On Thursday and Friday I continued my artist-in-residence gig at Central School in Simsbury, CT. (Above) Here I am showing a slide for the Hungry Caterpillar as an example of a cover that is character based. I also wanted to show how Mr. Carle used a very simple white background to contrast all the energy and detail that was in the caterpillar, and how the text is off center in the composition. I wanted to show the kids all the different options and creative choices they could make when creating their covers.
(Above) Some 6th graders hard at work.
(Below) A collection of covers that popped. (I have to say, I took so many photographs of such fabulous covers - the 6th grades really did a wonderful job with this project - but here is just a sampling.)
|I really love this one. He captured the steely tone of a ninja and the placement of the text is PERFECTION!!!|
|This cover was for a group of short stories that the young author had written, one of which involved an iPod and an alien. I think he picked the perfect image to go with his title and I love the little alien sticking his head out from the corner.|
|Ooooh - isn't this creepy?! This is a fabulous example of tone. So dangerous and tragic.|
|This is like a cross between a game show and Judge Judy. I love the title. It makes me laugh ever single time! It reminds me of Eddie Izzard's Cake-or-Death bit.|
|This was maybe the only true cover adaptation that we had. I loved those two little wild things on the cover. And I think it was a great idea to add the claw coming down, as if it was the one that scrawled some of the letters.|
I had a fabulous time at Central School. A big shout out to the art teacher, Mrs. Kelleher, for letting me come in and work with the kids for three days. I couldn't ask for a better hostess. It's not easy to let someone come in and take over your space, but Mrs. Kelleher was so gracious and enthusiastic - it made it a really fun experience for me. And thanks to all the fabulous 6th graders for sharing their ideas with me. I think you all knocked this project out of the park!!!