Sue Todd

Sue Todd

Toronto, ON

Sue Todd graduated from the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU) and plunged into the world of retail advertising. After ten years she said, “Enough already! I want to do something fun and creative!” Sue returned to her kindergarten roots as a potato carver and took up linoleum cutting with a vengeance! Twenty years later, Sue has carved enough linoleum to tile most of North America and she continues to create whimsical linocut illustrations for adult and children’s publishers, magazines and more. Her scanned linoleum prints are coloured in Photoshop, the perfect marriage of analog and digital technologies. Sue is an award-winning illustrator who loves translating words into pictures. She is presently writing and illustrating her first graphic novel, and painting portraits in oils. Just for fun!

Sue is available for workshops in the Toronto area.

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Fun with Printmaking

I am available for workshops in the Toronto area.

My presentation walks students through my process of creating a picture book, from initial sketches, dummy and comprehensive roughs to the final art stage. I  demonstrate my lino carving technique, followed by an activity for the children. I will bring the tools necessary for my personal demonstration. Lino carving is too dangerous for younger children but I do provide several pre-made lino stamps that the children can stamp with. The school staff will need to provide large non-toxic stamp pads, plain paper, and colouring tools. Older children can make their own linoleum carvings at the discretion of school staff. Staff will need to provide linoleum, ink, rollers and paper. I can provide an estimate of material costs and suppliers, upon request. If you wish to avoid having students engage in carving, older children may try printmaking using water based ink and rollers, or they can make their own picture book dummies. I adapt the activity to the age of the students.

My presentations are built around two books:

1. For JK to Grade 2, I take the children on An African Alphabet safari.

2. For Grades 3 to 8, I give an illustrated synopsis of Tomson Highway’s play, The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito.

Both presentations are followed by a demonstration and activity, as described above.

Maximum number of students per session: 30 (can conduct two 30 minute sessions to keep audience under 30)

Grade levels: JK to Grade 8

Preferred venue: classroom or library. I require access to water for cleaning tools.



Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Junior kindergarten, Senior kindergarten, Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8)

Fees: $200 for one 45 to 60 minute session, $375 for two sessions, $525 for three sessions and $650 for four sessions