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About MeI spend a lot of time on my computer at home making digital art and writing picture book ideas these days. My little dog keeps me up and about from time to + read more time and we both know the neighborhood lawns and sidewalks pretty well. I recently went back to work but this time I am what my elderly Irish cousin John calls the lolly pop lady on the school ground of a local school. I help kids stay safe and I open yogurt bottle caps for them as well as bananas while watching them slop around in deep puddles when it rains and I intervene if things get too crazy when they kick soccer balls around the playing field. Show Less

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    Literature Types
  • Picture Books

Published WorksAlbert's Old Shoes by Stephen Muir illustrated by Mary Jane Muir

Paperback copies available - order through Kidsbooks from Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Gynn written and illustrated by Mary Jane Muir




Speaking InformationI would love to visit your school to present Albert's Old Shoes to students from Kindergarten to grade four. I will use pastels or markers to show how much fun + read more it is to draw characters for a story. Children from Kindergarten to grade four continue to enjoy this book.

Gynn, is about a family guinea pig. I am always happy to present the story while encouraging children to write and illustrate their own stories.Ks to grade fours are the perfect audience for Albert's Old Shoes and Gynn.

A library setting works best for K's to Grade Four. No more than 60 students at one presentation please. Sessions are about 45 minutes with Ks and up to 60 minutes per session with Grades 1 to 4.

Please note: The testimonials below relate to my more recent activities as an artist in residence and relating to an iPad animation project with grade fours. Show Less


    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Lower Mainland

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-6

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TestimonialsI am recommending Mary Jane because I know that she would enhance any fine arts curriculum and move + read more children to bring out their own creativity.
Peggy Bochun, Coordinator, District Fine Arts Vancouver Board of Education
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Mary Jane was an excellent artist in residence in our Kindergarten class. Mary Jane always came + read more prepared with ideas and materials and created lessons that were creative and engaging for all students. My students looked forward to working with her on art projects that were fun and imaginative. I hope to work with her one day again.
Eva McIntyre Show Less
My Kindergarten and Grade 1 students had a wonderful time with Mary Jane, painting seahorses, fish, + read more and other marine life, they learned to experiment with colour, brushstrokes, line, and shape. They were truly enchanted by the experience of cutting out flowers, plants, insects, and birds to make a magical garden mural. The rest of the school was amazed by their creations! I would definitely recommend Mary Jane as an artist in residence.
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