The Art Room by Susan Vande Griek

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This richly illustrated story-poem celebrates the experience of learning to paint in the presence of a master teacher. Set in the 1900s when artist Emily Carr (1871–1945) was teaching art to children, The Art Room highlights Carr’s passion for painting the natural world and the sense of freedom she inspired in her students. Emily Carr’s work has been exhibited with, and frequently compared to, the art of Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo. Pascal Milelli’s illustrations are a perfect foil to the work Carr created.

About Susan Vande Griek

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Susan Vande Griek is a teacher and writer. Her junior novel, A Gift for Ampato, received high praise from teachers and journalists alike and was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, and Susan also wrote a picture-book biography of Emily Carr, The Art Room. She divides her time between Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Pascal Milelli graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1988. His book The Art Room, written by Susan Vande Griek, won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration in 2002.
Published April 3, 2002 by Groundwood Books. 24 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Vande Griek (A Gift for Ampato) pays tribute to her compatriot, Canadian artist Emily Carr (1871–1945), by imagining the experience of the children to whom Carr taught drawing and painting in the early 1900s.

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