but it is way cooler.
It’s a way to appreciate your favorite friends around the house and immortalize them forever in a beautiful way.
It makes a perfect gift for yourself or for a loved one.Let's do this!
Building a character of La Fontaine's Fables
An activity created by Talia Hallmona
Get ready to explore the characters in the Fables using your body language.
Have fun as a family interpreting fables.Let's do this!
Snow Queen and Jack Frost Felt Finger puppets
An activity created by Murdoch Schon
Have fun sewing and decorating finger puppets of classic winter characters!Let's do this!
The olfactory imagination
An activity created by Liliane Moisan
Smells are intimately linked to our memories and emotions! We associate them with moments in our lives, with people we have known, with activities we have practiced... etc.
Let's go in search of the smells of our home! Comforting or disgusting smells? We take inspiration from this odour to create a short text that we will enjoy sharing with the other participants. Will they have guessed what it is? Will it evoke the same feelings? Don't hesitate to be original and let your nose inspire you!Let's do this!
Developing a character & building a mask
An activity created by Lorena Trigos
In this activity I will be sharing a simple way to build a mask to create your alter ego or whatever is in your imagination.
Choosing colours, textures and creating a character coming from you.Let's do this!
An activity created by Salim Hammad
Let's tell stories together! True stories, invented stories, read stories, absurd stories. Or take a story already written or a poem, such as Red Riding Hood, and make up the silhouettes of characters, objects, places and landscapes to play shadow theater.Let's do this!
Observing light and shadow in your neighbourhood
An activity created by Daniel Bennett
Go for a stroll in your neighbourhood and notice the various characteristics of light!
In this activity, you’ll get together with your household and go for a walk taking pictures and describing the different lighting in your neighbourhood. After sunset is recommended.Let's do this!
Past sound design credits include the Grand Theatre’s Juno’s Reward and Beethoven Lives Upstairs; and Griffin McInnes’ Specimen.
He believes that the theatre is a place where we can collectively dissect the human condition. This can empower and engage communities to talk about delicate issues necessary for meaningful change.
Daniel is a graduate of the Production Design and Technical Arts program at the National Theatre School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Toronto.