MINETTO, NY – Childrenâ€™s author and illustrator Tedd Arnold visited Minetto Elementary School recently.
The students at Minetto spent several weeks preparing for the authorâ€™s visit.
During their library classes they explored his website, read many of his books, and tried their hand at drawing some of the characters from his books.
Arnold has written or illustrated more than 60 books.
His ideas come from a variety of places: his children, wildlife, letting his mind wander.
He worked for six years before selling No Jumping on the Bed, his first book.
After the story is written Arnold begins illustrating his words.
Each drawing goes through a detailed seven-step process using a combination of colored pencils, water colors, and his secret technique, scribbling.
Arnold spends about two days on each of the drawings in his books.
At the Minetto Elementary School visit, the author showed how he makes illustrations for his books including Fly Guy and Green Wilma.
Arnold shared with the students that the 25th anniversary of No Jumping on the Bed is coming up.
He will be re-illustrating the book with characters sporting the big eyes he has incorporated into most of his other books.
During the presentation to the 5th and 6th grade students, Arnold used several students to demonstrate how an idea for a story becomes an actual book at the book store.
There are several people involved in making a book including the author, agent, publisher, editor, illustrator, and bookseller.
It was a great lesson for the students to â€œseeâ€ how this process works.
The younger students had the opportunity to see how Arnold draws a picture that he doesnâ€™t really like.
He uses an exacto-type knife to cut the parts of the picture that he likes in order to create a new picture.
It taught the students that just because a picture isnâ€™t perfect the first time doesnâ€™t mean there arenâ€™t good parts to it.
Arnold encouraged the students by telling them â€œif you keep drawing, you will get better at it; if you keep writing, you will get better at it; if you keep reading, you will get better at everything.â€
The students at Minetto Elementary School really enjoyed their visit from Arnold.