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CONTACTS AT ARTsmart FOR 2019/20

Anette Larsson, Chair ( email ), board member
Liz Pead, Art Room Coordinator
Jennifer Deyell, Treasurer, board member
Sean Hurley, Secretary, board member
Ekin Yagman, Communications Officer, board member
Virginia Johnson, board member
Sonia Antunes, Principal
Ashley Weger, Teacher Representative


Art Night - May 14, 2020


November 13 @ 6-7pm
Activity and pizza available for your child
if you RSVP by November 10th. All are welcome!

What is ARTsmart?

Students at Clinton Street Jr. Public School in Toronto have access to a unique visual arts program called ARTsmart. The program is run by Friends of Clinton (FOC), a registered charity supported by volunteers from the Clinton school community. FOC was formed in 1989 when Clinton celebrated its 100th year. The Clinton community wanted to mark the centennial by creating the unique visual art program that is still vibrant today. A former student, Beatrice Minden (1910-2009), gave an endowment gift to ensure visual arts activities at Clinton would continue. Beatrice had fond memories from being a student at Clinton and she held a strong belief that primary and junior students greatly benefit from visual arts instruction. The Art Room on the first floor at Clinton School was dedicated by Beatrice.

The ARTsmart program provides students with opportunities to work with professional artists and artists living and working within our school community. The program is based on a close collaboration with Clinton School teachers. We are very fortunate to have professional artist and former Clinton parent Liz Pead as the Art Room Coordinator. Each May, Clinton hosts an annual Art Night to showcase and celebrate Clinton student’s art work.

How to Donate

Charitable donations to ARTsmart help with the cost of running the program, including materials, artist fees and a modest bursary for the Art Room coordinator.

Apart from charitable donations, supplementary funds are raised at pizza fundraisers during school concerts as well as support from Parent Council generated from the annual Fall Fair.

Your donation helps make visual arts enrichment possible for all Clinton Public School students!
A charitable tax receipt will be issued for your donation.

Here are three ways to give:

We need more parents to help run our charity!

We are actively looking for parents to join our meetings and get involved. We have monthly hour long meetings with activities and pizza for your children. It is a great way to get involved in the Clinton community and contribute to your child’s education! No art experience needed - all welcome!

ARTsmart News - June 2019

There was a whole lot of art going on during the month of May! We accomplished 22 art classes and did everything from papier mache, learning to build 3 dimensional shapes and making little cities, painting the natural world outside - when it was warm enough! We discussed Graphic Design in both protest posters for May Day and looking at sports imagery of the Toronto Raptors. GO RAPTORS! There was also a lot of ink drawing, and Eduara Sousa coming in for a special guest appearance in some of the classrooms doing printmaking.

Finally, we had Art Night. The whole school jumped in to help install works all over the school with Ashley Weger directing traffic and doing a lot of heavy lifting. Ekin Yagman and Jennifer Klein were matting and mounting, jumping in to even help with a few last minute classes. I couldn’t have done it any other way - thank you Clinton for being AMAZING!!!! A special shout out to our wonderful caretakers Alex, Chris, Eric and Shea for going along with my crazy idea of exhibiting on the cafeteria tables in the gym and keeping everything together.

While this year is winding down, and we are still messing around with art, I am looking forward to next year. Hamish might be graduating this year, but I am going to be staying on next year as Art Room Co-ordinator. Jumping in mid-stream has been wild, full of challenges and I found that I LOVE this job. I’m so honoured I have been asked back. See you in the Art Room!


Beatrice Minden Lane was inaugurated! It is located one block east of Jersey, south of Harbord. Our very own treasurer, Jennifer Deyell, nominated Beatrice for this honour.

Beatrice Minden Lane was inaugurated! It is located one block east of Jersey, south of Harbord. Our very own treasurer, Jennifer Deyell, nominated Beatrice for this honour.

Liz created an art installation in the laneway for this occasion.

Liz created an art installation in the laneway for this occasion.


Current nomination list for the 19/20 ArtSmart Board:

Anette, Jennifer, Sean, Ekin, Virginia

For those interested in becoming a board member next year here is the description.

Board Member Job Description:
- Attend hour-long monthly ARTsmart meetings from September to June
- Volunteer at one or several ARTsmart activities and events (assist Art Room
Coordinator in the Art Room, organizing and helping with pizza  fundraisers at
school concerts, organize ARTsmart activities at Fall Fair, help with Art Night
and any new activities)

ARTsmart News - May 2019

We are looking for parents to join our board of directors for the next school year. Please contact Anette Larsson, chair, for more information. 

All are welcome to our Annual General Meeting on June 6 at 6pm in the Art room. 

Thanks to everyone who visited Art’s Night on May 16th. There was incredible talent on display by our students. The gymnasium plus the hallways on all three floors contained all sorts of wonderful art that was created by the students over the past school year. Thank you to the students, staff and ArtSmart especially Liz for an amazing night unlike any other in the school year.

Our Art Room Coordinator, Liz Pead, did ink drawing with several classes, (Ms. Cook’s class’ work is installed in the Art Room currently). Liz also did some blind contour drawing where you spend more time looking at what you are drawing instead of looking at your paper. Students drew their hands and it resulted in some awesome works. Students also worked in painting and some MonoPrinting - where you paint on a plastic or glass plate, and take a print from it, with each print being a one of a kind. One of the painting exercises comes from a workshop Liz did with Anne Meredith Barry many years ago. She asked the artist to think of a big colour…put it down, relate your smallest colour to that, keep going with all of your colours! A few of the classes even went the step further - trading off their painting with a buddy and painting a copy of their friend’s painting. 

