Charlene Kasdorf

Contributor / Workshop Leader

Charlene Kasdorf is an advocate for visual literacy and builds creative confidence in children and adults. She grew up in central Canada, where her parents owned a small commercial print shop. Her childhood was filled with industrial printing machines, stationery supplies, and box forts built amongst floor-to-ceiling shelves of paper.

With a background in graphic design, illustration, fine art, and international education, Charlene recently earned a master’s with distinction in Museum and Gallery Practice from UCL Qatar (2020). Her thesis explored how ephemeral drawing-creating builds a sense of self, supported by literature research in the neuroscience of sight and memory.

Charlene has lived in Qatar for nearly 10 years, and in that time has collaborated on research-driven picture books with museums, institutions, and publishers. She has taught classes and led numerous workshops on character building. She recently launched a participatory drawing initiative that invites live and instinctive character-drawing (

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