Here’s a new great program from author/illustrator Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw. Based in New Mexico, though originally from Missouri, Jenny Sue has come to Cooperating School Districts to videoconference a couple of times during visits home. She will now be offering author visits over Skype- at no cost! (So in a way, it’s same, same, but different)!
Jenny Sue’s Skype sessions will run 30 minutes, live from her home-studio in the southwest. Her preferred day of delivery is Thursdays between 9 a.m. and noon Mountain time (one hour behind the Central time zone). During the fall, Jenny Sue will be traveling quite a bit (including to St. Louis, we’ll update you events she will be attending!) She will be available to conduct these sessions between October 3-7th; most of November, and the first half of December.
Prior to the Skype connection, participating classrooms should have read and be familiar with her book(s) and to let the author know if they want a specific one read/discussed. Another option is for Jenny Sue to read her new book, Same, Same but Different. Teachers and students can have a few questions prepared to ask.
Though the half-hour sessions will be catered to the age group participating, here’s the general breakdown on the connection:
Hello! Introductions & Questions for students.
A studio tour. Jenny Sue will pan the camera and show them where she work and what her studio is like: painting and writing space, and looking at bookshelves and some of her favorite books.
She will briefly discuss how she researches and uses her tools.
Jenny Sue will read one of her books and then share about her process — asking participating classes questions about how they think she does each part and share her research, sketchbooks, how she create illustrations (paint, collage, and more).
She will also share how she integrates personal ideas into illustrations, and how to work editors.
Wrap up: answer any questions students have.
If you have questions, or would like to book a session with Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw over Skype, contact Rebecca Morrison at Cooperating School Districts: email@example.com. Please note there limited dates and times for this free program. Sign up early!
“When I was in 2nd grade, my dad traveled all around the world, which inspired me to travel. In 2002, I lived with a family in Nepal and taught art and English at a grade school. [During the videoconference] I’ll share some of the students’ artwork that we did as a project to share their culture with my friends back home. This exchange inspired my next trip to Nepal and India in 2006 and my upcoming book, Same, Same But Different, due out in about a year. I’ll show parts of my process (photographs, sketches and research) and a sneak peak of the book, which will lead into more discussion and Q&A.” – author Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
New Links to New Learning is thrilled to bring back author/illustrator Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw for two free videoconferences on October 27. Jenny will start the interactive videoconference by reading from her wonderful first book, My Travelin’ Eye. We request that participating teachers get a copy of the book prior to the program and read it with students. Since the students will already be familiar with the book by the time we connect the videoconference, Jenny will talk briefly about the book itself, but will primarily focus on the idea of celebrating ALL of our differences, and how those differences make us unique: physical differences are just one; cultural, age, talents, beliefs (not strictly religious, but whether we butter our toast on the top or bottom as in Dr. Seuss’s Butter Battle Book). Jenny will ask the students for examples, keeping the dialog interactive and positive.
Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw conducted a videoconference live from CSD a couple years ago and we received nothing put positive feedback. Here’s your chance to connect with this Missouri native, though now New Mexico resident! Jenny Sue says on the last page of the book that her travelin’ eye still wanders, “but that’s the true nature of an artist, to see the world in her own unique way.”
On October 27, Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw will conduct two, 60-minute H323 videoconferences. Interactive Slots: 9:30 a.m. CT for Kindergarten & First Grade – full
10:45 a.m. CT for Second & Third Grades – 1 spot left
View-only option is also available. Contact Rebecca Morrison at Cooperating School Districts if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jenny Sue Kostecki Shaw, author and illustrator and sometimes New Links to New Learning guest speaker, has a (newer) interview out on her book, My Travelin’ Eye.
She sent us a link to it- to hear the interview, click here. When Jenny presented live from Cooperating School Districts in the spring of 2008, she received rave reviews! She has a new book coming out the in the spring of 2010. We’re hoping to have her back the next time Jenny visits St. Louis!
Our videoconference last month with author and illustrator (& St. Louis native!) Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw was extremely well received. During the interactive program, she mentioned her website was being updated and would soon have some great interactive features for students to use with their parents and teachers. We just got word that the new website is up!
According to Jenny Sue, “I have added so much to the visual art side of dancingelephantstudio.com, including a ‘books’ section, 3 illustration portfolios and process/work posts within the illustration section, a slide show of my personal work, a new studio tour with lots more to see, and miscellaneous ‘fun’ including My Travelin’ Eye activity downloads and a kid’s travelin’ eye + fashion patch gallery! I also added an on-line store and have my Oopsy Daisy canvas reproductions available as well as other art! My old blog (at blogspot) is imported into my site, too, so reset your bookmarks! The coolest thing about my new site is that it’s easy to update, add new work, stories, inspiration, links, etc., so stop in from time to time to see what’s new. You’ll also notice a new home page for dancingelephantstudio.com that posts recent studio news.”
