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The Role of the Illustrator

June 16, 2021 | Clara Buckley

We love looking at the illustrations in the books in our classroom library by Eric Carle, Faith Ringgold, Kadir Nelson, Lois Ehlert, Paul Galdone, Rachel Isadora, Ezra Jack Keats.

The children recently wrote a story to act out in the drama area. When we read our story we noticed there were no pictures to go with the words. The illustrator creates the pictures to support the story alongside the words. We decided we could be the illustrators, as well as the authors, of our story.

As our story included some characters familiar from other books, a wolf, a troll, and Grumpy Bird, we used the original illustrations for inspiration.

It was a lot of work so we spent several days on each illustration, adding details and color to our drawing.

We will bind the drawings together into a book. The front cover has the title of the story, The Three Babies, and the author/illustrators’ names… OURS!

We’ll leave a copy in the classroom library to welcome next year’s students, and each child will bring home a copy of the book.

Clara Buckley

Teacher, Rivers Class; Middle School Art

Clara Buckley’s teaching spans the ages of Mustard Seed School, from the youngest students in the preschool to students in the graduating class. She’s found many similarities between teaching three-year-olds and thirteen-year-olds!

As an art teacher who never enjoyed drawing, Ms Buckley’s hope is that each child she teaches discovers a way to create art that they enjoy, whether it be sculpture, printing, textiles, architectural drawing, or collage.

Ms. Buckley loves living in Jersey City, a place whose diversity and welcome for immigrants reflects her own family experience. When planning future travel destinations, art, food, and time with family are featured items on her list.

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