Ninja Fun at East Haddam Elementary

I had a lovely author visit at East Haddam Elementary!

Students make wonderful ninja collages.

Students make wonderful ninja collages.

Students (and me) pose with their ninja collages.

Students (and me) pose with their ninja collages.

I did two large group presentations, made LOTS of collage ninjas, read Monkey Ono to the pre-schoolers and convinced them that I traveled to their school via the toilet. It was a wonderful day at a wonderful school and the students could not have been more charming, polite, and excited about my books or my visit. THANK YOU to Mrs. Phillips, the media specialist there, and the PTO for organizing and funding my trip!

Selections from The Color Series

I recently did a collage series to hang in the children’s department of the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford, CT.  It’s a color series, and each color has an animal representative.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Blue Cat at Sea, collage and watercolor

Blue Cat at Sea, collage and watercolor

Green Frog Waiting, collage and watercolor

Green Frog Waiting, collage and watercolor

Orange Fox Dancing, collage and watercolor

Orange Fox Dancing, collage and watercolor

Red Rabbit a.k.a. My Bunny Valentine, collage and watercolor

Red Rabbit a.k.a. My Bunny Valentine, collage and watercolor

JUMP (again)

This story has changed a lot since I first started working on it.  Here are some recent illustrations that have already been removed from the story – but I still like them.

JumpDuckworks

Bunni makes her way out of the Duckworks Factory.

JumpToads

Bunni is dropped into a pond with very strange creatures.

Writers Workshop at Webster Hill

Webster Hill Writing Workshop
I enjoyed a fun, FULL day at Webster Hill Elementary School today (the first of a three-day Artist-in-Residence Program.)  I talked to the whole school about developing a story idea from the very basics to a full outline with a main character, goal, and obstacle – and a beginning, middle, and end.  Then I got to put those techniques into practice with three fourth grade classes.  In between, I worked in reading-time with the pre-kindergartners (who were SO SWEET) and a drawing lesson with one of the first grade classes.  They drew AMAZING Monkey Ono’s!  I can’t wait to go back and have more fun tomorrow!  Thanks so much to the PTO at Webster Hill who raises money for my visit!  You guys rock!

Monkey Ono Portrait