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Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants
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Barbara Spurll, 416

Illustrator

 

Member profile details

Membership level
Member
First Name
Barbara
Last Name
Spurll
Organization
416
Province or Territory
Ontario
Craft
  • Illustrator
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Professional information

Bio
Born in the UK and raised in Winnipeg, Barbara started life drawing classes at age 16. Several years later she moved to Toronto to pursue her career in art.

After studying fine art at The New School of Art and The Artists’ Workshop and illustration at George Brown College, Barbara launched her own free lance business. Her client list has included The Toronto Star, The Financial Post, Outdoor Canada Magazine, Dogs in Canada Magazine, Macleans, Chatelaine, The National Wildlife Federation, Owl and Chickadee Magazines, KidsCan Press, Scholastic Inc., McDonalds, Purina, Time Inc., Oxford University Press, Sears Canada, Storck, Nabisco and many others.

Barbara has a number of award winning children’s picture books to her credit including Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper!, The Flying Tortoise and Emma’s Eggs.

Her continuing pursuit of new horizons has led Barbara to establish a new alla prima style, specifically for her portrait work.
Available For
School, library and workshop visits-Grades 1 to 3 -Drawing animals and people.
School, library and workshop visits-Grades 4 to 6 -Coming up with better ideas for your pictures. -Communicating better using pictorial symbols. -Creating more dynamic compositions for your pictures. -Drawing techniques and proportions of the body.
Memberships:
Publications
Adult Non-Fiction

Buzzwords
Joseph Henry Press, 2000


Children's Fiction

The Easter Bunny is Missing!
Scholastic Inc., 2007

Theodora Bear
Orca Book Publishers, 2007

Emma at the Fair
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2005

Mooki and the Too Proud Peacock
Zondervan Publishing House, 2002

Mooki the Berry Bandit
Zondervan Publishing House, 2001

Emma's Cold Day
Stoddart Kids, 2001

Emma and the Coyote
Stoddart Kids, 1999

Emma's Eggs
Stoddart Kids, 1996

The Flying Tortoise
Oxford University Press, Clarion Books, 1994

Mustard
Scholastic Canada, 1992

Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper!
Oxford University Press, Clarion Books, 1991


Children's Non-Fiction

I See You in the Jungle
Reader's Digest Children's Books, 2011

I See You in the Ocean
Reader's Digest Children's Books, 2011

I See You on the Farm
Reader's Digest Children's Books, 2011

Marie Curie: A Brilliant Life
Kids Can Press, 2004

The Wright Brothers: A Flying Start
Kids Can Press, 2002

Lucy Maud Montgomery: a writer's life
Kids Can Press, 2001

Alexander Graham Bell: An inventive life
Kids Can Press, 1999
Performances and Exhibitions
CAPIC's Double Vision 2015, exhibition and competition, Arta Gallery, Feb. 23-25th 2015, Winning entry.

Images of Paris at Gallery Hittite, Hittite Gallery, 107 Scollard, Toronto, March 19th to 26th, 2014, Paris_2, 14x 20in., Paris Standing, 18x24in.

CAPIC's Double Vision 2014, exhibition and competition, Arta Gallery, March 4th to 7th, 2014.

CAPIC's Double Vision 2012, exhibition and competition, Toronto Image Works, April 23rd to 30th, 2012, Winning entry.

Blue Spruce Award 10th Anniversary Exhibit - May 1st to May 18th, 2012, York Quay Centre, Emma Running from Boar, original art

Blue Spruce Award 10th Anniversary Exhibit - August 17th to September 3rd , 2012, Canadian National Exhibition, Emma Running from Boar, original art

OCADU’s Whodunit? Gala Preview, Wednesday November 17th, 2010, three 5”x 7 inch watercolour nudes
Awards
CAPIC Double Vision winning entry, 2015

CAPIC Double Vision winning entry, 2012

2007 Chocolate Lily Award Nominee
Category: Picture Book
For: Emma at the Fair

2006 Maxwell Award
Category: Humorous Art
For: Food Fight

2002 Shortlist, Ontario Library Association, Blue Spruce Award, Emma’s Cold Day

2002 Shortlist, Little Saplings Award
For: Emma's Cold Day

2002 Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Our Choice Selection
For: Emma's Cold Day

2002 Shortlist, Shining Willow Award, the Saskatchewan Young Reader's Choice Award, Emma's Cold Day

2001 Shortlist, Mr. Christie Book Award
For: Emma's Cold Day

2000 Shortlist, Tiny Torgi Award
For: Emma and the Coyote

2000 Grand Prize, Ex aequo, Luxcanada
Category: Illustration, Children's Book
For: Emma and the Coyote

1999 Shortlist, Mr. Christie Book Award
For: Emma and the Coyote

1998 Society of Illustrators 40th Annual Exhibition
Category: International
For: Dinosaur in the Jungle

1998 CAPIC Award of Merit
Category: self promotion category
For: Dinosaur in the Jungle

1995 Official Selection, Silver Birch Award
For: The Flying Tortoise

1995 Canadian Children Book Centre Our Choice List
For: The Flying Tortoise

1995 American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists
For: The Flying Tortoise

1995 A Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year
For: The Flying Tortoise

1992 Nominated for the Georgia Reading Association Award
For: Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper!

1992 Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award
For: Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper!

1992 Canadian Children Book Centre Our Choice List
For: Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper!

1974 First prize, Royal Ontario Museum ROMart Poster Competition
Other Memberships
CCBC
CAPIC, Toronto Chapter President
PBAA
 

Member photo albums (1 Album)

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