What is ARTsmart?

CONTACTS AT ARTsmart FOR 2018/19

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


Next ARTsmart meetings
March 21 at 6pm

Art Night - May16, 2019

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 Amanda Wyman. 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:


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.