“Wild and Wacky” Spring Break Art Camp with Children’s Book Illustrator Jacqueline Rogers and Author Nancy Castaldo

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents “Wild and Wacky: Creating Inventive Settings for Your Original Stories” with children’s book illustrator Jacqueline Rogers and author Nancy Castaldo from Tuesday, April 11 through Thursday, April 13, 10:00am to 2:30 pm, and on Friday April 14 from 1:00pm to 4 :00pm.

The workshop is for young people ages 8 to 12. Tuition is $160. Scholarships are available. To inquire about financial support, email info@spencetownacademy.org and to register, see www.spencertownacademy.org.

“We are looking forward to the kids picturing places and creatures of their own imagination—and creating visuals and narratives of these extraordinary worlds,” says Academy Board Member Jill Kalotay. “Jackie and Nancy’s world-building activities will include games, drawing, mixed media, and writing prompts designed to let the kids’ imaginations take flight.”

Jacqueline Rogers (www.jacquelinerogers.com) has been writing and illustrating picture books for over 35 years. In 2012, she illustrated Beverly Cleary’s beloved Ramona series, as well as The Mouse and the Motorcycle and the Henry Huggins books. Her other works include illustrations for New York Times best sellers, My Great Big Backyard written by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager (2016) and  Little Ree written by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman (2017). In 2019, HarperCollins published Goblin Moon, a Halloween poem that Rogers both wrote and illustrated.

Nancy Castaldo (www.nancycastaldo.com) has written books to inspire, empower, and inform young readers for over 20 years. The Story of Seeds earned the 2017 Green Earth Book Award. Her 2022 books include When The World Runs Dry (Junior Library Guild Gold Selection), The Wolves and Moose From Isle Royale (Junior Library Guild Gold Selection), and Buildings That Breathe. Her research has taken her all over the world—from the Galapagos to Russia, and she loves sharing her adventures with her readers. Her latest book, The World That Feeds Us, releases in April.

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York.