Upcoming Events

WEMTAApril 10, 2016
WEMTA
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Writing for Children Panel & Author Fair
A presentation from a number of children’s writers from Wisconsin, covering multiple genres such as, picture books, middle grade, and young adult.

 

 

 


WWMWFriday, April 29, 2016 – Sunday, May 1, 2016

SCBWI Wild, Wild Midwest
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Independently Published Panel
Join a Q&A session with the 2015 Spark Award winner, W. Nikola-Lisa, writer/journalist Silvia Acevedo, and author/illustrator Andrea Skyberg as they share their journey to publishing independently and provide tips, terms, and advice for anyone considering this exciting option — or for those who are actively publishing. This is a special opportunity to ask an expert, so come with questions! Moderated by Trina Sotira, indie writer, editor and assistant professor.

 
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Greendale Public Library’s
First Annual Children’s Book Festival
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Join feature presenter Andrea Skyberg as she offers her Big Picture presentation for kids, parents, educators, and librarians.

New Year! New Residency! New Book!

I’ve been working with Milwaukee Environmental Science Academy to create a new book this year. Over 200 kids along with the entire staff are working with me to write and illustrate a picture book based on their school’s character traits. The staff started the project in early January, collaging and designing the cover for our book. The school’s mascot is the yellow jacket, which is why we chose to feature them on our cover. In the next two months, the students will work with me to illustrate the interior page spreads, as well as write the story. Each page spread will feature text created around one of the school’s character traits, combined with the image of a tree and a Wisconsin animal. The big idea in the book is that just like a tree needs water, air, and nutrient rich soil to grow, we need character traits like integrity, grit, stewardship, respect, leadership, and craftsmanship to grow into strong and beautiful additions to the earth. While these illustrations will serve as the page spreads in the book, we will also have them enlarged and printed on 4′ x 6′ vinyl to be used to decorate the school. The project is made possible through funding from Arts@Large.

Manitoba Art Residency

I’ve been working on a new residency with Manitoba school these past three weeks, creating animals and objects for their Coral Reef museum exhibit and their Rainforest exhibit. We had a lot of fun sculpting the animals and paper macheing the tree and shark. We’ll continue to meet in the new year to finish up before their museum opens in May.

Recap of the Sheboygan Book Festival

I had such an amazing time meeting passionate readers, as well as other authors and illustrators at the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival. A BIG thanks to JoAnn Dent and crew for organizing such an incredible free festival for children’s literature! Here’s some pictures from the events.

 

Sheboygan Book Festival Video

YoutubeClip SheboyganBookFestivalThanks Nick Patton for creating this great video (below) featuring the authors and illustrators appearing at the Sheboygan Book Festival in October.
AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS:
Ann AngelLaura Lee GulledgeLita JudgeJoAnn Early MackenKenn NesbittMiranda PaulJustin RobertsChristian RobinsonLiz Garton Scanlon, Andrea SkybergMichael Spradlin, Tricia SpringstubbTui SutherlandStacy Tornio and Ken KefferAshley Wolff.

Visit Me at the Sheboygan Book Festival in October!

I’m really excited to be leading an art workshop on October 11th at 10:30am at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI as part of the Sheboygan Book Festival.

Sheboygan Poster

It’s a fantastic line-up of authors and illustrators this year, including Ann AngelLaura Lee GulledgeLita JudgeJoAnn Early MackenKenn NesbittMiranda PaulJustin RobertsChristian RobinsonLiz Garton ScanlonMichael Spradlin, Tricia SpringstubbTui SutherlandStacy Tornio and Ken KefferAshley Wolff.

Gallery tour photos - Shimmerling 1Art-making workshop with author/illustrator Andrea Skyberg
Create an original metal engraved Shimmerling feather with Andrea Skyberg, based on the artwork in her book SHIMMERLING. 10:30 a.m. at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Book Signing to follow workshop.

 

Your Life is Your Message to the World—Professional Development Workshop

IMG_9764Twenty-six Milwaukee Public School teachers designed an exhibit about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) as part of a Kid Curators® professional development experience that took place at Cardinal Stritch University in June of 2015. I worked with the teachers to create an artistic response to all they learned, prompted by this question: In what ways does the story of the AAGPBL and Joyce Westerman inspire you? Teachers’ AAGPBL exhibits are on display in the Arts @ Large Civil Rights and Baseball exhibition, open July through September 2015. Teachers’ artwork and writing, which is documented in the book Your Life is Your Message to the World, reveals the impact Joyce Westerman and the AAGPBL had on all.