genevieve_despresGeneviève Després completed a degree in Industrial Design at the Université de Montréal, but decided instead to pursue her first passion: drawing.

She turned to illustration, and worked in the fields of educational publishing, advertising, editorial, and children’s literature. She then spent a few years in Europe, where she gave birth to her second child and looks for inspiration and explores different techniques. Since September 2006, the bulk of her work has consisted in illustrating children’s books for the largest publishing houses in Quebec & Canada.

The artist employs a variety of techniques and plays with texture and the transparency of different mediums to create unique images. Tender and whimsical, they appeal to the child within us all.

Geneviève now lives in Saint-Lambert on the south shore of Montreal with her family.


Workshops vary from 45 to 60 minutes depending on duration of lesson/ library period and the age of the children. It is preferable that there are a maximum of 30 children participating in each workshop and that they are all in the same school year. Smaller groups have more fun! To optimize the experience, it is recommended to read two or more books by the illustrator prior to the activity.


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