Groundwood Books

The Art Room

Drawing and Painting with Emily Carr

Written by Susan Vande Griek • Illustrated by Pascal Milelli

For students in grades K - 2 | Published August 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781773063713

Cover of The Art Room

Regular price $9.95 CAD

24 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

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 a teacher and writer who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

Pascal Milelli

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. Visit Pascal Milelli's website:

The Art Room The Art Room The Art Room