Protest Art

A fast-paced, participant-led exploration of protest art from activists in North America over the last fifty years. Informed by history, participants will develop a message and create mini-protest signs, banners, or hashtags.

Contemporary Art

Create colourful, abstract t-shirts or tote bags with stencils. In this introduction to contemporary art and printmaking, we’ll ground our creative works in a contemporary  theme such as identity, relationships, or ambiguity. Appropriate for all grades!

Conversation Starters

Participants will screenprint a tote or t-shirt with a powerful, personalized message. Get creative, speak your mind, and express yourself! This workshop is a popular add-on to the Protest Art or Contemporary Art Workshop or can be its own, standalone experience.

Screen Printing Party

A guaranteed winner with any group, screenprinting parties allow everyone to shine and make their own tshirts or tote bags. Participants run their own screenprinting studio, building teamwork and a deeper understanding of their groups dynamics.Ask me about custom screens to support curriculum outcomes.

Peace Screens

Screenprinting party! Print colourful bunting with screenprinted and hand embellished messages about creating a more peaceful world, inside and out.

Photo Emulsion

Enrichment for artists, maker spaces, and focus programs. Learn the tools and techniques of a screenprinter. Classrooms can collaborate on a custom screen, or create individual screens. Great for logos, surface design, and portfolios!

I’m exhilarated & so moved by the extent of student outcomes, participation, creativity, skills development and team building, compassion, self-awareness and self-regulation. Every educator in the LDSB should undertake participating in a Pillow Talk issue-based arts ed. project. Pillow Talk concretely provides a learning path and journey that has the potential to develop student tools and understanding of what true equity and inclusion in the school community looks like, sounds like, feels like.

Meri Marja-terttu MacLeod
Human Rights, Equity & Inclusive Education Advisor
Limestone District School Board

We are currently investigating in Geography our use of natural resources and the impact of this use. I believe that our exploration of ambiguity with your guidance- controversial but relatable themes – is allowing students to be open and more honest with our discussions. We are hearing more complex ideas e.g. consumers like how easy it is to access products, often economically, as well as better listening of other students’ ideas.We expect similar advantages when we focus on Sustainability at the end of term 2.
Rudy Candela, Calvin Park Challenge Program, gr 7&8

Pillow Talk, Student Reflections:
“It made me feel more connected to everyone in my class. If one person didn’t know how to do something, you could just go over and ask for help. The teachers weren’t in charge. It was like they taught us the skills and then we ran the show. That was an awesome feeling!”

“Having a pillow at school this year made me feel safe. I’m not a very good reader, so when we have to do quiet reading I always lay on my pillow and it helped me feel more relaxed so I could focus on my book.”

“My pillow have an owl on it asking “Are you feeling bored?” I never feel bored after bringing my pillow home because now I go through a list of what I can do. The other side of the pillow says “Do you need a challenge?” and I love challenges! I think maybe I stopped pestering my parents about having nothing to do after bringing it home because I know being bored is my problem not theirs.”

“Over the March Break I was feeling bummed because my neighbour moved away and I was sitting over on the couch crying into my pillow. When I looked up, it said “Are you feeling concerned?” and I thought … “NO I’M GOING TO MISS MY FRIEND!” The Pillow Project helped us all become better at knowing why we are feeling certain ways and it taught us new words to use instead of just mad, sad, happy.”

“My pillow was a reminder that I can use strategies to self-regulate. The question, “Are you feeling gloomy?” reminds me that so many things can bring me back to “green”. It says “Do you need some freedom?” on my pillow but sometimes I just need to take a body break, be alone, read a book, or talk to my parents. The pillow reminds me that I have choices when I’m down.”