Illustration Workshop: Ages 9-12

Turning the Page – Your Artwork on Social Media

Saturday, February 26, 2:00 p.m.

Instructor: Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Location: Sidekick Coffee & Books, 1310 1/2 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246

Ages: 9-12, Class size limited to 15 participants  This workshop is full.

It takes years to make a picture book. Therefore, when your book is released, part of the creator’s job is to have your work seen by as many eyes as possible. Social Media is a terrific tool used as outreach to create branding and awareness of your artwork. We will discuss the art form of making a picture book and the importance of the page turn. The participants will draw their own character and create their own “picture book page turn” giving us a surprise on the following page. We will then create Facebook and Instagram posts by taking a photo of the illustrators’ artwork and having them fill out a template with titles and hashtags. A compilation video will be created shortly after the event to be shared with parents and families on their own social media platforms.

Jennifer Black Reinhardt grew up in a cozy town in the mountains of Pennsylvania, surrounded by creative artists and quirky collections. Drawing from that inspiration, Jennifer graduated from Carnegie Mellon University where she received a degree in Illustration.

After working at advertising agencies and honing her skills at now obsolete design technology, Jennifer went on to have her artwork featured as best selling calendars, humor books, needlepoint kits, collector plates, and a Louie Award winning line of greeting cards.

Jennifer is the author and illustrator of several books for children including; Always by My Side: A Stuffie Story (Random House), Playing Possum (Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and Blue Ethel (Margaret Ferguson Books). She illustrated Gondra’s Treasure, written by Newbery award winning author Linda Sue Park (Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Sometimes You Fly, written by Newberry award winning author, Katherine Applegate (Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Yaks Yak (Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) written by Linda Sue Park, The Inventor’s Secret; What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford (Charlesbridge Publishing) by Suzanne Slade, Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons (Charlesbridge Publishing), by Alice B. McGinty, and The Adventures of a South Pole Pig (Harcourt Children’s Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), written by Chris Kurtz.