School visit and art exhibit


John Lechner photo

I had the pleasure of visiting the Hawthorne Brook Middle School in Townsend, Massachusetts this week, where my niece goes to school. I spoke with the fifth grade students about my books. I showed them my sketches and paintings, and demonstrated how I draw some of my characters.

The students asked a lot of great questions, like when did I first start writing (first grade), how long does it take me to write and illustrate a book (about two years), which book and character is my favorite (I can’t decide), and when is my next book coming out (I don’t know.) It was nice to share my work with such a creative group of kids. Thanks everyone for being such a great audience!

In other news, one of my paintings is in an exhibit this summer. The Danforth Museum of Art is having a juried exhibit of children’s illustrators called Picture This! They have accepted one of my illustrations from the book Sticky Burr: The Prickly Peril (see below.) The exhibit will run from June 12 – August 7. The Danforth Museum is in Framingham, MA, here is more information about the exhibit including a catalog of all the works.

The Arrival of Burweena, by John Lechner
From the book “Sticky Burr: The Prickly Peril” by John Lechner