The library offered a program this afternoon with clay illustrator Susan Eaddy. She was organized and inspiring. First she introduced herself and read the book aloud that she illustrated with an on-screen accompaniment. Then she showed the process of why she became a clay illustrator and how it works. Finally, she offered all the kids a chance to make a clay illustration.
What I particularly enjoyed was her enthusiasm for trial and error. She really conveyed to the children that she was happily challenged by this project. She showed them her missteps and how it all got fixed in the end. Not that anything was particularly wrong or she was ill-equipped, but rather she had a way of showing kids you grow through your project.
The boys got to try their own projects and she went around to each child pointing out their strengths. Working the clay in a flat dimension was very interesting and new. We are used to forming in 3D so this was a fun, fresh idea.