Art Lessons is in the voice of Cassie from a seven-year-old to seventeen, when she finally leaves home for art school.  She discovers the transformative power of visual art in herself and on the lives of others. Cassie lives in a family of sports nuts, she's a loner and easily distracted by boyfriends, but in love with trees, her inspiration for drawing, and the process of art-making, which to her feels like floating.  While unlikely teachers of all ages challenge her, her Polish grandmother, Babci, is an intuitive guide on Cassie's path to becoming an artist. Through her own heightened observational skills and awareness of her difference, Cassie is saved by her art, changing as the trees she continues to draw over time.
Besides fiction, Katherine Koller writes for stage, radio and film. Four of her plays are collected in Voices of the Land: The Seed Savers and Other Plays. Winner of the Alberta Playwriting Competition and finalist in the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition, Last Chance Leduc has been presented from Alberta to Aberdeen. Excerpts from Art Lessons have been published in Room, Alberta Views, National Voices and upcoming in the Anthology of Canadian-Polish Writing. A finalist in the Alberta Views Short Story Competition and the inaugural J.W. Bilsland Award for fiction, Katherine is working on a collection of stories, The Lost Art of Second Chances.