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I have a Masters in Teaching and have
taught to all ages: preschool, elementary, middle, high school, and college students,
as well as enrichment courses for adults.
I taught art in secondary public schools,
elementary school teachers through
the Masters education program at
Lewis & Clark College, as an adjunct
professor at Pratt Institute in the Communication Design Department,
and at the New York Center for Books
Arts. I've been a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at numerous
conferences, inservice days, and library
camps for teachers, librarians, and other aspiring children's book writers and
illustrators. I have served on illustrator
award juries, coordinated illustration
exhibits and panel discussions
for illustrators.

plan a program


school visits

Presentations can include any combination
of the following:

• A hands on look at different steps of
the publishing process: From manuscript acquisition, through editing, illustrating, printing, and publishing. I have worked
in children's book publishing for 25 years,
both in-house at many NYC publishers
and as a freelance art director, designer, illustrator for other publishers. I will share:
early manuscripts, editorial notes, sketches,
book dummies with notes, progressive
separated four-color printer proofs, press
sheets, and folded and gathered unbound
proofs—all which demonstrate the many steps
of making a book.

• A classroom art project related to a specific title.

• Artist/group illustration exercise where students create a character, setting, and plot.

• Powerpoint presentation about my working process, including research, writing and illustrating.
I examine the inspirations, struggles, and choices I make for different books. See my YouTube video interview about the creation of The East-West House: Noguchi's Childhood in Japan.

Programs are 45 minutes to one hour. Presentations are modified according to the age range and size of the group. I prefer groups of 50 or less for a personal hands-on experience with the many materials I bring.

staff developmentSCBWI

Workshop themes include:
Visual Literacy & Multicultural Picture Books
Collaborative Writing & Illustration Projects

Contact Christy a for fee schedule and transportation arrangements.