Saturday, April 25, 2015

PUT THE STRIPES ON THE ZEBRA WORKSHOP at Beach School, Piedmont, CA

Last Wednesday I had a delightful visit with two classes of  kindergarteners at Beach School in Piedmont, California. We met in the library where I made a short presentation about my books and my cut paper illustration process and then the children got their chance to be illustrators too as they did the art project “Put the stripes on the zebra.”

The children glued black stripes on pre-cut zebra silhouettes and then put their zebras on backgrounds of blue and green paper. Then they added their own cut-out objects–suns, clouds, and even volcanoes. I am always amazed how each piece of art is unique even though all the children start with the same materials. The project is inspired by my book A Zebra's World , one of four new titles in the Series Caroline Arnold's Black and White Animals.

At the end of the visit the children had a chance to check out books and to watch a short slide presentation of i-pad photos showing them in the process of doing the project. I thank librarian Robin Ludmer for inviting me to Beach and for organizing my visit so well. I also am thankful to the parents who helped. It was a very successful morning!


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