Virtual Parol Making Workshop

This workshop is now full.
Stay in touch with us for future workshops by sending us an email.

What is a parol?

A parol is a traditional Filipino, star-shaped lantern that historically represents the star the three wise men followed. This has been a custom that families have done for many generations around the holidays and is often part of large family celebrations with dancing and shared meals. 

Regardless of your faith, people of all ages and parents with children, can join us in making this beautiful, fun decoration that will light up your home! 

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Time: 6pm-7pm EST / 3pm-4pm PST
Cost: Free/By donation (suggested $5 donation) (Donate here)
Open to: All ages, parents and children

Space is limited to 25 people.


If you have have your own materials, you can join in! However we are able to supply 20 free Parol Kits (enough for 1 parol) to those living in the Ottawa-Gatineau area only. These art kits include the following items and are on a first come first serve basis.

• 10 Bamboo Sticks
• 16 Cellophane Squares
• 5 Wooden Dowel Pins
• 20 Rubber Bands
• 5 – 7 sheets of coloured tissue paper

You will also need access to a computer or smartphone, internet, Zoom and audio.

What YOU will need to pick up yourself: 
For liability reasons, these three items listed do not come with the Parol Kit. Please have these items prior to the event and have an adult help you with the hot glue gun. Items can be found at your local Dollar Store and will cost approx. $6.

  • Glue Gun / Hot Glue Sticks
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors


We try to make our workshops accessible. If you require special assistance, please let us know and we will try to accommodate as best as we can.

Sample video:

This workshop is now full.

You will be sent the Zoom link upon registering a few days before the event. Please make sure you check your spam. This event will not be recorded.

Your instructor:

Claudine Santos

Claudine studied in Herstmonceaux, England and Kingston, ON at Queen’s University, earning degrees in politics and Spanish literature as well as a certificate of international studies. She also has a background in law.

She’s had a circuitous career path to becoming Director of Parliamentary Affairs to Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson, having worked as the general manager and corporate trainer for Prime Restaurant, social media manager for, and run her own company Family Industries, to name a few.

She lives in Barrhaven, ON with her husband and young son.

A.R.T. In Action would like to thank the Social Planning Council of Ottawa for sponsoring this workshop.

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Photos: Last day at Mademill with AFO

Our last day with Mademill / prototypeD was a blast! The youth had the opportunity to paint with Virtual Reality and water-based spray-paint.

Thank you again to all the organizers at Mademill who made this 3 day workshop happen, to our educators, volunteers and staff.

Photos by: Seyi Okuribido-Malcolm on behalf of DLG Media.


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A.R.T. In Action X AFO youth in Collab with MadeMill, PrototypeD from DLG (Dream Love Grow) Media on Vimeo.


FREE 6 Week Workshop for Youth With Visual Impairments

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Youth of all ages will have the opportunity to try painting, mixed-media, eco-art, textured collaging and more. Parents are welcome to stay, but there will be volunteers to assist. Workshops are drop-in style and are open to all youth.

Please note, we are only accepting 12 registrants per workshop due to space limitations and the need for an intimate environment. We ask all participants to register for the entire six weeks. If participants are unable to attend a workshop, please contact us so that we can contact those on the waitlist.

The workshop is regularly 12 weeks, but due to summer activities, the workshop has been divided into 2 six week programs. This is the first session.

Registration for the program is free on Eventbrite. To register please visit:

We look forward to creating with you!


FREE Workshop: 3D Printing, Motion Capture and Virtual Painting

Please note this workshop is full.

A.R.T. In Action is proud to partner with MadeMill and prototypeD to offer a specialized 3 day art workshop to youth with developmental disabilities. Youth will have the opportunity to learn about and use equipment for 3D printing, Motion Capture and Virtual Painting.

Saturday, February 3: 1PM – 4PM
Saturday, February 17: 1PM – 4PM
Saturday, March 3: 1PM – 4PM


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Free 12 Week Summer/Fall A.R.T. Drop-in for youth with disabilities


  • week one – JUNE 26
  • week two – JULY 3 **updated
  • week three – JULY 17
  • week four – JULY 24
  • week five – JULY 31
  • week six – AUG 14
  • week seven – AUG 21 **cancelled**
  • week eight – AUG 28
  • week nine – SEPT11
  • week ten – SEPT 18
  • week eleven – SEPT 25
  • week twelve – OCT 2 ** FINAL DAY


    Time: 1-3PM
    Located at CollabSpace, 70 Bongard Ave.
    Facilitated by: Anona Kosmack

Art projects vary week to week and include everything from drawing, painting, mixed media and more.

Feel free to drop-in or contact us to join the fun!
Register with Ability First Ottawa to join all programming by calling
Christina Ranieri at 613-291-5422


Free A.R.T. Drop-In For Youth in Arviat, Nunavut


Open to youth living in the Hamlet of Arviat, Nunavut
Start date: Saturday March 11, 2017
Last day: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Two programs will run from 6-8PM and 9-11PM daily.
Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Located at the drop-in center in Arviat
Facilitated by: Elizabeth (Ilisapi) Gordon

Feel free to drop-in or contact us to join the fun!