Illustration Institute

candlewick workshops

CANDLEWICK WORKSHOPS is a series of talks and workshops about the art and work of creating beautiful, high quality children’s books presented by the artists, writers and luminaries at Candlewick Press. Candlewick Press , established in 1991,is located in Somerville, MA and is part of Walker Books group, a British independent publisher based in based in London. Candlewick is operated by its employees including over 100 staff and more than 150 authors and illustrators.

Candlewick Press has consistently produced important children’s books and award winning titles. Illustration Institute is grateful for their support of this workshop series. Please visit their site : www.candlewick.com.

Chris Raschka

Chris Raschka

CHRIS RASCHKA JUNE 24th 5:30 -7:00

RINES AUDITORIUM Portland Public Library

Always Remember: Keeping a Travel Journal

Join Caldecott winning author/illustrator Chris Raschka for a workshop at Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library. Chris will share images of his private painted travel journals, show how they inform his professional development as a children’s book illustrator and author, discuss memory as it functions before and after making the journals. Chris will demonstrate some of his favorite techniques live. There will be a Q &A and book signing. Free and Open to all.

Sponsored by Illustration Institue and Candlewick Press.

Chris Raschka candlewick.com/authill.

Neela Vaswani

Neela Vaswani

NEELA VASWANI JULY 15th 6:30 -7:30

5th Maine, Peaks Island

This is My Eye


Neela Vaswani is multi-faceted; an education activist in the US and India, she has written award winning short stories, middle-grade fiction, won a Grammy and an Audie for audio book narration. Most recently she has written and illustrated the children’s picture book called This is My Eye. Using photography from a child’s point of view to tell a New York story, Neela’s particular insight surprises and delights. Look at the world through Neela’s eye and learn how to combine photos into a narrative that tells your own story.

Be inspired to see your world in a new way! Bring a camera/phone and join in as Neela demos her creative process. A book signing will follow her presentation.

Sponsored by Illustration Institute and Candlewick Press, hosted at the 5th Maine Regiment Museum on Peaks Island : https://fifthmainemuseum.org.

Neela Vaswani: neelavaswani.com


Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes

EKUA HOLMES JULY 18th 5:30 -7:00

RINES Auditorium Portland Public Library

From Civil Rights to Stuff of Stars

Ekua Holmes is a Roxbury, MA native where she still lives and creates her powerful mixed media collages, public art installations and community based projects. Just recently Holmes' was awarded the 2019 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for The Stuff of Stars and in 2018 for Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets . Holmes' illustrated Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, which went on to win a Caldecott Honor, a Robert F. Sibert Honor, John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor.

Join Ekua as she shares how she uses illustration and her creative process to engage, inspire and positively influence her home community and the world at large.

Sponsored by Illustration Institute and Candlewick Press.

Free and open to all.

Ekua Holmes: ekuaholmes.com


Juana Medina

Juana Medina

JUANA MEDINA July 31st 5:30 -7:00

RINES AUDITORIUM Portland Public Library

Juana and Lucas: BEST AMIGOS!

Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the illustrator of Smick! by Doreen Cronin and the author-illustrator of One Big Salad. Juana Medina has studied and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and now teaches at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Juana’s Candlewick picture book Juana and Lucas was the Winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award, a recognition presented to a Latino or Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays the Latino cultural experience in a work of literature for children or youth.

Join Juana for a lively evening of conversation about being bi-lingual, celebrating self and creating meaningful stories about culture. Juana will also demo her drawing techniques, answer questions and sign books.

Sponsored by Illustration Institution and Candlewick Press.

Free and Open to all.

Juana Medina: juanamedina.com



Jancee Dunn + Scott Nash

Jancee Dunn + Scott Nash

JANCEE DUNN & SCOTT NASH AUG 15th 5:30 -7:00

RINES AUDITORIUM Portland Public Library

Words and Pictures: the working relationship between author and illustrator

Celebrated editorial, non fiction and fiction writer Jancee Dunn discusses the creative process with Scott Nash, the illustrator of her first Candlewick picture book, “I’m Afraid Your Teddy is in Trouble Today”.

Jancee Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author, titles include But Enough About Me, a memoir of her rock and roll years, (HarperCollins, 2008) and an essay collection, Why Is My Mother Getting A Tattoo?And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had To Answer, a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor (Ballantine, 2009). In 2012, with Cyndi Lauper, she cowrote Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir.

A staff writer at Rolling Stone for over a decade, and a veejay at MTV for five years, she now writes for many publications, among them the New York Times, Vogue, Travel and Leisure, Food & Wine, and Parents, and was a columnist for GQ and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Scott Nash is an award winning illustrator of over fifty children’s books, co-founder of Illustration Institute and the illustration department at Maine College of Art. He and Jancee are working on a sequel to the Teddy book; this event promises to be a lively conversation about the process of bringing a book to life.

