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About MeI am retired from the Vancouver School Board where I was the Illustration Artist and one of two graphic designers in Media Services for fifteen years. I love + read more to make art with children in kindergarten to grade three. I began to write stories again when I retired, and I hope to someday see them published as picture books. I have also been working on a middle-grade novel. I was on the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable executive for twenty years and was the Membership Coordinator for CWILL BC from 2013 to 2019.
Although my two picture books are out of print, the stories are still loved by children. One is about soccer and the other book is about the loss of a family pet. I always have my well-worn copies to read and if there's an afternoon when you'd like me to visit, get in touch!

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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 am a grandmother now, but I still make art with children and present to children from time to time. If you invite me to your school I will read Albert's Old + read more Shoes or Gynn, and then, I will draw pigs or guinea pigs with pastels. I always love to see the enthusiasm for writing stories and making art after each story presentation. My work fits grades K through grade three. I can order paperback copies of Albert's Old Shoes from Fitzhenry and Whiteside if this is desired.


A library setting works best for K's to Grade Three. No more than 60 students at one presentation, please. Sessions are about 1 hour.

Please note: The testimonials below relate to my activities as an Artist In Residence for the VSB. The AIR program was canceled in 2017. Show Less


    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Lower Mainland

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Grades K-3

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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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