Kate Battle


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Resides in
English Montreal

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Experience working with

  • Early childhood
  • Cycle 1 Elementary
  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2

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

I've received CHSSN Mental Health Initiative training for:

  • Children & Pre-teens

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • Yes

I have experience working with

  • The Visual Arts Centre summer camp; Montreal Children's Library; La Grande Bibliothèque

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes


  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
What can we make with a single sheet of paper? How about a mini book or a pop-up? Since 2003, I’ve enjoyed working with students (around 9,000) helping them explore the magic of paper: from simple creations to long-term projects in which children write, illustrate, and bind their own books or pop-ups. My parallel passion for languages is sometimes incorporated into my own work and the workshops I offer. I’ve had the opportunity to give workshops in cities and villages in QC, BC and Japan.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

The book arts encompass a whole range of book-related creations from pop-ups to star books, mail art, spy books, tetra-tetra-flexagons and modern versions of historical books such as Egyptian scrolls, medieval pocket books, and 18th century harlequinades.
In every workshop I provide structure and guidance but kids do as much of the work as possible. In the case of pop-ups, we often start with a blank pop-up that has been prepared in advance; students simply add the illustrations. After this initial experience, we look at what makes things “pop” and we discuss key paper engineering techniques. Then we go on to create more pop-up structures. All concepts are explained through stories and/or mnemonics. Ideally, there is also time for experimentation.
My book arts projects can involve writing, illustration, design, manual skills, geometry, and the use of authentic tools and equipment. These diverse elements allow each child to connect strongly with at least one aspect of the project.
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