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Art and Literature at MAM

Saturday, March 17, 1:00 PM
4:30 PM

In partnership with Montclair Literary Festival, we are thrilled to present a series of free workshops that explore the synergy between literature and art.




Please register in advance.

  • Workshops will start promptly and latecomers will not be admitted.
  • Children aged 8 and above may be dropped off.
  • Children aged 7 and under require an adult caregiver to be present.


1-2 p.m. Collage Workshop with Kristine Lombardi

Make your own collage and learn how to use collage in story-telling, with author/illustrator Kristine Lombardi, based on her new book about cat inventor Mr. Biddles and his helpful lobster friend Hobson.

Ages 5 to 8 with an adult caregiver. Maximum 15 participants.


1-2 p.m. Printing Workshop with Claudia Sabino

Create your own hungry caterpillar, grouchy ladybug or very busy spider – Eric Carle's beloved picture books are the jumping-off point for young artists to make their own prints, with artist Claudia Sabino.

Ages 3 to 6 with an adult caregiver. Maximum 15 participants.


3-4:30 p.m. Introduction to Comics and Graphic Novels

Montclair graphic novelist Kevin Pyle returns with this popular workshop, where he will introduce participants to the basic visual storytelling tools of comics and graphic novels. Students will learn to use word balloons and complex facial emotions in comics, as well as how to draw basic anatomy and design their own characters.

Ages 8 to 12, teens also welcome. Maximum 20 participants.


3-4 p.m. Poetry in Motion

Debbie Harner and Suzanne Nakamura from Montclair Cooperative School lead a workshop that connects poetry and art. The E.E. Cummings poem who are you, little i provides inspiration for students to create an original poem, which they will illustrate using techniques in how to draw the human body in action and composition.

Ages 10 to 14. Maximum 20 participants.


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