ARTsmart News - April 2019

The Art Room is in full Spring Cleaning! The younger children are diving into a few of our favourite painters (Van Gogh and Seurat so far), with the Colour Theory of Johannes Itten inspiring us to look a little more carefully at these great paintings. 

The older kids are gearing up to answer the age old question of “What should I make today?” with a design and drawing exercise I learned as The Circle Game. Stay tuned on that one; but please don’t be alarmed if you find your child drawing doorhinges, electrical plugs, tv remotes, and other mechanical things. Below are some pictures highlighting some Art Room sessions. 

We learned about Art For Change... and then made some of our own!


Artists we looked at:
General Idea
Maya Lin
Shepard Fairey


ARTsmart News - March 2019

Amanda Wyman has left her role as Art Room Coordinator to dedicate her time to teaching at TDSB. We thank Amanda for all her work with Clinton students this school year and wish her all the best as a teacher.

We are thrilled to announce that artist and Clinton parent Liz Pead is our new Art Room Coordinator, starting the first week of March. Liz is known to many Clinton students and parents as a long-time volunteer at Art Smart. She created the beloved tree sweater project in conjunction with the 2017 Fall Fair and has done many workshops in the Art Room, including indigo and Shibori dying.  A graduate of New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and  OCADU. Her work is currently on display in the group exhibition Power Play: Hockey in Canadian Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Windsor until May 12. Liz has extensive experience working with students and we are thrilled to welcome her in this role.

The next ARTsmart meeting is on March 21st from 6-7PM in the Art Room. All are welcome to attend. We need more people involved to help run our charitable organization that provides visual arts enrichment at Clinton School. Please contact Anette Larsson, Chair, for more information at


News from the Art Room

January/February 2019

During the past two months the students have been learning about clay and how it is used in our everyday lives. We used air-dry clay to make monster sculptures by attaching clay pieces together (also called scoring). Additionally they learned about primary and secondary colours and how to mix them with the right amount of paint. We learned about tints and shades and how we can make colours lighter or darker with black and white. Thanks to Ekin for her assistance in the art room and the photos. Check out the photos of these amazing creatures.

December 2018

ARTsmart is entirely funded by donations. We are looking for additional contributions to be put towards fees for visiting artists and basic art supplies. Please consider making a year-end gift that will benefit every student at Clinton. 

Please give your gift to Zilda (cheque made out to ARTsmart/Friends of Clinton) or donate at

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Also, the Art Room coordinator is looking for the following art supplies:

Glue sticks! Many glue sticks!
card stock paper
clean styrofoam containers (only non allergy related foods)

We are looking for more parent volunteers who can assist Amanda in the Art Room. Please contact Christine at if you are interested. And thank you to those who have already volunteered!

The next ARTsmart meeting is on January 10th in the Art Room from 6-7.


Art Room Coordinator Amanda Wyman and her volunteers have been busy painting and drawing with Clinton students and creating colour wheels. And printmaking:



Fall Fair 2018

Thank you to all the rock painters at the Fall Fair! Ekin Yagman and Danica Trasher organized this activity for ARTsmart. All the rocks have been placed in the Clinton garden.

Fall Art Classes 2018

Every  Clinton student will benefit from visual arts enrichment in the Art Room this year. Our new ARTsmart Coordinator Amanda Wyman, in collaboration with Ashley Weger and Sonia Antunes, have created a schedule for when each class will attend the Art Room. This differ from previous years when teachers had to sign up for their class to attend. We are looking for a pool of parent volunteers who can assist Amanda in the Art Room. Please contact Christine at if you are interested.

In the past few weeks, students have been working on drawing and painting still lives


Arts Night - May 2018

We received great feedback from students, staff and family members who took in this incredible showcase of art created at our school this school year. Big congratulations to Art Room Coordinator Eduarda Sousa, Clinton teachers, staff and volunteers who made Arts Night a great success.

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March 2018

The kindergarten classes this past month have worked on papier mache masks. 

Eduarda has also started the process of discussing ideas with the graduating grade six classes about ideas for their graduation project. 

With the other classes, she has continued honing their skills in charcoal still life drawing and exploring watercolour.


February was a busy month. Students have continued to hone their charcoal skills and the results are remarkable as the drawings from grades 2-6.  

Some 5/6 classes have worked on printmaking and this painting was made in one of the DD classes.



January 2018

Our Art Room coordinator has continued her work with the students this term in drawing and painting. Students were introduced to acrylic paint and will be going back to charcoal drawing to reinforce the importance of practice with a familiar medium. She has also introduced printmaking to several classes, and worked with Ms. Harding's class to make prints for the Parent Council fundraiser. Eduarda has also started preparing with the teachers on the pinhole camera project. Below are a few examples of work that has been done: (kettle, is by Room 205 students, poppies are by Room 213 students, and the fish is by Room 209 students)


November 2017

Focusing on building fundamental skills, the students have practiced their observation skills while drawing still life. 

Recently, Eduarda introduced printmaking to some of the classes, focusing on techniques that are easy to replicate at home.

October 2017 - Fall fair

Liz Pead, artist and secretary of ArtSmart conducted her Tree Sweater Knitting at the Fall Fair!  

It was amazing to see so many kids and many grown-ups engage in the mechanics of the knitting machine, picking the colours, and designing the pattern and then picking the lucky trees in our school yard.