|Clare, Meg, Cheryl, Marcela and Anne|
I just returned from the New England chapter's annual conference in Springfield, MA, "Think Outside the Crayon Box." With over 600 participants, it's quite an event. I recognized two of our instructors and eleven students or grads of the certificate program while I was there.
|Cindy, Brook, Jeanette|
What do you get if you go to a SCBWI event?For illustrators, there were various workshops.
There was an Illustrator's Challenge, designed as a portfolio building exercise and promotional opportunity. This year's challenge was to illustrate a single line of text for a double-page spread: "Don't worry-I fixed it."
|Marcela's Illustrator's challenge|
|Ann with her Illustrator's challenge (and a corner view of Marcela's)|
|Marcela with Sarita and Stella|
Award WinnersThere is a Portfolio Showcase, viewed by attending agents, art directors and editors, judged by professional art directors, with prizes awarded. Recent grad Marcela Staudenmeier won the R. Michelson Gallery Award, and will be included in the annual CBI show there in November.
Recent grad Rong Yuan Ma (Roya) won the Ann Barrow Scholarship, which gives her free tuition to next year's conference. She attended the conference with her husband Luc, and their eight month old baby.
I couldn't be prouder of all of the attendees for putting themselves out there to be seen, to learn, and to network.
|Roya and McKenzie with Illus 3 instructor, Emilie Boon|
|Roya, Luc and McKenzie|
|Brook and Lin|
|Instructor Marlo Garnsworthy (front rt.) with friends|
Workshops, Speakers & CritiquesMany agents, editors and art directors attend, and portfolio and manuscript reviews can be scheduled.
|Illustration by Dan Santat|
Josh Alves did a workshop on Planning, preparing, and Publishing an interactive app book, and Nicole Tadgell did a watercolor workshop, to name just a few of the workshops geared towards children's book illustrators, as well as author/illustrators.
|Milanka with author Jane Yolen|
The conference is run almost entirely by volunteers, and is an amazing feat.