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Magnolia Blooms – Inspired by Mary Delaney

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“People who seem to spring into artistic action were in fact, quietly preparing for years.” – Mary Delaney

Mary Delaney was born in Coulston, Wiltshire, England in the year 1700. Her family was well established and during her youth she studied history, music, needlework and dancing.

At the age of 72 she began her life’s work creating 985 life-size, three-dimensional, scientifically-correct botanical prints now held by the British Museum. She was the first artist to utilize the art of collage.

By placing one piece of paper upon another she sometimes built up several layers and in a complete picture there might be hundreds of pieces to form one plant. It is thought she first dissected each plant so that she might examine it carefully for accurate portrayal. Mary’s works used background paper washed with india ink, then treated with size to make them shiny. She dyed the collage bits herself or found wallpaper remnants and created her mosaics.

We were inspired by spring and the beauty of magnolia’s to create our pieces this week. Students used old gift cards to scrape paint across the watercolour paper to create their backgrounds. Next they drew their branch and used blending techniques with acrylic paint to create their blooms.

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Kingsway College Art Display


Art in Action has been teaching at Kingsway College School since 2013. Above is a recent display of student artwork from our Fall 2015 session. We are honoured to be able to work with the students, teachers and parents of the KCS community.

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Getting Ready for Fall…

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The holidays are over, it’s time to stop staying at home playing videogames and getting elo boost services from Elitist gaming! We are really excited to start the school year and introduce students to our NEW fall program. In this session students will learn about famous artists like Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, Dr. Seuss and many more. We will introduce important principles of art like positive and negative space, warm and cool colours, silhouettes, proportion and many others. Students will experiment and work with: watercolours, acrylics, collage materials, oil pastels, soft pastels and other supplies.

Art in Action will be running fall classes at Humbercrest Public School, Swansea Public School, Lambton Kingsway Junior Middle School, Humber Valley Village Junior Middle School,  and Kingsway College School.

Registration begins on the following dates:

  • Humbercrest – September 21
  • Lambton Kingsway – September 22
  • Swansea – September 23
  • Humber Valley – September 24

PLEASE note that our registration  will open at a NEW time, 7pm.

Please refer to our Registration page for information on session dates for each school. Please contact us at with any questions.

Join Art in Action to make your own unforgettable works of art!

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Swansea Craft Sale – Join Us!

Join us this Saturday, November 22 at the Swansea Craft Sale. We will be hosting the children’s craft area in the big gym and have some great art projects for children of all ages to try. Come for a visit and some creativity from 10 – 3pm at the Swansea School and Community Center.

Our workshop has been filled with snowflakes as we get ready for the event. We hope to see you there!




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Inspired by Fall…

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A new school year has begun and we are very excited to start a brand new session of Art in Action that is inspired by fall.

We will be learning about J.E.H. MacDonald, Grant Wood, Claude Monet, Andy Goldsworthy, perspective, vanishing points and more…

We will be working with: watercolours, acrylic paints, palette knife techniques, collage materials, oil pastels and other supplies.

Sign up dates:

  • Humbercrest Public School – September 22 (7am)
  • Lambton Kingsway – September 23 (7am)
  •  Kingsway College – on going
  •  Swansea Public School – September 25 (7am)

Classes begin the week of October 6th! Register early to avoid disappointment.

To register please click on our Registration tab and fill out our online form. Any questions, please contact us at:

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Art in Action is Expanding to Two New Schools!

We are very happy to announce that we are expanding to two new schools!

Art in Action is very excited to bring our art enrichment program to: Lambton Kingsway Junior Middle School and Kingsway College School.

September always brings a sense of excitement and we can’t wait to meet the students and administration at all of our schools, including Humbercrest Public School and Swansea Public School and get started on our brand new projects!

Our fall program will be entirely focussed on Canadian Artists. We will be learning about the life and career of:

Join us to explore: watercolours, acrylics, collage materials, oil pastels and resist techniques.

Registration begins soon! Please watch for information about how to sign up coming home from school. If you have any questions or require any other information, please contact us @



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Summer Fun

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

– Maya Angelou

I hope you are having a wonderful summer…I know I am. My family and I have been busy with a bit of travel, some time at a cottage and visiting friends. We have been able to do a few art projects too. Take a look at the redesigned water jugs we made for our fall art classes:



We use recycled yogurt containers as our water jugs to wash our brushes as we paint. I like the new, bright colours!

My children were inspired to make their own abstract art gallery on a boring white door….


And of course we have been busy creating new projects for our fall session. Stay tuned to hear more about our spotlight on Canadian Artists!

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