One of my favorite things about The Carle is its proximity to so many acclaimed picture book artists and writers.
Micha Archer, one such artist, creates brilliantly colored collages for books, book covers, and magazines. She even designed stamps for the Massachusetts State Park system. In addition to being skilled at her craft, she’s also a former elementary teacher. Needless to say, I’m thrilled that she’s offering an illustration class for 10-13 yr. olds July 30 – August 3 here in The Studio.
Micha was also recently awarded the Ezra Jack Keats Book Awards’ New Illustrator Honor for Lola’s Fandango. Its so fitting that an EJK honoree would be teaching at The Carle this summer because an amazing exhibition of Keats’ work is now on view (here!) through October 14. You can call me a nerd, but these kind of connections truly give me goosebumps.
Above is a spread from her book The Wise Fool: Fables from the Islamic World.
Students in her class here will experience the process of putting words and pictures to page by creating unique collage papers and using them in the creation of a communal picture book. Scans of the final art by each student will be turned into a printable book, with the original art kept by the students. Learn more about the class here and registration info is here.