University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Ray Martens


Ray Martens was an art teacher in an elementary school in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Currently, he teaches at Towson University where he has been exploring how the writing and art in picturebooks push young children’s thinking and language and literacy development.

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Scheduled events:
Illustrator Studio: From Cheap Paper to Final Art
Every illustration begins with lots and lots of sketching, but Janet Stevens' process from that point on constantly changes. Stevens will discuss the many tools and mediums she uses including acrylic paint, watercolor, watercolor crayon, pastel, pencil, colored pencil, digital elements, collage and choice of paper.

Education Room 437 (Seats 65, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Janet Stevens
Moderator: Ray Martens
Books to Inspire Young Readers and Writers
Books that engage young children can spark their imagination, inspire their creativity and motivate them as readers, writers and artists. Current picture books for reading aloud with young children will be shared.

Education Room 310 (Seats 49, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Prisca Martens, Ray Martens
Moderator: Lisa Langford
Illustrator Studio: Now showing, in glorious Prismacolor!
Influenced by her lifelong love of Technicolor musicals and her early career in animation, Molly Idle demonstrates her illustration process, using her preferred medium of Prismacolor pencils. Audience members will be invited to take part.

Education Room 437 (Seats 65, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Molly Idle
Moderator: Ray Martens
Illustrator Studio: Mixed Media Demonstration
Follow along as Juana Matinez-Neal shares the technique she uses to create the artwork of books like “Alma and How She Got Her Name” and “La Princesa and the Pea.” Matinez-Neal will demonstrate her creative process from idea to finished book with the help of slides and some live demonstrations, including her use of transfers.

Education Room 437 (Seats 65, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Juana Martinez-Neal
Moderator: Ray Martens

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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