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Sheridan Alumni Couch Camp

Date: Jul. 19, 2021 – Jul. 23, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.

Location: Online

Sheridan Alumni Couch Camp header. Illustration of two people reading books while curled up on a couch.

Now that summer is finally here, what are you going to do with the kids? Sheridan Alumni comes to the rescue with Couch Camp – 60 minutes of FREE, fun and educational activities every day for five days, and many of the workshops are hosted by talented Sheridan grads. The kids can learn how to draw cartoons, take a yoga or an acting class, explore the Toronto Zoo (virtually), and do experiments with a Mad Scientist.

All activities will begin at 10 a.m. EDT and will run for one hour. You have the option to register your child(ren) for all five activities or select the ones that interest them. All activities are planned for kids in the age range of 6–12 years old, but are fun for the whole family.

Register for ALL activities

Intro to Cartooning with Mike Cope

Monday, July 19 | 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

Join Sheridan alumnus and cartoonist Mike Cope for a fun, hands-on introduction to Cartoon Drawing! Learn how you can turn shapes and lines into your own fantastic characters. Mike will share tips on drawing faces and expressions as well as posing your character designs.

Materials required: Blank paper, pencil, and your imagination!

Register for Intro to Cartooning

More about MikeMike Cope

Mike studied Animation at Sheridan, and his cartoons and illustrations have been published nationally and internationally in books, magazines, newspapers, and on websites. Mike has a passion for teaching and has facilitated hundreds of cartooning and animation workshops for students – including preschoolers – their parents, and professional educators.

Learn more about Mike


Down in the Rainforest kids’ yoga class

Tuesday, July 20 | 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

Come and join us for the Down in the Rainforest kids’ yoga class! The rainforest is one of the incredible treasures of our planet, and it is in danger! In this class, you'll learn about jungle animals, what sounds they make and how they move. You'll enjoy a story about how these animals helped save the rainforest trees. Invite your friends and get ready to have fun with yoga poses, playful movements, and an exciting yoga game!

Register for Down in the Rainforest

More about IrinaIrina Kazakevic and five children doing various yoga poses.

Irina Kazakevic is a proud Sheridan grad (Teaching Hatha Yoga ‘08), an Ontario Certified Teacher and a yoga teacher (E-RCY 500). She is the founder of the Yoga Break for Children™ Yoga Alliance Registered School and the creator of the online platform, Well-Being Yoga. Irina is the author of the Children's Yoga Cards and the 52 Kids Yoga Lesson Plan Collection. She trains teachers in her 95-hour Children's Yoga Teacher Training all around the globe online and in person.

Connect with Irina:

Children yoga training: https://yogabreakforchildren.com/95hour-teacher-training/
Children's yoga cards: https://bit.ly/kids-yoga-cards-CAN
Kids yoga lesson plans: https://yogabreakforchildren.com/kids-yoga-unit/
Join Irina on Instagram @yogabreakforchildren


Virtual visit to the Toronto Zoo

Wednesday, July 21 | 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

This virtual visit will highlight the Eurasia area of the Toronto Zoo and give you a chance to see several of the animals residing there, including the Amur tigers, red pandas, snow leopards, and more. At the end of our virtual visit, we will swing by the polar bears and have a 15-minute meet-and-greet with Sheridan grad and zookeeper extraordinaire, Amy Goswell. You’ll also have the chance to ask Amy all of your questions about polar bears! Fun fact: Did you know that polar bears are among the world’s largest carnivores that live on land, with the average male standing approximately 11-foot tall and weighing between 800 and 1,300 pounds? Wow!

Register for Virtual visit to the Toronto Zoo

More about AmyAmy Goswell standing in front of the polar bear exhibit.

Amy has worked as a zookeeper with the Toronto Zoo since she first graduated from Sheridan’s Animal Care program in 2008. She was hired by the Zoo after graduation, beginning in its Discovery and Outreach area. At present, Amy works closely with the polar bears, but also takes care of the other animals that live in the Zoo’s Tundra Trek area — Arctic wolves, snowy owls, and reindeer, to name a few. This hands-on, day-to-day interaction with the animals is not only her favourite aspect of working at the Zoo — it was the reason she pursued the career in the first place.

Read more about Amy.


Introduction to Acting: Moving the Narrative Forward

Thursday, July 22 | 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

How do movement and choreography tell a strong story? In this workshop, we'll answer that question and show you the ways in which character choices can influence narrative-driven choreography. This workshop will be facilitated by former Sheridan faculty member, Julie Tomaino, who is a theatre director, a choreographer, and an educator from Young People's Theatre – the oldest professional theatre company in Toronto and a national producer and presenter of theatre for young audiences.

Register for Introduction to Acting

More about Julie TomainoJulie Tomaino

Julie is a theatre director, a choreographer, and an educator. She has won the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award, the Dora Award, and multiple ovation and Broadway awards in choreography for her work in musical theatre. Julie lived and worked as a performer in New York City for over 12 years. Notable credits include the US national tour of Crazy for You, regional productions of Chicago, Cabaret, Evita, Forum, and 42nd Street. She also performed as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall for six seasons and appeared on The Today Show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and at the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Julie is now based in Toronto and works across Canada, putting up musicals at some of the top regional theatres in the country. She also loves teaching and has taught or been on faculty at Sheridan, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York, Randolph Academy, Nazareth College, Broadway Dance Center, George Brown College, and Capilano University.

Find out more about Julie at julietomaino.com


Mad Mixture Science Experiment

Friday, July 23 | 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

Child in a science lab wearing goggles and a bow tie, surrounded by beakers and holding up a test tube.

This fun-filled workshop is an interactive introduction to the science of chemistry, where children will learn about chemical safety and common hazard signs. The concept of chemistry as ‘mixing things together’ will be explored in hands-on activities, when children pour, stir and mix their way to blowing up a balloon WITHOUT their lungs! An amazing demonstration opens up the world of polymers, and the class concludes with each child creating their very own pot of Crazy Dough to take home.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1tbsp of oil
  • 1–2 tbsp of water
  • food colouring (not necessary – just makes the crazy dough a colour)
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of baking soda
  • 2–3 balloons
  • an empty water bottle
  • a wooden skewer
  • funnel or a piece of paper
  • a bowl
  • a spoon

Register for Mad Mixture Science Experiment

All About Mad Science

For over 30 years, Mad Science has developed science programs that are kid-tested and approved. It provides hands-on, fun STEM experiences that could be the foundation of a lifelong love of science, technology, engineering, and math!

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