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Life on the Deckle Edge

Highlights Founders Illustrators Workshop

September 13, 2011

Tags: illustrators, Highlights, conferences, workshops

Eric, Suzanne, Lindsay, Melanie, Floyd, and the new "barn" inside and out
As promised, a few more words about the recent Highlights Founders workshop for Advanced Illustrators. In short, amazing!

I can't possibly recapture all of it for you, so let me serve something like the appetizers we were treated to while mingling each afternoon.

With the largest Founders Workshop group thus far (29 of us, I think), we broke in the new "barn" - a lovely, functional structure which sprouted from the imagination and planning of executive director Kent L. Brown Jr. Alison Myers kept the weekend running smoothly, and always with a smile. (And no doubt you've heard about the food! Hospitality Manager and chef Marcia Dunsmore completely spoiled us.)

We got to meet several folks from Boyds Mills and Highlights - and did I mention Highlights Senior Art Director Cynthia Smith posed for us as a model Sunday afternoon? In her gorgeous belly-dancing ensemble? What an amazing surprise!

Dinner speakers included the wonderful Alix Kennedy, executive director of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and the ever-dazzling Vera B. Williams. - "In my mind, you need joy to make colors."

Each of us had a personal critique with a faculty member. I was fortunate to have a one-on-one meeting with the incredible Lindsay Barrett George (link below).

Also, each faculty member led a hands-on demonstration and workshop for the group, spotlighting a particular medium. (Check out my home page for one of my efforts!) Some great photos are up on the Highlights Foundation facebook page. Oh, and methinks a couple of our fearless leaders, Eric and Suzanne?, can always use stand-up comedy as a back-up career....

From my notes, here is a gem of wisdom from each award-winning faculty member:

Eric Rohman: "I want to live an interesting life, so I want to try a lot of different things."

Melanie Hall: "Infuse your work with your personality."

Suzanne Bloom: "What we do is magic."

Lindsay Barrett George: "Make your reader care about and love your character... connect with kids on an emotional level."

Floyd Cooper: "I'm opposed to lines in my work." He also shared a few quotes, including this one by Henry James: "The best things come, as a general thing, from the talents that are members of a group...."

What a privilege it was to be a part of THIS group for a few days - the experience will forever enrich my life and my sketchbooks.

Comments

  1. September 13, 2011 4:37 PM EDT
    Isn't Vera just an angel missing her wings? I LOVE her!! And Eric too! And I had no idea Cynthia was into belly dancing - very cool. Sounds like an awesome time chickie! :)
    - e
  2. September 13, 2011 4:45 PM EDT
    You'll have to get up there sometime and see that "barn"! Yep, very special folks that weekend - each and every one. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  3. September 13, 2011 11:31 PM EDT
    Had no idea you're an illustrator as well! (And a gifted one, too. Love that pig-;-)
    - Cathy C. Hall
  4. September 14, 2011 9:45 AM EDT
    Sounds like it was amazing! Thanks for sharing, Robyn!
    - Gisele
  5. September 14, 2011 2:12 PM EDT
    Thanks for stopping by, Cathy and Gisele! It was a terrific experience. And, Cathy, surprises are fun! ;0) Tell Cathy-on-a-Stick she'd enjoy it up at a Highlights workshop.
    - Robyn Black

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