There will be plenty of time for Q & A and a book signing as well.

Sponsored by Illustration Institute and Candlewick Press.

Free and open to all.

Jancee Dunn: janceedunn.net

Scott Nash: scottnashillustration.com

Shawn Sheehy

Shawn Sheehy

SHAWN SHEEHY AUG 29th 5:30 -7:00

RINES AUDITORIUM Portland Public Library

Creating Pop-Up Books - Magic and Mastery

Join master paper engineer Shawn Sheehy as he demonstrates his exquisite techniques for pop-up books, and discusses his creative process, especially for his newest book, Beyond the Sixth Extinction. Shawn’s presentation will include a demonstration, question and answer and book signing.

Inspiring Wisdom from Shawn’s website:

THE MESSAGE

Humans have great influence over the functioning of the wild world, but the wild world exerts influence over human functions; in terms of biology, certainly, but also culture.

I’m interested in the ways that organisms in the wild interact with each other, in the evolutionary paths that have allowed them to flourish, and in the lessons for sustainable living they might have for humans.

My books explore these wild creatures and ecologies, and the ways in which humans perceive of and are influenced by them.

THE MEDIUM

Pop-ups take full advantage of the expressive potential of a book's imagery as they allow for moving, three-dimensional form within the book format.

Pop-up books have the power to cultivate unsuspecting audiences. They attract the attention of adults and children alike, and provide a forum for exploring ideas relevant to all.

Sponsored by Illustration Institute and Candlewick Press.

Free and open to all.

Shawn Sheehy: shawnsheehy.com

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Kevin Hawkes

Kevin Hawkes

October 9, 5:30-6:30

Maine College of Art in Osher Hall

Kevin Hawkes: kevinhawkes.com

Join Illustration Institute for a presentation by acclaimed local author and illustrator Kevin Hawkes. A resident of Gorham, ME, Kevin has created more than 50 children's books throughout his career, including Weslandia, Library Lion, There's a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor, My Little Sister Ate One Hare, and The Wicked Big Toddlah. He is a Maine treasure, please check out his website :https://www.kevinhawkes.com/

Get a behind-the-scenes look at his process and path to becoming an illustrator as part of ii's Candlewick Workshops series! Kevin is delightful, witty, thoughtful and a master of his craft. Event is free and open to all! Book signing to follow.

Chris Van Dusen

Chris Van Dusen

October 16, 5:30-6:30

Maine College of Art in Osher Hall

Chris Van Dusen: chrisvandusen.com

Join Illustration Institute with Chris Van Dusen for a Candlewick Press Workshop. Chris will share insights and secrets from his studio, discuss his techniques and where his wild and wonderful book ideas come from! Chris is a seasoned illustrator whose work has appeared in magazines such as Nickelodeon, Family Fun, and Disney Adventures.

Chris wrote and illustrated his first children’s book “Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee” in 2000 and has been producing books of acclaim ever since, including his newest Candlewick title with Kate DiCamillo, A Piglet Named Mercy.

Bring your questions about the creative process & publishing kid’s books. Chris will have books for sale and a book signing will follow the event. FREE and OPEN to ALL!


MEGAN MCDONALD

MEGAN MCDONALD

Presentation, Book Sales and Book Signing!

SATURDAY October 26, 2019

2:00 - 3:00 pm AFTERNOON EVENT
RINES AUDITORIUM/ PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

KIDS & KIDS AT HEART WELCOME!

This will be a fun Saturday afternoon event at Portland Public Library with Illustration Institute for another super Candlewick Press Workshop! Megan McDonald, author of Judy Moody and Stink series will bring us into the world of her favorite characters, talk about her creative process…AND introduce her newest Candlewick title…JUDY MOODY BOOK QUIZ WHIZ!! Yay!

Bring the kids, have your Judy Moody/Megan McDonald questions answered and have a book signed. Meet a favorite author in person and be inspired! FREE & OPEN TO ALL, kids welcome, of course!!


Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet

November 6, 5:30-6:30

Maine College of Art in Osher Hall

Melissa Sweet: melissasweet.net

Dessert for the Illustration Institute season! Our last in the Candlewick Press Workshop series for 2019, we present local gem, author/illustrator/artist Melissa Sweet. Melissa’s award winning illustration career is wide ranging and so creative, do yourself a favor and come experience her presentation full of inspiration. Melissa has illustrated over 100 books as well as toys, puzzles, and games ,her work has been in magazines and on greeting cards. She has written four books too…Her work has garnered many accolades, her website has the full list, do check it out! https://melissasweet.net

Melissa combines color, texture, nature, quirky objects, humor, and beautiful words in thoughtful, hopeful, poignant and engaging books. A peak into her creative process will send you happily off to the book store and/or to your studio. Bring a friend and enjoy our last event for the season at Osher Hall, Maine College of Art. FREE and OPEN to ALL!