A reading list

Books and scientific articles about or inspired by children’s drawings are few and far between. In our blog, we pointed to a variety of them over the past three years. We have prepared a list of selected works for quick consultation. Take a moment to pick your favorite ones and share the information with your friends or colleagues.

We welcome your reading suggestions, for the benefit of all who care about our conservation mandate. Conservation and conversation are made for one another.

Reading glasses. Photo: Mari Helin-Tuominen. Source: wikimedia.com, 26 September 2021.

Spotlight on our volunteers

We would like to express our gratitude to Andrea Kaus for helping us in setting up and maintaining our YouTube channel for the past year. Andrea’s passion for video producing and editing is such a positive contribution to our Collection. She mapped out video series and story boards, designed the animated visual signature and edited each video. Andrea holds a diploma in Multimedia Development and Design from Humber College (Toronto).

We all remember how eerie the first wave and lockdown of the COVID-19 were. Everyone was coping with great uncertainty and adaptation during very emotional time. With a toddler at home, that is when Andrea reached out and made a commitment to CDIC. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

You have suggestions for new videos? You kept your childhood art for years? Andrea welcomes your suggestions.

Andrea Kaus, 2020. Source: Andrea Kaus.

News from @macairesmuse

Like thousands of people around the world, we discovered and followed their creative journey, when the first global lockdown hit home. Macaire’s chalk art on the family driveway brought solace to so many. Camden, her younger brother and muse made sure we identified to each lively scene of imaginary travel. The siblings had initially planned 100 “frescos”, but the series kept growing. Last spring they published not one, but two books. The second book is titled Cam and Hopper travel the world. It includes fewer images than the first, but they are more polished. That is because Macaire sort of brought the driveway indoor in order to spend more time on each drawing. The process still ended with the photo session outdoor. Macaire also added poetry to her toolbox and a haiku poem matches each image.

Macaire and Camden took some time off their busy back-to-school schedule, and told us a bit about an important drawing on paper. Macaire made it when she was Camden’s age. It portrays both of them side by side under a swirly rainbow. It was a family favorite, got framed and preserved to this day. Last year, it inspired an enlarged chalk version, became the 101st celebratory work and made it in the first book. Two words for these two: BRAVO and THANKS.

Interview with Mattia Biagi

While travelling in Hawaii, Los Angeles based Mattia Biagi took a few minutes to share with us the story of a water color circus horse, which he painted when he was a young adolescent. He makes sure to thank his grand mother for keeping this image safe for all those years.

As artist, designer and consultant, Mattia shows much enthusiasm for CDIC’s mission. There is a constant preoccupation with memory in Mattia’s creative process. See his poignant “tar art” and feel the weight of time. Dark times that his art brightens.

Interview with Lisa Anne Auerbach

Los Angeles based artist and art teacher Lisa Anne Auerbach, met with us online recently. She candidly talks about a puppet that she made in 1976. Watch her while she shares how her “presidential” puppet came to be, as well as some of her childhood images.

We thank her for sending an uplifting message about keeping children’s art alive. Lisa Anne’s current art will make up her upcoming solo exhibition, Spring 2022, at Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Vermont.

Do you also have objects that you made as a child? Share your story with us. We are one click away.

In memory of Françoise Roy

We are saddened by the passing of Françoise Roy (1924-2021), in La Pocatière, Québec. She embraced life and will be missed by all who knew her. Françoise had a long successful teaching and family counseling career. She was a pioneer in applying the Goodenough (draw-a-person) test, when helping children and their families. Françoise had been an early inspiration in creating our Collection. Her insights will continue to inspires us always. As a modest tribute to her, below is a drawing, published for the first time, by a child she had assisted. We can see her own handwriting notes, taken just after conversing with the child.

My family, c1982. Source: CDIC-CIDE, fonds Françoise Roy.

International Archives Week 2021

The International Council of Archives is holding its annual international awareness campaign this week, and celebrating International Archives Day on June 9th. The timing and this year’s theme “Empowering Archives” suit us perfectly, as we are participating in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge this month, as well as launching our own annual campaign starting on International Archives Day.

We urge you to make a donation, so that we can continue to grow and get fully prepared for the post-pandemic. Make sure to visit the multilingual online activities presented by the ICA between June 7-11th, International Archives Week#IAW2021. We cannot stress enough that each and everyone of us can play a part in the preservation family and professional archives, for the benefit of future generations.

International Archives Week banner. Source: ICA.org, 6 June 2021.

Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Throughout the month of June, our organization takes part in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. This country wide campaign is facilitated by our fundraising partner CanadaHelps, who will award a substantial prize to one of the participating charities. Your donation can make a huge difference for us. Please visit our online Donation Form and help us grow, thrive and save as many artefacts as possible from oblivion.

Children’s Design International Collection is an educational archives that focuses on children’s drawings and expression. Through our Collection, Conservation and Education programs, we aim to foster understanding of how children see themselves and the world. Please make a donation today.

Great Canadian Giving Challenge, 2021. Source: CanadaHelps.

Celebrating all volunteers

The year 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the the first International Year of Volunteers. As a member of Volunteer Canada, our Collection joins thousands of organizations in celebrating the National Volunteer Week and expressing our appreciation for volunteers who help our organization thrive. Thumbs up to all volunteers from every generations around the globe!

Along with other initiatives, Volunteer Canada had the superb idea to include a coloring activity in its celebration kit. Share your enthusiasm about volunteering with the younger generation and make it culturally relevant, as it should be. You can also come up with your own illustration about volunteering. Please share it with us!

The value of one, the power of many. Source: Volunteer Canada, 18 April 2021.

CDIC welcomes new directors

Our organization is pleased to announce that three new directors have joined us. Dilshani Ranaraja, Maya Grubisic and Terri Register bring with them an array of skills and a common enthusiasm for our mission. They bring their respective expertise that will help the Collection to continue its steady growth and initiate much needed partnerships and continue database development. Welcome Dilshani, Maya and Terri!

CDIC promptly adopted its structuring policies, in its very first year of activities. Our volunteer program is already two years. We cannot thank enough our founding members, Alain, Andrée and Liliane for taking the leap in 2018 and leaving their indelible mark on CDIC.

Two Suns, detail, c1974. By Léo. Source: CDIC-CIDE.org.