Monday, January 15, 2018


Do you Doodle in Class? Care about Sustainability? The VSB Sustainability Conference wants you!

Do you doodle in class, during meetings? Can't stop drawing if you tried?  We have once again been requested to do youth artist training for youth to draw for other youth at the VSB Sustainability Conference! on Feb 19, 2018. We need to find at least 20 youth artists to draw for their peers.

The first of two co-design youth artist training sessions will take place on  

JAN 31
FEB 13

at Gladstone Secondary School in the staff room 4-6pm
4105 Gladstone Street

We will also warm up on the morning of the conference so you'll be ready to draw for the planning session!  APPLY TO BE AN ARTIST HERE.

What you will learn:

  • Fast visual storytelling techniques that can be used for planning
  • Sketching warm ups
  • Fundamentals of co-design drawing
  • How to draw fearlessly in front of peers
We will take you step by step to draw for the conference!
Ready, set, DRAW!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ecole Pauline Johnson Co-design becomes a landscape!!

We are very grateful for Ecole Pauline Johnson for inviting us to attend their school garden opening.  We were involved with this project at the beginning to engage the students in co-design.  They learned about the ecological web of a west coast ecosystem and their relation to it and then they did co-design drawings which were given to the landscape architect.  The landscape architect created a plan with the student's design input and the new landscape was made collaboratively

Our lesson in Ecology to begin the design process

students learn they are part of an ecological web to begin the design process

the new garden

it is a working wetland

a place of art

we are here with Kyra, a key parent organizer

students wanted a willow tunnel

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Case Studies involving youth and adults Co-designing Communities

Co-design was recently used to involve youth in the the following examples

It was our pleasure to assist the Library in engaging local youth to design the activities, perceptual qualities and typical daily use of the library space.  The four hour co-design included a perceptual site walk, a discussion of ecology and co-design drawing.  This data was added to a questionnaire prepared by the library staff. For West Vancouver Memorial Library, our codesign was just a part of their comprehensive plan for youth engagement  Our Congratulations to Shannon Ozirny and Jenny Benedict for their excellent program of design participation.  

The codesign drawings were shared with the designer and the teen space has many qualities described during the codesign.  The participants wanted a space with abundant light for studying, socializing and hanging out. 

The space was to be a communal living room.  Lighting can be controlled.  Books were to be on the walls.  Compare the drawings with the actual space. The mayor, councillors, library board of directors and all the teens who were involved with the design were in attendance. Co-design artists for this youth engagement: Stanley King, Susan Chung, Drew Ferrari, Khorshid Azad-Naderi.  

co-design drawings were proudly displayed

Gladstone Learning Garden
This codesign project engaged staff and student leaders to collaborate with Freshroots to design a learning garden to be used to train students who live with challenges due to developmental disabilities.  It was our pleasure to include these students in the design process.
When we asked them "What belongs in a city?" They replied "People!!... sunshine....parks!! "
Some photos of our engagement below.  Many thanks to our collaborators, the Vancouver School Board, Gladstone Secondary and

Co-design for 
Youth-led conferences - The VSB Sustainability Conference is an event entirely organized by youth.  Susan assisted on the organizing committee of VSB conferences from 2009 to 2014. Now she supports the conference by offering to train youth artists.  Youth learn about sustainability from one another and from experts.  Then, in the afternoon, they co-design their future school district.  Co-design trained youth artists to facilitate the ideas for their peers. Our Call For Artists asks Do you like to doodle in class? Are you a Grafitti artist? We want you!!

Susan coordinated the artist training for the VSB Sustainability conference involving a team of 18 youth drawing for up to 200 peers

Sunday, October 9, 2016

We'll be drawing at Heather Street Lands Codesign!

Come out and tell us how you wish to live, play, and work on Heather street. Tell us your stories and we will use our felt pens to weave them into a drawing. Drawings will be used as design criteria for future plans.  We are grateful for the City of Vancouver and Canada Lands for hosting and we welcome our youth facilitators and artists helping at this event

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Music In The Park

Susan coordinated a children's co-design art table and two teen artists helped draw at the Music in the Park event.  Stanley and Susan both did some sketching there.
teen drawing of specimen

Teen drawing

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Music in the Park

Susan will coordinate a small teen artist group to help out at Music in the Park. She and Stanley will mentor artists who will be drawing scenes and illustrating the life there.
Information on Music in the Park is here