We’re hoping the next time Jenny Sue comes to town to talk about her work (or enjoy a visit with her family!) she’ll come back to CSD for some more videoconferences!
Jenny Sue… reads, illustrates, duplicates, and demonstrates.
Today we had a wonderful videoconference with author Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw. Jenny Sue connected with classrooms to talk about her work, her life, and her new book, My Travelin’ Eye. She explained how she had been diagnosed with lazy eye as a five year old by Dr. Dave, and it became her travelin’ eye- literally and figuratively.
She told the kids about her experiences with her eye, her “fashion patch,” her big glasses with Bugs Bunny on them, and how she came about writing her book. We saw her designs and inspirations. She showed the participants her artwork on the document camera and with PowerPoint slides. Jenny Sue read her story, then took great questions from the students. At one point, she drew a picture to show the kids how she can see things with her travelin’ eye. She also shared that Dr. Dave (yep, he’s real!) plans to use her book in his office for other children with travelin’ eyes! Jenny Sue even met one young man by the name of Gavin who had a travelin’ eye, too.
We learned that Jenny Sue’s website is going to be updated soon and there will be an interactive gallery where kids can create their own virtual fashion patches!!
Elementary classes from the Francis Howell, Clayton and Ladue School districts will connect for a one hour videoconference with author/illustrator Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw next week. The Virtual Learning Center is really excited to bring this St. Louis native into St. Louis schools. Jenny Sue will be talking with the students about her new picture book, My Travelin’ Eye – ‘ Jenny Sue’s eyes are different from other people’s eyes. Her right eye looks in one direction, while her left eye sometimes wanders. Jenny Sue has a travelin,’ lazy eye. Although it makes her different, it also helps her see the world in a special way. Here is a charming story about one very inspiring little girl.’ (see Author Visit on May 9, 2008)
Now, here’s a bit about the author, by the author!
THE LITTLE YEARS. When I was little, I would sit in a box and draw pictures. Eventually, my studio expanded to my closet where I made up characters and neatly archived them in blue binders (including hundreds of made-up Smurfs). I would sit on the green shag carpet under hanging clothes with my older sister Renee sitting in her office on the far other end of the long, skinny closet. She wrote poems and said I could be her illustrator. My oldest brother Freddy and his friend Kevin Brimmer drew a lot, and I thought they were the coolest. I decided then that I’d always be an artist. When I was 8, I won my first art contest with a drawing of Santa Claus. I still remember the phone call—it was the first time I ever remember crying because I was happy…I find a lot of inspiration for my art and stories from my life: traveling+adventures, family+friends, my dog other pets, and memories.
7 things I remember from my little years on Chatfield Drive, St. Louis, MO…
1. The above mentioned box/my first art studio.
2. I had a Papa Smurf Doll that I LOVED. I remember giving him hundreds of beard trimmings til he had a charming five o’clock shadow and snowed tiny white beads
3. My dad had this awesome, huge swivel chair in his downstairs office, and my friend Tisa and I would take turns spinning each other til we had out of body experiences running upside down on the checkerboard ceiling.
4. My stylish green pants with the Polish embroidery and vertical ribbed lines.
5. My FAVORITE shirt: The Incredible Hulk.
6. Fighty + Gertrude, the 2 crawfish my sister Renee & I rescued from the live-well in my Dad’s bass boat in the garage. We kept them in a sherbert container and let them play on our driveway. And 7. My thick glasses with the super springy frames sporting Bugs Bunny on the side.
Thanks for sharing and illustrating, Jenny Sue! Looking forward to next week!
interactive sessions are now full; we have a couple VIEW ONLY available
Author & artist Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw will be at CSD Friday, May 9 to videoconference with 3 classes! Kindergarten thru second grade teachers, if you want your class to interact with this author, please sign up with me- soon. Our author visits fill up fast!
About the book: My Travelin’ Eye is a refreshing take on “feeling different.” It shows how a disability can be turned into an advantage, with a bit of creativity. This book can be used in the classroom as an introduction to the creative process—where ideas come from, and how to make something of your ideas!
About the author: Jenny Sue not only wrote this wonderful story, but she illustrated the book as well. She will read the book and answer student questions about the character, being an author and working as an illustrator. New Links to New Learning is really excited to have her here from her home in New Mexico! For more information about Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, visit her website: www.dancingelephantstudio.com.
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