Presented monthly, Saturday Stories invites guest illustrators to lead children and their adult companions in a read-aloud and hands-on workshop related to the wide range of materials and processes that illustrators use to create their picture books.
On January 19th, author and illustrator, Clare Pernice, will read from her first book, Circus Girl, and lead you in bringing your own characters to life! Just as Clare combines playful text with whimsical images to capture a young girl’s imagination of tumbling, flying, juggling, and spinning across the pages, you will use various 2- and 3-dimensional materials to illustrate and animate your own moveable, articulated main characters and supporting characters and objects to tell imaginative, expressive stories. Great for ages 5 and up!
Born and raised in England, Clare Pernice’s passion for children’s books took root while influenced by Roald Dahl (who visited her school), and her witty story-telling father. Clare took an avid interest in the world of children’s stories, art and design and went on to graduate from London’s Central Saint Martin’s School of Art. She has since illustrated and exhibited works in Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Charleston and New York. She has also designed children’s books, clothes, toys and murals, and has created costumes and props for film and stage.
But Clare’s true love is writing and illustrating picture books, of which Circus Girl is her first. Circus Girl is the tale of a young imaginative girl who morphs into a superstar -- the main attraction -- of her own circus. “Circus Girl was inspired by my childhood, my two children, and is for anyone who likes to use their imagination,” says Clare.
$25 covers admission and workshop for 1 adult + 1 child. Additional children are $10/each.
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