Lorna Bennett attended the Fine Arts/Arts programs at Grant MacEwan College and The University of Alberta. After working full time as a designer/illustrator for many years, Lorna became a full-time freelance illustrator in 1998 and began to illustrate trade picture books, greeting cards, novel covers, as well as nonfiction, technical illustration, other language books and cookbooks. Lorna has worked as a writer and as an animator in traditional and digital animation with an Edmonton multimedia group; projects include work for the National Film Board and Royal Provincial Museumís Wild Alberta permanent exhibit multimedia. Lorna has held solo exhibitions of original oil paintings at the Art Gallery of Alberta (formerly the Edmonton Art Gallery), the Royal Alberta Museum, and major libraries in Edmonton and Calgary.
Since 2001 Lorna has travelled in Canada giving illustrator presentations.
Some of the tours and presentation locations are:
The 2008 CCBC TD Bookweek tour to Ontario
The Young Alberta Book Society Taleblazers Tour since 2002
The Highlands Young Writers Conference
The Foothills Young Readers Conference
The St. Mary’s Young Readers Conference
The Weaving Words Literary Conference, 2007
All of The Suncor Wordpower Northern Tours
The Peace River Library System Tours
The Royal Alberta Museum’s Robert Bateman Art Contest Launches and Wild Alberta educational art sessions
The Art Gallery of Alberta’s Children’s Gallery art Sessions
The U of A, The U of L, GMC and other colleges presenting to students
Hundreds of schools, engaging grades k – 12
Various Literary Roundtables, keynotes and presenting
Since early 2006 Lorna has worked as a permanent part-time staff Artist on the Wards at the University of Alberta Hospital, teaching creative sessions for hospital staff, training and supervising volunteers, facilitating permanent art installation projects, painting murals, and facilitating art at the bedside with critically ill patients.
Selection of Illustrated Publications
Coming in 2010: L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet, written by Linda Aksomitis. Michigan:
Sleeping Bear Press, distributed by H.B. Fenn, 2010. www.sleepingbearpress.com
True Story, written by Marty Chan. Edmonton: Ink Jockey/Thistledown Press, distributed by Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2009. www.martychan.com
M is for Mountie: An RCMP Alphabet, written by Polly Horvath. Michigan:
Sleeping Bear Press, distributed by H.B. Fenn, 2008. www.sleepingbearpress.com
Hockey Trivia II, written by Eric Zweig. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2008.
Hockey Trivia I, written by Eric Zweig. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2006.
C is for Chinook: An Alberta Alphabet, written by Dawn Welykochy. Michigan:
Sleeping Bear Press, distributed by H.B. Fenn, 2004. www.sleepingbearpress.com
Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Zodiac, written by Joan Marie Galat. Vancouver: Whitecap, 2008. www.whitecap.ca
Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Moon, written by Joan Marie Galat. Vancouver: Whitecap, 2004. www.whitecap.ca
Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories in the Planets, written by Joan Marie Galat. Vancouver: Whitecap, 2003. www.whitecap.ca
Sandwiches for Duke, written by Judy Ann Sadler. Toronto: Stoddart Kids, 2001. www.fitzhenry.ca
Life's on Fire Cookbook Series, written by Sandi Richard. Cochrane: Cooking for
the Rushed Publishing, 1999 - 2002. www.cookingfortherushed.com
Early Civilizations & Ancient Cultures Textbooks. Edmonton: Duval House Publishing, grade 4/5, Ontario School System, 2001/2002. www.duvalhouse.com/eindex.html
Cheki, Wahiyaw, Misikitiw, Apisesiw: Opposites in Cree, written by Anne Anderson. www.duvalhouse.com/eindex.html
Edmonton: Duval House Publishing, 2001. www.duvalhouse.com/eindex.html
Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Zodiac, won The Moonbeam Gold Medal Award.
Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Moon, won The R. Ross Annett Children's Picture Book Award at the 2005 Alberta Book Awards.
C is for Chinook: An Alberta Alphabet, shortlisted for the 2005 The Rocky Mountain Book Award.
Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Planets, shortlisted for The 2003 Rocky Mountain Book Award.
Early Civilizations, won The Ontario Educational Book Award, 2003.
Sandwiches for Duke, on notable list for the 2001 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Medal.
Reviews & Praise
"Lorna’s work with the students was amazing — engaging and inspiring. Her message is so important for many of our visual students today, especially those who are at-risk and inner city. All students, even those who at the beginning did not feel that they were artistic, experienced success - they created images they never knew they could draw. Time flew by, and at the end, students and teachers didn’t even realize it was over as it seemed that it had just begun. I highly recommend Lorna Bennett as someone with a natural ability to connect with people through art."
~ Arlene Lipkewich, teacher-librarian, Westmount School
Our students had a wonderful time and my teachers thought you were amazing, (I had already told them that but I guess they just had to be there). We are very excited about your upcoming books and would love to have you back again next year. Thank you for adding to our children’s life experience.
They greatly treasured the time they had with you.
~ Dr Gail Brierley, Principal, OliverSchool, Edmonton
Our kids have raved about you all week! What a hit! Thanks again for your presentations!
~ Carol Swanson, Librarian, Milk River Elementary School
I didn't know I could draw that well! (Noah)
I think she’s a good artist, the art work she got us to draw made me feel happy (Mikeal)
I like how she went step by step for drawing (Alaska)
When I grow up I want to draw like her (Jackson)
Miss Bennett made me feel excited about drawing (Alaska)
Miss Bennett had a lot of books that she illustrated that I found interesting (Owen)
She had to draw very quickly for cartoons. It was fun (Noah)
I was really impressed with her pictures (Noah)
I like how she shaded in the shadow spots (Nathan B.)
Miss Bennett was the best illustrator I have ever seen (Owen). ~ Mrs. Case’s Grade 3 class, EastView Public School, Ontario
"Lorna’s sessions are popular with both students and staff. Students are engaged, they have fun and the time flies; her sessions have been an excellent addition to our conference over the last five years." —Ailwen Boulet, Highlands Young Readers Conference
"Lorna Bennett created an enthusiasm and excitement among the students and staff. Her presentations were equally engaging for the older grades. She is energetic and enthusiastic about her craft and conveys this to the students. Students gave her excellent evaluations:
“Great energy and awesome at drawing”.
“I had a fun time drawing pictures and learning new techniques to do so.”
“I loved it. It was my favorite because she had so much expression.”
“I loved it! It was awesome. I wish it could've been longer, it was too short.”
~ Mary Donaldson, Foothills Young Authors Conference, Big Rock School
"I found Lorna’s presentation and display to be both useful and amusing to her young audience. I found the experience stimulating, engaging and thoughtful, as did the students. She welcomed and focused discussion from the students throughout, and made them feel like vital participants in the presentation. Students felt comfortable and creative with the drawing activity and followed up with lively, to-the-point questions. The students enjoyed Lorna’s energy, humour and focus on participation. I especially enjoyed that Lorna went beyond presenting her own work to showing a process balancing storytelling and art that students could identify with, and in which they could participate. I highly recommend her as artist, author and presenter."
~ Anna Carnell, teacher/artist, Black Diamond, Alberta