Drawing Requests – week 1

Hello 2020-2021 Dancing the Parenting Families and Alumni Families!

We are thinking of all of you during this time, when the days are quickly getting colder and darker. It is also a time when our leaders are asking us all to do our part to keep our communities healthy. We thought, ‘What better time than now to share a fun and easy activity that you can work on as a family in the comfort of your home?’ The exciting part is that these creations will be used to inspire a team of Foolish Operations artists in the very near future!

Foolish Operations is starting rehearsals for a brand new show, Moving Resting Nesting. It explores a world of imaginary birds through dance, music and story. Rehearsals have had to change and move online. We plan to use your art projects as a starting point for the artists to use during our rehearsals. We need your help to inspire and motivate!

Over the next few weeks you will receive weekly updates with new variations on the family art project, with very interesting suggestions coming from Cherry Lu (Wen Wen Lu) and Robin Lough. Participate in all of them, or join for the ones that work best for you. Most work will be shared online but we have the idea to also send some projects for collaboration through the good ol’ fashioned mail. Who doesn’t get excited to receive some fun mail? (And please email us your mailing address).

If you are willing to give us a hand, we are looking forward to seeing your creations!

Week 1 Project: Family Doodle Birds

What you’ll need:

  • Blank paper (plain or any color you like)
  • Drawing tools: crayons, pen, pencils, markers
  • Digital camera to share your masterpiece 


  1. Have one person draw a line doodle. If your collaborator is a baby, you could draw outlines of their hands, or part of their body, as they move on a piece of paper.
  2. Have another person turn this line doodle into a bird, many birds, or bird family, etc. Use all the colours you want and your imagination! No need to be perfect, this is a fun exercise and a starting point.
  3. Take a picture of the Doodle Bird
  4. Repeat as many times as you want, how many birds can you create?
  5. Share your creations with us, by emailing them to foolishoperations@gmail.com


We will be creating a private online gallery using a google drive folder where you can visit and see all the creations that have been submitted. Please send in your 1st projects by Sunday November 15th or by November 22.

Above are some finished Doodle Birds created during a brainstorming session for Moving Resting Nesting in October when we could still meet while socially distanced. Artistic credits  to Tara Rajah and Isabelle Kirouac for their inspiring birds.

Contact us at foolishoperations@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and participate!