Lecture: Behind the Scenes of Making Children's Picture Books

May 18, 2013
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Farnsworth Auditorium
Where do ideas come from and how is a picture book made? Award-winning author and illustrator Melissa Sweet will talk about creating children's books with slides of her process, including her newest book, A SPLASH OF RED: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant. This book shares the story of a self-taught African American artist who overcame poverty, racism, disability and war to become an American master. N.C. Wyeth, who knew Horace Pippin from Pennsylvania, wrote of Pippin's art: "It is some of the purest expression I have seen in a long time."
Lecturer Melissa Sweet has illustrated nearly 100 children’s books from board books to picture books and nonfiction titles. Her collages and paintings have appeared in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Madison Park Greetings, Smilebox and for eeBoo Toys, which have garnered the Oppenheim and Parents Choice Awards. Prior to A SPLASH OF RED, Melissa Sweet and Jen Bryant collaborated on the Caldecott-winning A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams. Sweet's book, Carmine: A Little More Red, was a New York Times Best Illustrated book in 2005. She also wrote and illustrated Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, which garnered the Sibert Medal for nonfiction.
Cost: $15 members, $25 nonmembers, $10 educators (educators please call 207-596-0949 for reservations).
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