Some kids absolutely love the freedom of playing with line, shape, and color without trying to make their art look like something realistic. Others may have a hard time letting go of the concrete, or of ways of drawing familiar shapes like hearts or stars that they have been taught.
This free, downloadable class introduces kids to some famous abstract artists, and to some of the basic elements of design: line, shape, and color. It includes a game and a simple, name-based painting project that makes abstract art and color theory accessible to elementary age kids (or preschoolers with a bit of help from an adult)
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Meet the OG Maker Alexander Calder and make your own circus or theater from craft supplies you find in your house! This free, downloadable/printable class is designed to be done semi-independently by kids. Adults may need to help set up the makerspace and be on hand if kids need help with the trickier parts of assembly, but kids under 10 should be able to do much of the project independently.
Download or print this offline class for free. Please credit my work and link to it here if you share.
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If your house is anything like mine, there is a lot of screen time going on right now. Screens for school, screens for work, screens for fun, screens because you are stuck inside while it is sleeting in April and there is nowhere to go. I wanted to share some ideas with you that I've created over years of teaching art to kids for ways to unplug and tap into the creative process. All of us can use these - even myself! After long days of working on digital illustration I can feel disconnected from the world. Some hands-on crafting reconnects me to the playful side of art making.
I've chosen to create these in pdf form instead of making a video because I feel overwhelmed by all of the (fantastic) educational videos and online events being created right now. Sometimes what we all need is to slow down, unplug, and do a home scavenger hunt through our recycling.
Feel free to download or print this first "class." Please credit my work and link to it here if you share.
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In honor of World Poetry Day - check out the cover of NO VOICE TO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY on Here Wee Read!
Written by Christine McDonnell, and illustrated by myself, WHEN THE BABIES CAME TO STAY is coming March 24 from Viking. Here are some advance reviews of the book:
"Charming pastel illustrations, which are digitally painted, vary from vignettes to single pages and spreads, revealing the cozy living arrangements. Life above the library, sleeping in cribs made from lobster traps, and learning about all the wonders of the island combine to create an idyllic childhood. VERDICT This delightful tale is the embodiment of the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
–Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI School Library Journal
"This is a lovely story about family and about a community that welcomes in four little babies in need of a home. The soft illustrations are a perfect match for the gentle text -this will be a wonderful story to snuggle up with and share with little ones."
- Sandy Scott at Galaxy Bookshop
“An absolutely charming and timely story about the power of community, accepting those who need help, building the family you need, and welcoming new people into our lives regardless of where they came from or how they got there. Combined with beautiful illustrations, WHEN THE BABIES CAME TO STAY will make a powerful addition to any storytime this spring.”
- Beth Seufer Buss from Bookmarks
22nd Annual Open Studios 2019
215 Shady Lea Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Saturday, December 7th, 2019 11am - 5pm*
Sunday, December 8th, 2019 11am - 5pm
*I will be there signing copies of LOVE, MAMA and selling prints alongside my daughter on Saturday, December 7, 11-5
Saturday, December 14th, 2019
Sunday, December 15h, 2019
The historic Shady Lea Mill, situated on the scenic Mattatuxet River in North Kingstown, houses over 40 artists and artisans working in various media. On Saturday and Sunday December 7 and 8 from 11 to 5pm, The Shady Lea Mill will host its 22nd annual Open Studios for each artisan to showcase his/her skills. Just in time for holiday shopping, some of Rhode Island’s many talented residents open their doors to the public and offer a wide array of hand made local gifts. Featured will be one of a kind pottery, sculpture, weaving, fine arts, mixed media, glass blowing and fusing, beautiful work in metals and jewelry design.
I had the privilege of chatting with Corrina Allen on All the Wonders This Week about new releases in picture books and graphic novels, what we've been reading, and thoughts on books that make us hungry and soft censorship in schools.
Bibliography for The State of the Bookshelf for LGBTQ-Positive Picture Books - KidLitCon 2019
Moderator: Jeanette Bradley