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I drew Robyn and her kindergarten friends plus some 13Antoinette6siblings– sixteen kids–in one hour.  That’s fast.  I can only turn out that many drawings in that short time period  with the help of a very alert mom, who made sure there was no wait time between one drawing and the next.  Thank you, Antoinette!

Here are a few.

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In a school with lots of parental involvement, this kindergarten class was treated to an end of the school year celebration with all sorts of activities and everybody got to sit for a caricature by that famous artist, Whatshername.  No less than three parents were directly managing the flow of traffic around me.  Fantastic!  I drew all twenty-eight kids in two hours. Here’s a small sampling.

Henry’s t-shirt says “Henry for President.”

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The whole kindergarten class was invited and I drew all thirty-three of them in two-and-a-half hours, plus a couple of adults who couldn’t resist.  The boys were as darling as the girls.  Here are a few photos.

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My appearance in their colorful Kindergarten classroom was the culmination of two months of art projects.  They had started kindergarten in September and had already worked in a number of mediums and styles:  by the time they sat for me, they had worked in drawing, painting, mosaic, pottery  and sculpture; they knew about Van Gogh and Picasso; they had been to art exhibits, including the installations at the Evanston Art Center, where the readers (those who at the age of five or six could already read) had  read the wall placks for everybody—not an easy task in the case of installations.   So, here we were on October 25th—Picasso’s birthday!—and I was drawing caricatures of bright six-year-olds in Wilmette.  They had done self-portraits in the style of Picasso.  Today they learned about this art form called Caricature.

I started by showing them how to sharpen a China marker:  you pull this string and then you unwind a long thin strip of paper.  They were fascinated.  I drew all of their squirmy alert selves in an hour-and-a-half and then I drew the two teachers who orchestrated all these complicated activities.

Two days later, I attended the opening of their exhibit, complete with the nibbles and drinks expected at art openings.  The “art opening” was one of the concepts they were learning about, along with “fingerfood.”   My caricatures of them were all on a wall, neatly sealed in plastic sleeves. The room was full of their earlier achievements.  Parents were happy to see the work.  As was I and I was amazed at the  ingenuity of these teachers.

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