The Class Artist by G. Brian Karas

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Fred has big plans for his art project. Wonderful plans. Secret plans. And a whole week to paint and draw and cut and glue until everything is just right.

But as the week goes by, Fred's big plans turn into Fred's big disaster. Sometimes, as Fred discovers, seeing something in your mind and putting it down on paper are not the same.

All those who have ever been bewildered by creatiyity--and rescued by inspiration--will recognize themselves in Fred ... the class artist who could only have come from the inspired and creative G. Brian Karas.


About G. Brian Karas

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Children's author and illustrator, G. Brian Karas was born in Milford, Connecticut in 1957. After graduating from Paier School of Art, he worked as a greeting card artist and a commercial illustrator. Home on the Bayou, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, was his first illustrated book. Since then, he has illustrated over seventy books for children. Titles authored and/or illustrated by Karas have won numerous other awards. Saving Sweetness written by Diane Stanley was a Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book for Children in 1996, received a Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon in 1996, and was a School Library Journal Best Book of 1996. Like Butter on Pancakes by Jonathan London was a School Library Journal Best Book of 1995. The Class Artist, written and illustrated by Karas, was a Smithsonian Magazine's Notable Book for Children in 2001 and received the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2002 Best Book Gold Award.
Published August 1, 2001 by Greenwillow. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Fiction

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When his teacher suggests that he draw a picture of how he feels, the boy draws the black cloud over his tipi, which spurs a series of pictures that form a pastoral mural.

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