PAST PROJECTS

 
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Experimenting

with pop-ups

Workshop: The Pop-up Lab

St. John Fisher Elementary School
Pointe-Claire, QC
Kindergarten  (ages 5-6)
2019

I showed the kids some examples and then gave them each a blank pop-up to illustrate as they wished. 
 

Having given them an idea of how pop-ups work, I demonstrated some techniques and helped them make their own from scratch. 
 

 By the end of the hour, they had samples for future classroom or home projects.

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The Pleasure of
Popping Up

Workshop: Pop-Up Lab

École Henri-Bachand
Saint-Liboire, QC
Grade 6 (ages 11-12)
2016

Kids and adults of all ages love the opportunity to experiment with paper. In this case, I had shown the class a variety of published pop-up books. 

This boy was fascinated with one form in particular and set out to analyze it. With a little bit of guidance, he was able to replicate the form and was thrilled by the result.

 
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Beaconsfield Elementary School, Beaconsfield, QC
Grade 2  (ages 7-8) 
2015

The kids each wrote their own riddle and illustrated the answer.

 

I helped them transform their illustrations into pop-ups.

 
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Halloween Pop-Ups

Workshop: The Pop-Up Folio

Montreal Children’s Library
Richmond Branch
Ages 6 to 11
2015

I prepared the orange suitcases in advance. The kids were shown how to cut the pop-up structures.

 

They added illustrations and an origami ghost or other spooky creature. 

This is my sample.

 
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Animals and Emotions

Workshop: The Pop-Up Book

École Au-Pied-de-la-Montagne
Montreal, QC
Grade 2  (ages 7-8)
2019

In the first session, I introduced the kids to pop-ups, and we practised basic techniques. They cut out the five pop-up structures for their books.

 

Then, each student decided what animals and emotions they would portray, and with the help of their teachers, they illustrated the pop-ups, made the cover, and wrote the text (in this example, it is hidden in a flap on the bottom left of the page). I returned for a second session to help them assemble everything.

 
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Natural Disasters

Workshop: The Pop-up Book

École Merton Elementary
Côte-Saint-Luc, QC
Grade 4 (ages 9-10)
2019

The students in this French immersion class each created six pop-ups--depicting different types of natural disasters--to display at the school science fair.

 

They illustrated the pop-ups and added informational texts. Both the French and science teachers were involved.

 
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École L'Étoile-Filante,
Saint-Onésime-d'Ixworth, QC
Grade 1 (ages 6-7) with translation help from older students
2017

I was delighted to be asked to give workshops at this tiny elementary school in rural Quebec where the total student population was around 45.

 

The project was a collaboration between the French and English teachers as well a both the younger and older students. The subject: an insect story.

 

In addition, the ambitious teachers had colour copies of the students' books printed and industrially bound to sell at a regional book fair to raise funds for the school.

 
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École primaire Saint-Laurent
Brossard, QC
Grade 5 (ages 10-11) 
2009

Sometimes, students create comic books instead of a traditional narrative.

 

At this school, the teachers organized a series of activities leading up to the bookbinding project and following it. They visited a printing shop, invited a comic artist into their classroom, and researched the history of comics.

 

After the bookbinding was complete, they held an exhibition to display their work.

 
Pictured: Kids' books and my samples from various workshops

I've guided kids and adults in  artist book projects in many contexts: classrooms, after school programs, libraries, birthday parties, and when babysitting. 

One definition of artist books describes them as more than just a container to protect the text inside. An artist book is a work of art in itself!