Grade 3 students used their sketchbooks to draw landscapes and brainstorm patterns. They practised using watercolor by making a puddle of clear water on the paper, loading up brushes with paint, and dropping the pigment into the water.  They drew oil pastel patterns using a limited color scheme. Each child contributed one square of a collaborative waterfall scene.


Gone Fishin'

Here's what we did in Grade 1/2 class during my Artist Residency at Calder school. As with all the students, we practiced drawing in drafts in sketchbooks and on larger sketches, fixing any mistakes in our second draft. Then we went fishin', using Sharpie markers, tissue paper collage, and oil pastel.


For the last two weeks at Edmonton's Rio Terrace School, I worked with 350 students as artist-in-residence. To help mark Rio's 50th anniversary, each student produced a series of sketches culminating in a piece of art. What a talented group of kids! Here is some of the work we did together.

1. Owls (the Rio Terrace Mascot) as drawn by French and German Kindergarten students.

2. An Alphabet of Rio Terrace as drawn by French Grade 1 students.

3. Teachers asked me to share some tips on drawing bodies, so I showed everyone how to draw a stick skeleton to figure out body position.

4. I drew a stick skeleton, then I added clothes, skin and hair outlines to make an Action Self-Portrait.

5. Stick skeleton plus Action Self-Portrait sketches by German Grade 1/2 and French Grade 2.

6. Action Self-Portraits by German Grade 2 and French Grade 2.

Students made self-portraits as they would look in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Pictures above and below by Rio Terrace Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 students.

Thank you to all the wonderful kids and grown-ups at Rio Terrace who made my stay so fun. Merci et Danke!