|Posted on January 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM||comments (0)|
I have ended my employment with Kaleidoscope. I will no longer be the KAF teacher teaching the 5, 6, and 14-16 Elemental Art program and the 6-8/9-12 Sculpture Program. If you have any concerns, questions or comments, you can email me at: [email protected] and I will try my best to get back to you asap.
|Posted on December 26, 2010 at 5:06 PM||comments (0)|
Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
Be safe with your loved ones and enjoy the holiday!
|Posted on December 20, 2010 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Cash Crunch Hits Arts Charity
An arts education charity faces cutting programmes and laying off staff unless it can raise $300,000 by the end of January.
Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation, which has seen its funding and donations slashed during the economic crisis, yesterday called for the public to ensure it can keep going.
Founder Fiona Rodriguez-Roberts told The Royal Gazette the initiative is vital to helping children develop skills which can also offset the Island's social problems.
She said even though many families are feeling the strain of the downturn, Kaleidoscope deserves support because of the assistance it gives children, particularly those who can't normally access such facilities.
“In our current economic downturn many of our sources of funding have been cut significantly or withdrawn completely,” Mrs Rodriguez-Roberts told this newspaper.
“What we don't want is to cut programmes, turn children away, lay off staff, close our doors.
“When we took over the building we were not in a recession. We were given a loan that enabled us to renovate the building and substantial renovations were needed.
“Paying back the loan along with rent, due to go up in 2011, hikes our overhead up and in these current times is crippling.
“Add on top of that ongoing maintenance on an old building, land tax, all this before we even get to teachers' salaries and art supplies.”
She said the arts are increasingly seen as an essential part of developing children's intellectual capabilities and their sense of community.
“Through art, children are able to make sense of their world and their role in it,” she said.
“By providing a visual arts education we ensure that children are engaged in activities that motivate them, excite them and helps them to make better choices for their lives now and in the future.”
The charity, which has seven staff, was set up four years ago in the old Elliot School, Devonshire, and offers classes to toddlers through to adults.
A Creative Minds programme aimed at children from poor backgrounds saw 130 children get access to art education they wouldn't normally have, according to Mrs Rodriguez-Roberts.
Meanwhile children from Victor Scott, Paget Primary and Gilbert Institute benefit from an Art and Me course; and children as young as 18 months take part in a Hands on Art project. Mrs Rodriguez-Roberts said of Hands on Art: “This programme is especially important to me as I believe reaching a child before crisis is one way to counter our Island's social issues.”
She said $300,000 would ensure all programmes continue until the end of the school year and help pay for teachers, staff, supplies, rent and electricity.
People are encouraged to make a Christmas donation of $25 or more to the Bank of Butterfield account number 20006060807509100. “If everyone reading this article gave something, $25, $50, $100, whatever KAF supporters can afford, the end result would be fantastic and we would get to our goal of $300,000 in no time at all,” she said.
“If everyone reading did give a donation, we would reach our goal before Christmas. What a wonderful Christmas present that would be!”
Call Kaleidoscope on 542-9000 to make a donation.
By Tim Smith Published Dec 20, 2010 at 7:17 am
|Posted on December 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM||comments (0)|
Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation (KAF, registered charity # 765) urgently needs your help today so that we can continue to provide the programming our children deserve.
If everyone who receives this email can give just $25.00 it will make a significant difference to KAF. It will help us to keep our doors open in the New Year and it will make all the difference to our students!
KAF has experienced significant reductions in funding from all of our sources and this new fiscal year is extremely challenging. We are very concerned that we may not be able to meet our goal of delivering the highest quality visual arts education to Bermuda’s children.
If you would like to help you can make a direct deposit to the Bank of Butterfield account, please call us for the information, 542 9000; mail or drop off a cheque made payable to Kaleidoscope Art Foundation; or call us with your credit card number.
You can make a difference!
|Posted on December 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM||comments (0)|
It was such a coincidence that in the middle of writing my Christmas cookie article for Futureale Magazine (Toronto's Arts, Culture and Living Magazine), I was also asked to teach the "Christmas Cookie Camp" at Kaleidoscope! Well here is the article after baking for how many days tasting, testing, burning,decorating, and taking pictures of tons of cookies! I hope you enjoy the article and the recipes on pages 46-47! This is Futureale's double issue (Dec-Jan) celebrating the anniversary of the magazine! Whoo-hoo Futureale!
|Posted on December 17, 2010 at 12:32 PM||comments (0)|
WOW!! LAST NIGHT DEC. 16TH 2010 AT THE BERMUDA NATIONAL GALLERY WAS INCREDIBLE!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ONE OF OUR OWN KAF STUDENT KATE STEELE AND MY YCA STUDENT KALIN WILLIAMS FOR THEIR WIN IN THE BERMUDA NATIONAL GALLERY STUDENT ART COMPETITION!
