My name is Jenny Panda and I am an artist / author in Milton, Ontario.
If you would like one of my BOOKS or you are interested in my ART
or my Book Talks
please contact me at :
My Book Talks in Schools to introduce my books and artwork
to any size or age of groups of children are FREE !!!
Please visit my BOOK TALKS page on this site.
-have concentrated a great deal on portraits and life drawing of people and animals.
· fine art and puppetry at Westhill College in Birmingham, UK
· life drawing and portraits at Sheridan College in Oakville
· life drawing and fine art at OCAD, Toronto
· printmaking at Wilfred Laurier University , Waterloo
Tales of Glissen (children’s novel) -2nd Edition
-writer and Illustrator
-not just a fairy story about an Ice Witch
and her friends-
but is about finding friends and building character.
Includes great tried and tested creative ideas
(for crafts and writing)
Widzer’s Visit(children’s novel)
-also about finding friends
and how discovering something useful to do
improves life, attitude and behaviour.
In this story, Widzer,
who we met in the first novel,
travels back to his family home
to find that it has disappeared.
Includes great tried and tested
creative ideas as well as ways to improve memory!
On the Road to Bethlehem
(about a lost girl’s experiences
at the annual Christmas pageant
at the Farm Museum in Milton
-Editor of theFASM Cookbook
and Express the Arts (poetry) at the Milton Café
Retired Primary School Teacher (English trained)
(34 years including 16 years
at Martin Street PS in Milton)
Teacher of a series of ARTFUL POETRY workshops at Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre in Oakville, Ontario
for 4-6, 7-11 and 12 to 14 year olds.
(next session will take place during March 2013)
for Book Talks in Schools to introduce Jenny Panda’s books and artwork to groups of children- FREE !!!
Fine Arts Society of Milton website: www.fasm.ca
Trained as a Primary School Teacher in the Midlands of England in the 60s, my focus has always been the Arts. I have studied art in Birmingham, Waterloo, Toronto and Sheridan College in Oakville. During my 34 years of teaching, I constantly worked to encourage spontaneity and motivate creativity in children in England (Birmingham & Hertfordshire) and here in Canada (Oakville & Milton). Now that I have retired from teaching, I am able to concentrate more fully on my own interests: art, literature and poetry.
Delighting in art all my life, especially as a student in the 60s and 70s, I am happy to spend more time now on my own artwork. The work is mostly acrylic paintings, however I also use oils, watercolours and any media at hand. My subjects vary from realistic scenes and pictures to a visual exploration of patterns and shapes. I am fascinated by people and enjoy creating portraits. These I can do from life or from photographs. I have had great success working with old snapshots taken many years ago.
I also enjoy printmaking, especially monotypes using natural materials and water based and oil based paint. My experiments in artwork also involve soft sculpture, puppets, applique and quilting. Collage pictures are also an interest of mine, using all kinds of assorted paraphernalia. Overall, I love to experiment with new ideas and varied media.
In addition to writing my own poems, I used to coordinate Express the Arts, which was a monthly get together where poets and artists from the area gathered and shared their work. We met from 7 to 9:30 pm on the first Friday evening of every month. It was an open microphone for anyone to share or to listen and enjoy. Everyone was welcome to express his or her ideas and talents in a congenial atmosphere. We encouraged the sharing of music and artwork at each session as well as a variety of poems.