Our books and iPad app teach step-by-step drawing with a unique twist - drawings start with a butt shape. Believe it or not, this approach is grounded in science, using the principle behind the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking - start with a fixed line and see what you can draw with the initial constraint.
We aim to inspire creativity by making learning to draw fun and engaging. The scaffolding we provide allows children’s imaginations to run wild. Children (and most adults) invariably find humor in this most universal of shapes. Kids love wisecracks about butts (sorry, couldn’t help myself :). We take advantage of silliness that is innate by directing it toward creativity. And, by making drawing easy, kids gain confidence.
We think creativity and confidence are crucial ingredients for healthy, happy kids.
Richard Dawkins on his children’s book The Magic of Reality
Magic takes many forms. Supernatural magic is what our ancestors used in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method. The ancient Egyptians explained the night by suggesting the goddess Nut swallowed the sun. The Vikings believed a rainbow was the gods’ bridge to earth. The Japanese used to explain earthquakes by conjuring a gigantic catfish that carried the world on its back—earthquakes occurred each time it flipped its tail. These are magical, extraordinary tales. But there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the exhilaration of discovering the real answers to these questions. It is the magic of reality—science.
Tomorrow I’ll be promoting “Page by Paige” at Kids Comic Con!
Saturday April 15th. (Costs $5, but under 18 free)
I’ll be at the Abrams table 12-5:00.(And doing a short workshop sometime in there…)
At Bronx Community College: Colston Hall, 181st Street & University (4 Train to 181st Street)
And if you can’t make it be sure to pre-order Page by Paige from Abrams!
04/09/11 01:30 PM
126 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Saturday, April 9, 1:30 p.m.
Comics for Kids Workshop with Ben Hatke
Meet the daring and adventurous Zita the Spacegirl on her quest to save her best friend! You’ll also meet cartoonist, juggler, and author Ben Hatke, Zita’s creator, who will tell you all about his new graphic novel, lead an interactive workshop on comics for kids — and juggle! Open to comic fans/aspiring writers of all ages.