Deirdre Potash

>Deirdre Potash

Deirdre Potash ArtWill Studio

Specialities: Collage, Comics, Drawing, Graphic Novels, Mask-making, Murals, Nature-focused art, Outdoor Art-making, Painting, Printmaking, Pop-up books, Puppetry, Recycling/upcylcing art projects, Sculpture, Storytelling, Zines

Contact Info

Email address
Website address
Resides in
Lester B. Pearson

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Experience working with

  • Early childhood
  • Cycle 1 Elementary
  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5
  • Senior Citizens

Lifelong Learners

  • Adult Learners

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Citizenship and Community Life (Identity & Belonging)

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • No

I have experience working with

  • ArtsSmarts
  • ELAN’s ACE Initiative
  • DAREarts and LEAD

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes

School board areas you are available to work in

  • Central Quebec - Quebec City & Environs
  • Central Quebec - Rural/Regional Schools
  • Cree School Board
  • Eastern Shores - Gaspe/Coast
  • Eastern Shores - Lower St. Lawrence
  • Eastern Shores - Magdalen Islands
  • Eastern Townships
  • English Montreal
  • Kativik School Board
  • Lester B Pearson - outside Montreal transportation areas (STM)
  • Lester B Pearson - within public transit area
  • Littoral - Lower North Shore
  • New Frontiers - Chateauguay
  • New Frontiers - Chateauguay Valley
  • Riverside
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Lanaudiere
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Laval
  • Western Quebec - Northern area
  • Western Quebec - Southern area (Hull, Wakefield etc)


  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
One of the most important things I’ve learned over thirty years of teaching is that being a great educator of the Fine Arts encompasses so much more than just teaching the basic skills of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and design. Yes, we need to understand and experiment with the fundamentals, while learning about perspective and composition through observation. Students will look, think critically, and discover. But more importantly Art Feels Good

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

Virtual Teaching is great.
So far I have delivered workshops, based on materials around your home, what can you do with a pencil?, recycled art, doodles, mandalas for relaxation, clay sculpture, painting, oil pastel, dry pastel, art journaling, printmaking, metal embossing, Some schools and community groups want a way for participants to be in the company of others and to relax while others want to enhance in class learning.

Have an idea, let's collaborate!

Learning is not a passive process. I awaken minds by encouraging discussion, questions, performance and the imagination. There is more to be learned by doing than by watching. It is through discovery on manipulating materials and techniques that the student truly learns. Finally, finished works need to be displayed, shared, and celebrated.

I want to have a lasting impact on my students. I want them to acquire techniques and an openness that they will be able to apply to other disciplines and to their lives.


Steve Assoe
Steve Assoe