Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pour Your Art Out - DC

Surrounded by Arts on the Block - Pour your Art Out teen apprentices. 
Invited by Arts on the Block - Pour your ART Out - DC lead artist, Sonal Sheth, I shared my art and books with high school teen apprentices. I talked about my journey as a visual artist and how my career has taken many exciting twists and turns as a visual artist, author/illustrator and graphic artist. 
Apprentices working on a mosaic tile commission.

Arts on the Block in the Washington, DC area offers young people a unique chance to learn directly how art, design and business are linked by getting involved in "real-world projects" over the summer and throughout the school year. Apprentices will showcase their creations at an Exhibition and Reception on Thursday, August 6 at 5:00 pm at Pepco Edison Gallery in Washington, DC. For more information go to 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Picture Books in a Diverse World

Over 150 reading specialists, classroom teachers, school librarians, and school administrators attended the 19th Annual Summer Literacy Institute at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, July 24 and 25. The theme was Real World Literacy. In my presentation Picture Books for a Diverse World I shared how I use picture books in my teaching practice to help students make meaning in an increasingly complex and diverse world. I demonstrated how picture books could be used to help students connect to real world issues. Attendees walked away with a resource list. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Drinking Gourd Map Murals Readied For Festival

We spent the afternoon putting finishing touches on the murals, getting ready for the Festival on Tuesday that will include a reception and a concert by the Nalle All Stars. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bold Butterfly Books

Students at Nalle ES finished their custom butterfly books using papers painted with salt. The bright, bold colors were painted with liquid watercolor. The textured effect was created by sprinkling salt into the wet pigment. The lyrics from Mrs. Cunningham's Butterfly song was written inside. This session marked the last session of 10 in the Kennedy Center custom art residency.