Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Book Giveaway and Student Work

The end of the school year is finally upon us.

I have been finishing my last residencies as well as an onslaught of Father's Day workshops.  Here is just a small sampling of some of the student work over the last few weeks.

Here are some DAD clay portraits that were done with Grade 3 and Kindergarten.

Calgary Towers done with Grade 2.

Toucans with Grade 5.

Mini gardens with Grade 4.

Air dry clay portraits with grade 7 & 8.

So as summer vacation approaches I am looking forward to having time to paint and try out some new projects.

Children's colouring books are not as popular as they were when I was a kid but adult colouring books are now top sellers.

There is something soothing about filling in all those empty spaces with colour and it can provide inspiration for new art projects.

Skyhorse Publishing has several of these books available.

I love all the patterns and immediately the wheels started turning about how I was going to attempt some of these patterns as a mono print or collagraph.

I also like that the pages are perforated so you can remove them easily and add them to your visual journal or put them on display.

Sample pages are provided at the front of the books to give you colour combo ideas.

The back of the book has colour bar space to try out these combinations before adding them to the designs.

Each book has 46 designs for you to colour.

I have 3 of these great books up for grabs.  If you are interested in winning one of these to enjoy over summer vacation please enter by one of the following ways:

- leave a comment on this blog post
- email me directly at
- like or comment on this post on my Facebook page

I will make the draw on Friday June 19th/15.

Good luck everyone and thanks to Skyhorse Publishing for sponsoring this great giveaway.



  1. Gorgeous artwork! I would have loved to have had an art teacher like you when I was in school.

    I've loved coloring books my whole life. I'm glad to see that adult coloring books is now a thing. There's no better way to relax.

  2. What a wonderful array of student art here dear Gail! Love what you do and just like Cindy said, to have an art teacher like you would have been the BEST!! (though I love your teaching and step by step instuctions, i've made heaps of things with my "Students" because of your sharing, so thanks heaps!!)
    Oh and thanks for the chance to win!!
    Smiles SHarnee :)

  3. Gorgeous work, Gail! I have been looking at some adult coloring books and it looks like exactly what I refreshing and relaxing and creative! Thanks for the chance to enter and sharing your work!

  4. Truly appreciate and envy the great art you encourage from your students! I know the children must love you and going to art class. How fortunate they are. I agree with Cindy that coloring can be a wonderful way to unwind. And paisley patterns are the best. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to paisley!

  5. Your ideas are the go to, for me and my colleagues. I really enjoy seeing what is possible with the youngest of students. Your site has helped me become better at teaching visual arts. Thanks!

  6. Thank you! I would love to enter the book draw. Thank you for all of your inspiration. I use your project ideas with my grade 3 class often!!

  7. I love the Dad clay portraits. Kids do amazing things with great teaching! Keep up the great work!!

  8. Thanks, Gail. Once again some inspiring work by your students. Love the Dad's buttons. Did you fire the buttons or use an air dry clay?

    I'd appreciate a copy of the book. Thanks for all of your sharing.

    Mary Lee

  9. Love the clay Father's Day projects! The music teacher in my building and I were just talking about adult. Looting books! Look up "praying in color." These books could work for that, too!:)

  10. What fantastic projects! The books look terrific as well and full of inspiration—I'd love to give one a try.

  11. You are amazing! I love your projects and have tried many of them with my grandkids. I'm also a coloring fanatic! I love trying out new color combos so I can find good ones for crochet work. These coloring books would be a great prize to win!

  12. I remember my grandmother always had a coloring book she was working on. The look on her face was always one of wonder and great peace as she colored in her pages. I would love to wind one of these books! Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you for all you have inspired many children with and have also inspired me!

  13. They are beautiful.
    I love your blog. It is inspiring.

  14. I would love to enter your book draw. My daughter was just looking at something very similar on mandalas the other day :)

  15. I have rediscovered coloring when I began keeping my grandson - I would love to have a grownup coloring book - had no idea they even made them! Thanks for the opportunity.

  16. Oh wow Gail, the students artwork is just lovely! I really liked the toucans! Very creative kids! And WOW I would really love a copy of one of these books! I am a homeschool mom to an 11 year old little girl who has recently expressed to me that she really wants to explore her creative side through art techniques and sadly, I don't know very many to teach her! I think these books will be a great starting point and the best part is she doesn't have to do much but color them up! She loves to color! Thanks so much for great opportunity!

  17. I wish I had someone as creative as you as my school art teacher, my teacher told me I was terrible and would never pass my final art exams :( I got an A though! :)
    Seriously great giveaway too, I only recently said i'd love to start working on some mandalas, Sign me up for the competition please :)

  18. I love so much on your blog! Thank you for sharing! Wish all my kids have such a teacher.