School Visits

Charlene has led workshops at multiple schools in Qatar since 2013. (She answers to “Ms. Colours” with younger children). Sessions are dynamic and colourful, with an underlying foundation of building visual literacy.

Ages range from small children and their guardians, through to school-aged children, and onto adults.

Visits can be in the form of:
• Illustrator Visit (Lower Elementary, Middle or High school, and Faculty)
• Workshop to enhance IB or AP curriculum
• Artist in Residence

* Current Feature Session *
The picture book, “The Path Towards The Island”
(Written by Shaikha Al Zeyara and published by QM for The National Museum of Qatar)

Local animals and the dessert colours of Qatar are the highlight of Charlene’s recent illustrations in ‘The Path Towards The Island.’ She shares her colourful illustrations through story-telling and illustration activities with children and adults. Additionally, she prompts conversations about children’s creative development.

1 to 1.5 hour sessions for nursery and elementary classes
1.5 hour or longer for middle school, high school, and adults sessions
Please click CONTACT to request information or available dates. 



Teacher-specific Workshops

Charlene has a specific interest in sharing her artistic approaches with teachers via hands-on artistic activities or a group presentation. She brings her expertise in illustration and art to educators to support their creative effort within their own classrooms. Her insight is supported by research in Design Thinking pedagogy, the Reggio Emilia Approach, as well as interviews with an Art Therapist. She welcomes discussions that link diverse disciplines to concepts in creativity.


Observation and documentation:
Integral to Charlene’s teaching is observation. Without looking at the artwork itself, she observes the participants’ comments, the sounds their tools make, their movements, and emotions; all indicators to each person’s individual creative process.



VCU-Q Community Classes

With social distancing regulations, the classes below are currently not offered. 

Charlene has taught community classes at VCUQ since 2013. She couples accessible drawing and painting processes with concepts in art education.

Listed below is the range of adult and children’s classes she has taught in the past.

• Spontaneous Inks, Watercolour & Charcoal
• Digital Illustration
• Illustrated Ideas
• Illustrate Your Children’s Story
• Imagine Your Picture Book Character

For Adults and Educators:
• Creative Development for Adults working with Children
• ‘I Can’t Even Draw a Stickman’

• Art, plus Math & Science––of course! (Ages 7-9, Taught with Keith Reimer)
• Illustrated Ideas (Ages 6-9)
• Expressive Drawing & Painting (Ages 6-9)
• Illustration (High school)



To enquire or arrange a school visit, please click “contact.”