A group of high school and middle school students recently had the opportunity to meet and work with acclaimed and award-winning artist/illustrator Brian Pinkney, who shared with students his love for art, his inspirations from his childhood and the experiences that he had as an artist that served as concepts for his illustrations.
“He brought humor and the drums to emulate what it was like when he felt ‘creatively challenged’ or ‘stumped,’” said Theresa Bianco, chairperson, Visual Arts Department, William Floyd School District.
Following a question and answer session, Brian accompanied students back to the classroom to share some of his techniques in watercolor and inking.
“Students witnessed a work in progress and the importance of finding influences from all around you,” added Ms. Bianco.
Pinkney is the illustrator of several highly-praised picture books including The Faithful Friend, In the Time of the Drums, and Duke Ellington. He is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a master’s degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Brian has won numerous awards including two Caldecott Honors, four Coretta Scott King Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. His work has been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The School of Visual Arts, and The Society of Illustrators.