A Weekend of Inspiration, Art & Books

A few weekends ago, my school hosted a Children’s Literature Conference. We had amazing authors and illustrators give keynotes and lead workshops. The authors and illustrators that attended were Deborah WilesKadir NelsonLaura Vacarro Seeger and Chris Crutcher. I’m a huge fan of Kadir Nelson’s artwork, especially in the book, A Nation’s Hope! They shared their stories while challenging us to tell our own stories. Not only did I want to buy all these amazing books that these authors wrote and illustrated afterwards, but I was inspired to start writing my story.

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One of the author/illustrators that came was Laura Vacarro Seeger. Her most recent picture book, Green was a Caldecott Honor book this year! She presented her inspiration for her various picture books by sharing her sketches and writer’s notebook. I was amazed at how she took pictures books to a whole new level through her creativity. I especially loved her book Green. Here is an amazing video of her book.

Laura even signed my book and took a photo! I found out later that she actually worked with my students in their art class. In addition to that, I had my students and their book buddies (2nd grade class) do an art activity together based on the book. After reading the book to them, we had the kids come up with their own “green” page in order to create a class book. They thought of a phrase and then drew the artwork to go with it. There were some very creative drawings and phrases from exit green, fast green, grass green, ocean green, funky green, alien green, jewel green and more! Thank you Laura for your inspiration!

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Eric Carle Exhibit & Art Studio

I was so excited to hear that there was an Eric Carle Exhibit here in Seoul! One of the kindergarten classes at my school went there as a field trip. I love his books and especially his illustrations. I had a chance to go with my cousin and her daughter. Soo much fun! Did you know that he has a museum in Amherst, Massachusetts as well? I must check it out, the next times I’m near there.

This art exhibit ends September 9th! So make sure you check it out if you are an Eric Carle fan. This would be a great field trip for lower elementary school classes. However, it’s a bit small, so you should probably make reservations before hand. They also have an art studio where you can sign up for art classes!

More information: Eric Carle Exhibit

Eric Carle also has a blog where he writes about this exhibit! Eric Carle blog

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While I was searching online, I discovered an English website on fun places to take kids. I thought it might be helpful for our readers here in Seoul:   http://kidsfuninseoul.wordpress.com/

i heart books

While in Paris last week, I got to go to a lot of museums. One of them was Les Arts Decoratifs Museum right next to Tuileries Garden. They had an exhibition on Babar. Yes, the famous elephant picture book series. Here are some photos of the exhibition. It was really cute and cool to see the drawings and artwork.

Also, I loved strolling into the random books stores we would come across in Paris. I loved seeing some of my favorite books in French. I do like my Kindle, but there’s something special about flipping through the pages of an actual book. I heart books! Enjoy the photos!

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