Unseen: A Literary Outreach Project
In the weeks leading up to the Luminato Festival, local authors and artists led elementary school students from Nelson Mandela Park Public School and Rose Avenue Public School through a multidisciplinary exploration of their Toronto, The Unseen – the theme of this year’s A Literary Picnic. The result of their exploration was the creation of this series of hand-printed postcards.
Process: observing and imagining Literary Walk – with Toronto-based author, Alissa York While on the walk, students were encouraged to notice their surroundings as Alissa York read a few short passages from Canadian literary works, incorporating the Don Valley ravines as inspiration, and encouraging artistic empathy.
Responsive Writing – Back in the classroom, Alissa guided the students through a series of responsive writing exercises, mining their experiences in the valley. The students generated material on the theme of “If I lived in the Don Valley,” thereby challenging the ways in which they, and others, see (or fail to see) this compelling urban space.
Printmaking – with local artist, Melissa McGrath With their written material gathered from the previous workshop printed on the back side of the postcard, students reflected on their experience in the Don Valley Ravines, and explored basic printmaking techniques, each creating 20 hand-printed images of their “Unseen Toronto” on the front side of the postcard.
Literary Critique – with Luminato Festival Literature & Ideas Curator, Noah Richler
Noah prepared students to participate in a special student-run literary critique session, where select authors will present new book ideas for the students’ feedback on one of the stages during A Literary Picnic.
We invite you to join these remarkable students at A Literary Picnic, to experience more of Toronto, the
Unseen, an event featuring over 50 Canadian authors
A Literary Picnic
Sunday June 15, 12:30PM–3:30PM, FREE!
Trinity Bellwoods Park (rain location, here at Artscape Youngplace)