St. John Fisher Elementary School
Kindergarten (ages 5-6)
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.
The Pleasure of
Grade 6 (ages 11-12)
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.
Beaconsfield Elementary School, Beaconsfield, QC
Grade 2 (ages 7-8)
The kids each wrote their own riddle and illustrated the answer.
I helped them transform their illustrations into pop-ups.
Montreal Children’s Library
Ages 6 to 11
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.
Animals and Emotions
Grade 2 (ages 7-8)
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.
École Merton Elementary
Grade 4 (ages 9-10)
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.
Bilingual Bug Books
Grade 1 (ages 6-7) with translation help from older students
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.
École primaire Saint-Laurent
Grade 5 (ages 10-11)
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!