About this book
The Art Room
Drawing and Painting with Emily Carr
Susan Vande Griek • Pascal Milelli
Winner of the CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
For any child who loves art, it would be the gift of a lifetime to be able to study with a great contemporary artist. This delightful story-poem recreates the wonderful world of “the art room,” where famous Northwest Coast painter Emily Carr taught drawing and painting to children to support herself in the early 1900s. Filled with Carr’s love of animals, her insistence on painting from life and nature, and the sense of fun and freedom that she inspired in her young students, author Susan Vande Griek provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of this extraordinarily gifted artist. It is also a book bound to inspire today’s children to make an “art room” of their own.
Illustrator Pascal Milelli has brilliantly accomplished the very difficult job of painting a book about a painter. His rich style is a perfect foil for the work that Carr was doing at the time. This book reminds us of what a joyous experience art can be, and can serve as an inspiration to children who love to look at the world and try to reflect its beauty in their own creations. This edition features a refreshed font and an author’s note.
About the Creators
Susan Vande Griek
Susan Vande Griek is the author of a number of highly acclaimed children’s books. Her picture book Loon, illustrated by Karen Reczuch, was named a USBBY Outstanding International Book and won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction and the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award. More recently, she has written Go Home Bay, illustrated by Pascal Milelli, a glimpse into the life of the artist Tom Thomson, and An Owl at Sea, illustrated by Ian Wallace. A longtime resident of the Maritimes, Susan now lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Pascal Milelli won the prestigious Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award for his stunning illustrations in Rainbow Bay written by Stephen Eaton Hume. Born in Madrid, Spain, Pascal trained in Canada at the Alberta College of Art. He now works out of his studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he paints primarily in oil on canvas. His art has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper’s and The Atlantic Monthly.