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Yukon Seasons In Music & Colours ( Steve Slade and Maya Rosenberg)

Maya Rosenberg, Steve Slade • Extended Projects, Multidisciplinary Art Projects

A  collaborative workshop in visual art and music!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students discover how different artistic genres can work together to provide new perspectives
  • Collaboration across art genres and students (class mural)
  • Colour theory and landscape painting
  • Song writing form and skills

Part 1: Steve will write a song with the class; developing a verse for each of the four seasons. (Each verse will have a colour and an animal.)

Part 2: Maya will teach the students about colour theory, and work with them to paint each season (connecting with the colour and animal found in the song).

Part 3: Students will each create a booklet with their art, as well a contribute to a larger mural for the class that combines the 4 seasons, colours, animals and song lyrics. 


Grade Suitability4-7
Maximum Class Size30
Time Required14 hours ( 7 hours per artist) + 6 hours prep (Total: 20 hours)
Material RequiredArtist can supply if needed (watercolour kits, water containers, tape, watercolour paper, hole punch and ribbon, pencils, eraser, scissors, 4 large Bristol board in 4 colours)
Material CostEstimated Price: $8-$10 per student (if artists provides supplies)
Language of InstructionEnglish
AvailabilitySpring- other options may be available. Please check with artist

Maya Rosenberg

Maya was born and raised in Israel. She has traveled to the United States, Canada and Europe, and moved to Whitehorse in August 2014. She is currently an active member at the Yukon Artists at Work Gallery, teaching art workshops across the Yukon Territory, coordinating and teaching community engagements projects and exhibiting in various art galleries across Canada. Maya also has a B.Ed. with the YNTEP program and is passionate about combining art and education in an experiential way. Maya’s art is inspired by nature and its rejuvenating qualities. She uses colour to reflect the connections between art, education, our communities and nature.

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Steve Slade

Steve Slade is a long time Yukoner who has been working in the (mostly) rural community schools for almost 3 decades. He pioneered the ‘songwriting in the classroom’ here in the Yukon and the NWT’s Mackenzie Delta. Songs that he has written with students have won awards, prizes, and resulted in two CD’s with involvement from 5 Yukon schools.

He has worked in schools coast to coast to coast. A song he wrote with a Grade 1 class in Langley BC was read into the national record of Parliament (Hansard) in Ottawa (2008). But, more importantly, the songs have impacted on the students involved and he regularly gets young students (now young adults) coming up to him in the grocery stores, gas stations and venues to greet him and sing a few lyrics together.

For the last decade he has been traveling to schools with 20 ukuleles, various guitars, basses, bangers, shakers and sundry musical instruments. Steve and the class will write a song together, and then he will teach the instruments and arrange the class and songs for a performance at their Christmas or end of school year concert. The students accompany themselves in concert. It’s a blast!

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