This is a bit different than the kind of graphic recording I've done before! But no less inspiring. I am still getting a feeling for how graphic recording can be used to draw out the story of a school, and I'm grateful to Ian and his team (and their students!!) for going out on a limb to try this experiment. There's a great energy at the school, with a staff made up of smart, motivated and out-of-the-box-thinking educators. Ian is leading a very cool group of people, and in the words of my Ramsay neighbour Allara (whose work with her little dance company, Three Left Feet, has provided her with years and years of school residency experience - such that I think she knows everybody in the Calgary school system): "Ian is awesome."
And so are these kids! We're going to turn these little sketches into something big and colourful to display at the school. But for now, here are a few glimpses of our conversations.
By the way, Allara doesn't really have anything to do with this project. But she can dance on stilts!! I couldn't resist mentioning that.
Last year, Ian Fero, the principal of Andrew Sibbald School, asked me if I'd do an artist residency at his school, providing graphic recording of the students' comments and activities with the goal of "Making Learning Visible," and reflecting back what students are doing at school every day.
And another note: Who was Andrew Sibbald? Alberta's first schoolteacher, who lived to be 103 years old! Now you know.
I am a graphic recorder based in Calgary. I like local stories. I write comics when I have free time. And I leave eraser shavings everywhere I go.
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Some nice things people said about my work:
“If Breitkreuz and Foong [founders of the Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo] represent the Type-A side of Calgary's self-publishing community, Hester may be the community's right brain.” – Tom Babin, FFWD Magazine
“…A strong graphic style similar to other autobiographically-inclined Canadian cartoonists like Chester Brown and Julie Doucet.” – Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal
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