School Workshops

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Grade 3 | Grades 6-8

Invite Joan to Your School

Joan Hug-Valeriote is an Ontario Artist, subsidized by the Ontario Arts Council's Artists in Education program.

The Ontario Arts Council sponsors artists to go into the schools to teach their art-form to students of all ages. The Arts Council pays most of the artist’s fee so that the cost to the school is only $250 per week, plus materials. The artist spends 20-25 hours in the school, which can be 5 days in a row, or one or two days a week, Grades 3 to 8.

Joan is a retired teacher and a quilt-artist who has been making bed-quilts and art-quilts for almost 40 years and has received her ninth grant to lead quilting workshops in schools in Ontario during the 2015-2016 school year.

Her programs will complete or complement your curriculum in Visual Arts, Social Sciences, Math and Language. Her workshops integrate hand-sewing and colour theory with literature that deals with topics that not only include the art and craft of quilting, but also bullying and ageing. They learn about the role quilts played in pioneer times and as signals in the Underground Railroad as well as the needlework traditions of Canada’s immigrant and First Nations peoples, as seen in the "Quilt of Belonging".

Students make their own pillow and participate in producing a "Linus" or community quilt, often from recycled clothing and other textiles. They will make and keep their own "needle book", so that they can carry on at home after the program.

If you’re interested in having your class experience quilt-making during the 2015-2016 school year, please contact:

Joan Hug-Valeriote, M.Ed.,OCT, Quilt-maker, Fibre Artist
(519) 836-9388 or email at