They say Wolfgang Mozart could play the harpsichord by age three and read music by age five. Pablo Picasso completed his first piece of art at the age of eight and was putting on gallery exhibitions by the time he was 15.
Gordon Korman, one of Canada's best-known children's writers, wrote his first book at age 13.
That's not to say that every child can be a prodigy, but if they never try than you'll never know. At the very least, arts give children the ability to have fun expressing themselves creatively - and parents some very cool things to stick on their refrigerators.
This year, July 17 to 18, marks the 27 th annual Whistler Children's Art Festival, produced by the Whistler Arts Council. Every kid born and raised in Whistler for the past three decades has likely taken part.
Despite funding cuts, the Whistler Arts Council has focused its funds on the Children's Festival. When combined with donations of money and art supplies, and event sponsorship, the result is a full slate of workshops and entertainers that will rival any year.
"There will be some cuts to ArtWalk that people will notice, but for the Children's Art Festival there is just as much entertainment and it's just as good as past years," said Ali Richmond, manager of communications for the Whistler Arts Council.
Richmond is urging families to register early, as many of the workshops are expected to sell out before the day of the event. To give kids more opportunity to take part, they have also decided to keep the schedule the same on both days in case there is a conflict.
"If parents or kids miss a workshop they want to take because there's another workshop they can come back on the second day and take part," explained Richmond.
"We don't want unhappy children because they missed out on any of the workshops. But that said, there are tons of free activities and entertainers so there is a lot going on whether you're in the workshops or not."
The festival is geared to kids of all ages, with pre-school activities for kids aged three to five, workshops for kids in Grade 7 and 8, and a variety of workshops for the whole family. Mandatory online registration is required for some of the workshops, with the registration getting underway on Friday July 9 and closing on July 15. The price ranges from $5 to $10, which includes all art supplies.
Other workshops are available by onsite registration only. The schedule is posted at www.whistlerartscouncil.com, but some of the highlights include:
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