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Understanding the Picture Book: A WorkshopMaster ClassIn-Person

Headshot of Pat Cummings

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Morgan Library & Museum

In partnership with the Morgan Library & Museum

Picture books for children use a careful interplay of words and illustrations to tell a story over the course of a specific number of pages. These constraints are both liberating and bedeviling. In this workshop, teachers will learn basic steps for creating a tight narrative before writing their own simple, original picture book stories. This workshop will also consider different conceptual approaches to illustrating any given text—exploring what approaches might work best, and why. Teachers of any subject are welcome! No previous writing or drawing skills are required.

Patricia Cummings

Pat Cummings was born in Chicago but grew up traveling with her military family all over the world. She has been writing and illustrating children's books since she graduated from Pratt Institute and is the author and/or illustrator of more than forty books. In addition to her art for the Coretta Scott King Award winner My Mama Needs Me by Mildred Pitts Walter, Pat's luminous work includes Angel Baby; Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon!; and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner Talking With Artists. She teaches children’s book illustration and writing at Parsons School of Design, the New School, and Pratt Institute. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.