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Untitled PostArtist/Illustrator Visits Seneca Middle School

posted Sep 6, 2019, 12:57 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Sep 6, 2019, 12:58 PM ]
Mara Diaz, Michael P. White, and Sydney Jones
Quality education can take place in many ways and in many forms – some traditional and some not. A recent guest to Seneca Middle School certainly facilitated art education in a most innovative, entertaining, and non-traditional way. Artist and children’s book illustrator Michael P. White worked with the school’s media specialist, Sydney Jones, and art teacher Mara Diaz to introduce Diaz’s art students to a different and fun way of approaching art and illustration through imagination and ideas inspired through stories. The students knew they were in a for masterful class as soon as they entered the Media Center where they saw a dazzling display of a selection of White’s completed artwork. White, who is known for his whimsical as well as realistic drawings of animals, employed liberal doses of humor to engage the students as he walked them through the “construction” of artwork element-by-element. Along the way he also explained the book illustration process which often requires the artist to produce hundreds of pieces of art for each 32-page picture book. He also reassured the students that each drawing didn’t need to be perfect but to just continue experimenting with their ideas and interests. In addition, White demonstrated and explained the art of air-brush painting as he made the initial black and white drawings come to life with color.

Michael P. White
White is best known for his illustrations for the books The Library Dragon, Return of the Library Dragon, The Secret of Old Zeb, and Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day. He is currently at work on his own book, Beau’s Bayou Treasure. He also produces original artworks available for purchase at galleries in the Atlanta area and online at his website