Thursday, May 27, 2010

Masking It

As my residency at Waxter draws to an end, I allowed youth the chance to paint one more time. They created  3D masks from heavy card stock and used cut paper to form features.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Building Books, One Page At a Time

Elementary school students in Prince George's County, Maryland hold books that they created as part of  the county's Write-A-Book competition. Students competed with others in their grade level and genre (picture book, illustrated fiction, poetry, non-fiction) and each participant received a certificate and a medal.

I gave two presentations that day at their school in Bowie. I discussed the art of illustrating and writing children's books and demonstrated several paper decorating techniques used in the creation of my books. My captive audience of 2nd through 5th graders were especially attentive, given that they just recently participated in the competition and were eager to share their books with me. I was impressed by their discipline and the attention they paid to detail in their creations.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Look At The Spring In Me

Youth at Waxter created collage portraits from cut paper. It's interesting how each girl's portrait utilized color, shape and line differently to make a unique statement about themselves and their connection with nature.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Youth at Waxter Detention Center created awesome paintings today using simple overlapping geometric shapes. If they had a choice the girls would paint at every session.