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Sheila Cunningham Bookmaking/Visual Artist-Big Thought Artist

A Box of Books Residency with Kids

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer, Weekend
Residency, On Campus Professional Development, On Campus Program
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted


Using traditional book-building and paper crafts methods, students create and illustrate a box, then fill it with an assortment of fun, non-traditional books. Then they will explore ways to fill the pages of their books with art and writing based on curriculum subjects. This unique residency boosts creativity, builds strong writing skills, and helps students think outside AND inside the box. This hands-on project enhances students learning by providing opportunities for all types of learners in different ways: visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic.

Students Will

  • Create a variety of books in a box filled with stories to express their original idea
  • Learn the history of books and the innovations that influenced the evolution of the book
  • Build sequencing skills
  • Express ideas through original stories and artworks
  • Create illustrations for their books that are based on personal observations and experiences
  • Integrate a variety of ideas about self, life events, family, and community in original stories and artworks.
  • Literacy Connection: Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist & Turn: Books for Kids to Make by Gwen Diehn ISBN-10: 1579903266 and ISBN-13: 978-1579903268


Dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Duration: Four one hour sessions; more can be added for in depth expereinces.
School Fee: $600 for 4 days or $150 per class. Miminum of 4 days required.
Minimum Attendance: 5
Maximum Attendance: 30
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: Students need a desk or table to work on.
Other Information:

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: Book programs by calling 972-822-3027 and/or email [email protected] All programs taught on campus.
Deadline: Please contact Sheila to schedule within one week of receiving your voucher.
Cancellation Policy: Cancelling two weeks or more prior to scheduled date a full refund less a processing fee of $20 will be refunded. Within 2 weeks, a 50% refund will be returned or apply full fee to a future session. Notification of less than 24 hours has no refund. Cancellations should be made by phone 972-822-3027 AND by email at [email protected] Should illness, inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances prevent the program taking place as scheduled, Sheila will offer the option of rescheduling.
After School Policy: A teacher or afterschool employee must remain with class at all times. Maximum students 30.

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