Clare Pernice has always loved to draw. So much so, she became both the illustrator and author of the acclaimed picture book, Circus Girl. Clare’s passion for art and storytelling took root in England where she was born and raised and led her to illustrate and exhibit works worldwide. She’s designed not only children’s books, but also clothes, toys & murals, and has created costumes and props for both film and stage. She’s settled in Connecticut and is hard at work on her upcoming children’s book releases, The Real Mother Goose and Adventure Boy.
A Children’s Programs Consultant and Educator at Manhattan’s Society of Illustrators Museum of Illustration (SOI), Clare is bringing her talent to young artists everywhere via a global illustration workshop, “Creating Characters & Stories,” part of the SI Kids Summer Series. The program spans four Thursdays in August (6, 13, 20, and 27), with both morning (10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) and afternoon (4-5:30 p.m.) offerings, with a capacity of 10 students per session. The course has a suggested age range between 8-11, and registration is underway. The price for the “Creating Characters & Stories” workshop is $120 per series/$108 discount ticket for sibling(s). To register/buy your child’s ticket, please click on the appropriate link above.
Students sign up for a free Zoom account prior to taking the workshops, and simple art materials needed for assignments will be e-mailed after registration. Participants join Zoom with art materials and are invited to share their character research assignment. Additional illustration workshops will be offered in both the fall and winter; interested families should stay tuned for updates on the SOI website.
Students will derive inspiration from weekly scavenger hunt & draw prompts, learn about character development, and hone their drawing skills. Each week, the children will build on their understanding of storytelling through a variety of illustration techniques, experiment with different characters, and come to understand how illustrators use research for their work. At the end of the series, students will have developed a collection of drawings reflecting their creativity and individual illustration style.
“I’m thrilled to offer this exciting workshop to budding artists across the globe. It’s especially timely as parents are seeking activities and positive content for children as they quarantine, prior to the start of school. My passion is teaching character illustration and inspiring students to create illustrations they can be proud of,” Clare says. Clare is also pleased to note the Museum’s pivot to virtual programming has been successful, and many repeat students attend her Zoom Illustration workshops.
"Clare effortlessly keeps each student engaged and motivated by taking a sincere interest in their ideas. Sasha and Bryce always look forward to the next class and feel like real illustrators. I couldn’t think of a class more perfect for them right now,” says parent, Mila Polishchuk.
The Society of Illustrators’ mission is to promote the art of illustration, to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education, and to contribute the service of its members to the welfare of the community at large. The non-profit is located at 128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY.
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