What is ARTsmart?

Contacts at ARTsmart for 2017/18

Anette Larsson, Chair ( email )
Liz Pead, Secretary
Kara Bowerman, Treasurer
Christine Leonard, Communications Officer
Eduarda Sousa, Art Room Coordinator
Sonia Antunes, Principal
Pam Jamieson and Ashley Weger, Teacher Representatives


Arts Night -Thursday May 17
Next ARTsmart meeting (AGM) - Wednesday June 13 at 6pm

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 in conjunction with an endowment gift made to the school by former student Beatrice Minden, née Spiegel (1910-2009). 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. This year, teacher’s sign-up on a board posted outside the Art Room for the opportunity to be part of a session with visual artist and Art Room Coordinator Eduarda Sousa. 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 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:


Eduarda Sousa - Art Room Coordinator for ARTsmart

We are thrilled to have Eduarda back for the second year as Art Room Coordinator.  Eduarda works closely with Clinton teachers who bring their classes down to the Art Room. A professional artist, Eduarda has extensive experience working with children from kindergarten to grade 8. In her classes our students learn fundamental skills of drawing, painting, print making and sculpture.

"I like working with the kids, watching them practice skills and get better at their techniques. As with many things in life, practice is the key to improvement. I make sure the students spend time getting comfortable and familiar with a medium, such as charcoal before moving on to paint".

Apart from working with grade 1-6 classes she is doing one class a week for the daycare children. She also works with the grade 6 students for their graduation project. The big finale of each year is the great showcase of all the student’s artwork each year at Art Night. Eduarda is currently planning this event with teachers and students which is happening on May 17th 2018.

Eduarda has been a member of the Clinton school community for a long time as her three boys all went to Clinton St PS. Eduarda is a professional artist: an oil painter who graduated from The Ontario College of Art and the University of Guelph with a Major in Fine Arts. She does commissions and has been exhibiting her work since the 1980's in Canada and Europe.


News from the Art Room


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.