`Visual storytellers' talk about their craft...


November 01, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

`Visual storytellers' talk about their craft

Collaborating children's-book illustrators (and twin sisters) Patti and Robin DeWitt will appear at four Baltimore County libraries over the next two weeks to talk about their craft. The DeWitts, who describe themselves as "visual storytellers," will explain how a book is put together, tell how they work as a team to create images, and then give a watercolor demonstration.

The pair, who grew up in Parkville, also teach children's-book illustration together at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. They specialize in watercolors of animals, nature and Shakespearean art. (They've illustrated versions of The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet.) Children's books that they've worked on include The Marvelous Maze by Maxine Rose Schur and The Peach Tree by Norman Pike. And next spring, they're publishing a series of books - one for each month of the year, illustrated with appropriate foliage, insects and seasonal activities.

Free tickets are required for the family programs, all of which start at 7 p.m. Nov. 7: Parkville Branch Library, 9509 Harford Road, 410-887-5353; Nov. 8: Catonsville Branch Library, 1100 Frederick Road, 410-887-0951; Nov. 13: North Point Branch Library, 1716 Merritt Blvd., 410-887-7255; Nov. 15 at the Randallstown Library, 8604 Liberty Road, 410-887-0770.

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