Each child gets to experience creating their own character using the same materials and techniques that I use when I illustrate my books. I start with an introduction, read the children my book, then explain how I went about creating the characters. I then ask each child to write down an action word, a describing word, and a noun. Starting with these three words, the children then begin to create their own character, starting out with basic shapes. The I demonstrate ways to bring a character to life using setting, movement and expression during the drawing stage, and demonstrate watercolor technique during the painting stage. I give individual instruction along the way. To further enhance the entire experience, prior to my residency, students will have the opportunity to purchase my books directly from the publisher. This will enable the students and their families to read the books before meeting the illustrator.
Grade Level(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Curriculum: Reading, Music, Art, Creative Writing
Residency Length: 1 day
Material Fee: $1.00 / student
Medium: watercolor, pencil
Category: Drawing & Painting
Artist(s): Lee Harper