Chris Van Allsburg

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Chris Van Allsburg

Caldecott Medal

Caldecott Medal


Chris Van Allsburg

Influences:He started out as a sculptor, but didn't spend as much time in the studio as he would have liked so he spent time at home sketching his ideas. His wife, Lisa, saw his sketch book and told him he should illustrate children's books which started his career as an author/illustrator.

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18, 1949Owns two Siamese cats named Fafner and EloiseMajored in Sculpture at University of Michigan, graduated in 1972Went to grad school at Rhode Island School of DesignMarried Lisa Morrison in 1975Had two daughtersHas written and illustrated 19 booksIllustrated 3 other books Info from Chris's Website

Super Stippling ActivityStep 1: Gather paper and writing utensil. Step 2: Brainstorm an imaginative scene from your favorite toy's perspective. Step 3: Begin creating your scene on your piece of paper using small dots only. (Dots closer together make darker areas. Dots further apart make lighter areas.)You are stippling!Visual Arts Standard 1 (4th Grade): The student will explore and refine the application of media techniques and artistic processes.Visual Arts Standard 2 (4th Grade): The student will analyze, reflect on, and apply the structures of art.

Chris Van AllsburgCO Author MailHoughton Mifflin 222 Berkeley Street Boston, MA 02116-3764

EDEL 4540 Section 2Mandy Schmidt, Katie Troff, Shanesa Johnson (Whittaker), Yvonne Palfreyman, Sarah Anderson (England)

About the Illustrator

"So far I haven't spent more than a half-year on any of my books. That was how long Ben's Dream took, becuase it was technically the hardest. For both 'Gaszai' and 'Jumanji', the finished drawings required only about 10 days"-Something About the Author vol 37 pg 204-206


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