In early November, Grade 2 students at Dorval Elementary were treated to 2-hour workshops with Quebec illustrator, Marisol Sarrazin. The workshops were made possible thanks to a grant from the Culture in the Schools program.
Students had the opportunity to learn about the process involved in creating and publishing books, as well as the work of an illustrator. Marisol explained that her parents were both writers and this was a major factor in her becoming an artist. The first books she illustrated were collaborations with her mother, children’s book author Ginette Anfousse.
This sharing session was followed by a hands-on session where students learned the art of using dry pastels to illustrate their favourite animals. Marisol encouraged students to look at what they might consider as mistakes as an opportunity to be creative and blend in more colours. The results were truly astounding!
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Submitted by Tiffany Clarke, Dorval Elementary School