ANOTHER BIG CONGRATS TO KALIN AND HIS MOTHER MRS. WILLIAMS FOR THEIR AMERICAN AIRLINE TICKET WINS IN THE ART COMPETITION!
KALEIDOSCOPE WAS WELL REPRESENTED THIS YEAR AT THE ART COMPETITION WITH 4 OF ITS PAST AND PRESENT FACULTY MEMBERS ON THE JURY
It was an awesome night and I do hope more KAF students will participate in the competition next year! For the rest of the students who have submitted their works,congratulations to you all also!
|Posted on December 14, 2010 at 10:16 AM||comments (0)|
The Student Art Competition Ceremony and winner's announcement is this THURSDAY DEC.16TH 4-5PM at the Bermuda National Gallery. We have our own KAF students Sammi and Kate Steele who have submitted works into the competition! Wish them luck!! Along with the Competition, the ART & ME students who Mrs. Rego has been working with all term at KAF will also be exhibiting their works at the BNG! So come on out Thursday night!
|Posted on December 7, 2010 at 12:43 PM||comments (0)|
Participating in this year's Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project are KAF Faculty members Mrs. Dany Pen and Mrs. Emily Tolson! Look out for our works touring across the U.S in the upcoming months!
To visit Mrs. Tolson's work, go to:
To visit Mrs. Pen's work, go to:
|Posted on December 7, 2010 at 12:39 PM||comments (0)|
I apologize for cancelling yesterday's Elemental-Art 5yrs class, but there will be a make-up class next week Monday December 13th (which will also be the last class of the Fall term).
|Posted on November 18, 2010 at 10:38 AM||comments (0)|
Dear Parents, sign up for Sculpture Class for Term 2 now before spaces run out!
This class explores the various materials used to create sculptures, which include clay, wood, plaster, metal, stone and organics. Students will learn how to manipulate these materials using different methods and tools. They will also learn and analyze artists and other works of sculpture through different medias where discussion and critique will take place to examine geometric, abstract and organic forms.
|Posted on November 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
Sign up for KAF holiday camps now! I will be teaching "Cookie Camp" on December 20th-21st-If you're interested in signing up your kids for it, do so now before space runs out! We also have a bunch of other fun camps-so check them out!
|Posted on November 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM||comments (0)|
Dear Parents, sign up for Term 2 has begun! In order to continue with the Elemental-Art or Sculpture class, parents should sign up for classes now before spaces run out.
|Posted on November 17, 2010 at 10:47 AM||comments (0)|
Welcome back!! KAF Classes for regular term have resumed! I hope you all had a wonderful break! Sign-up for Holidays camps have also begun-so sign up now! I will be teaching cookie camp December 20th-21st!
|Posted on October 23, 2010 at 7:23 PM||comments (0)|
Hey Everyone! The Bermuda Documentary Film Festival is currently on at the BUEI! The Docs festival is an amazing opportunity to expose yourself not only to international cinematography but to also make you aware of current social and political issues in the world. The Docs Fest has an amazing line up of films this year-SO check them out before they're gone! The Docs Festival's website is: http://www.bermudadocs.com/
|Posted on October 18, 2010 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
"The Haunted Playground", the Children's Haunted House and Halloween Fair, will held at Kaleidoscope this year! This event is for kids aged between 5 and 12, and they must be accompanied by an adult. You are all invited to join on Friday, October 29th between 6pm and 9pm, for Halloween stalls, activities, food, music and dancing. Entry tickets are $12, available from The Jackson School of Performing Arts or from www.bdatix.com.
|Posted on October 17, 2010 at 6:14 PM||comments (0)|
Thank you to Kieran's mom for the heads up about Doodle Sketch-an awesome art-interactive computer program for kids. If you have a Mac, just type in doodle in finder. If you a PC and don't have the program on the computer, that's alright, just go to http://www.doodlesketch.com/ . Have fun and doodle lots!!=D
|Posted on October 17, 2010 at 6:12 PM||comments (0)|
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|Posted on October 16, 2010 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
Dear Parents, please take note that after this week October 19-23rd, KAF will not being having any term classes for the next three weeks. However, during those three weeks, the KAF fibre camp will be on-going.