Invite Joan to your school

Joan Hug-Valeriote Joan Hug-Valeriote, M.Ed.,OCT
Quilt-maker, Fibre Artist,
Visiting Artist in Education 2013-2014

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 part of the artist’s fee so that the cost to the school is only $50 per day, plus materials. The artist must spend 20-25 hours in the school. It can be 5 days in a row, or one or two days a week. There is a separate application process for longer projects.

Joan Hug-Valeriote, a retired teacher and a quilt-artist, has been making bed-quilts and art-quilts for over 30 years and has received her seventh grant to lead quilting workshops in schools in Ontario during the 2013-2014 school year.

Her programs will complete or complement your curriculum in Visual Arts, Math, Social Sciences and Language. Shorter, unsubsidized programs can be “tailor-made” for your class if desired. Joan lives in Guelph and will travel to surrounding areas.

Her workshops integrate Social Studies and Math with hand-sewing and colour theory. Students make their own pillow and participate in producing a “Linus” or community quilt, often from recycled clothing and materials. They learn about quilts in pioneer times and about modern-day art-quilts.

They create “paper quilts” that use differences in colour and value to produce optical illusions. They learn about the role quilts played as signals in the Underground Railroad and they go on a web-quest and learn about the needlework traditions of Canada’s immigrant and First Nations peoples, as seen in the “Quilt of Belonging”.

They critique their favourite quilt, from among the works of modern Canadian and American fibre artists. They learn how quilts have stories to tell and they tell the stories of their own quilts, as they learn how to practice and appreciate the art of quilting.

Joan has experience teaching quilting from Gr. 3 to Gr. 8 as well as adults, including teachers. Surprisingly, Grades 5 and 6 seem to be the most enthusiastic, especially the boys!

If you’re interested in having your class experience quilt-making, please contact me at (519) 836-9388 or email me at See what other classes have done by visiting my website at and visit the Workshop Section of her website.

All my subsidized weeks for the 2013-2014 school year have been filled. I would be happy to discuss working out a non-subsidized project with you for your class, or if you are interested in booking me for the 2014-2015 school year, please contact me so that I can put you on a waiting list for 2014-2015.