I just realized that I haven't posted anything here since January 10. The entire (but not so long) month of February sailed by and I have been absent. So before we begin talking about school visits, I should mention that my lack of visibility here can be attributed to the lateness of Everything Goes: By Sea and my current crazy rush to get it done. Breaking my hand on Christmas morning didn't do any wonders for my schedule, and as soon as the cast came off in February I more or less locked myself in my studio and went back to drawing. I'll write more about this progress later.
Another relevant thing is the "Sketch of the Day" album I've been posting on my Facebook page. I realized I should use my Facebook page more than I do (kinda like this blog!) and this is a fun and easy way to do it. If you don't already, go "like" the page and follow the sketches.
Okay so to the meat and potatoes. I visited the schools of Southampton Township, NJ, last Friday. I showed and talked about my drawings and Everything Goes to about 400 students over the course of the day. I might have written this here (or elsewhere) before, but visiting schools is one of those mental-health moments that is so good for people like me. Most people take mental-health days from work and stay home. Since I work alone in my studio 99% of the time, it's great to go somewhere and be adored. I hate the morning and afternoon rush-hour traffic (how do you commuters stand it? it's insane!) but it's worth it once I'm at the school.
So I'm just gonna post a bunch of pictures of the visit and the day, and let you see what the students and teachers made. Thanks to Jacquie Daddato for having me out to Southampton and thanks to all the teachers, staff and students for making it such a great day.
One of three full-house presentations.
I signed more than 300 books!
And here are a bunch of drawings that they made inspired by Everything Goes.