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Virtual Saturday Stories: Monthly illustrator-led workshops for children & families: Featured Artist Anna Raff

July 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

How does a picture book get made? Join award-winning illustrator and educator, Anna Raff for a workshop about children’s publishing, including a behind-the-scenes look at her illustration process, a read aloud, and a character-building craft activity.

Anna will present what happens when she first receives a story idea to illustrate, and how she gets to know the characters through brainstorming and sketches, long before she puts paint to paper. Focussing on the main character from A Big Surprise for Little Card, she’ll do a reading, followed by some step-by-step crafting using common household materials.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 letter-sized piece of paper cut in half (to approx. 8.5” x 5.5.5”)
  • 2 pipe-cleaners (or 2 strips of paper, approx. 11” x .5”)
  • drawing materials (crayons, markers, pencils—your choice!)
  • scissors
  • tape
  • 1 pom-pom and glue (optional)
Symon Chow

About the Artist:
Anna Raff is the illustrator of several books for children including World Rat Day, If I Were a Kangaroo, A Big Surprise for Little Card, and The Day the Universe Exploded My Head, which was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and New York Public Library Best Book. Before her career as an illustrator, she was a designer/art director at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and several childrens book publishers. Anna is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Program and lives in New York City.


July 17
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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