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Mary Reaves Uhles

Contact Name: Mary Uhles

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Phone: (615) 315-0273

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Mary Reaves Uhles has created illustrations for numerous books and magazines. Her newest picture books include A TUBA CHRISTMAS by Helen Wilbur and THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE by Alice Faye Duncan. She has also illustrated THE LITTLE KID’S TABLE by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle, KOOKY CRUMBS by J. Patrick Lewis, and BEYOND THE GRAVE a choose-your-own-adventure series by Dottie Enderle. Mary has twice been awarded the Grand Prize for Illustration from the SCBWI Midsouth Conference and her piece, EAT, was a finalist in the 2014 SCBWI Bologna Book Fair Gallery. Prior to beginning her career as a freelance illustrator, Mary worked as an animator on projects for Warner Brothers and Fisher-Price Interactive. Mary lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Since creating characters and stories is her favorite thing in the world (even more than mocha fudge ice cream) she feels mighty lucky to do it every day in her hilltop studio.

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Authors, Illustrators, and Secret Helpers Presentation

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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Kindergartners and first graders are already learning about the role the author and illustrator play in bringing a story to life. I tell kids about the two secret, invisible people who also shape a book – the editor and art director. I explain how I make decisions about creating an illustration with examples from my own books and how I work with the two secret helpers to do this. Finally the kids become the art directors! A few kids are chosen to give me a description of a monster and then I illustrate it for the whole group to see.

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Program Title: Illustrate This! Workshop

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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Early elementary grades are learning how to describe and explain a text by the clues in the illustrations. I show the kids an overview of my illustration process and explain how I choose certain details such as color, angle, and character expression to convey the story. At the end the students become illustrators! I give them each a piece of the story, and they illustrate the main idea using the details we discussed. Afterwards we look at their illustrations and discuss what aspects of color, angle, and expression they chose to include.

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Program Title: How To Be An Illustrator: A Path for Emerging Artists

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Many middle and high school students dream of art as their path to college and career. Some may not think it’s possible. I tell my story of becoming an illustrator and show samples of typical work. We cover the important elements of illustration such as expression and visual narrative. Workshops can also choose to do a pre-assigned piece that we critique in class. At the end, I leave time for a Q&A session during which students can ask me anything about an illustration career or ask for my feedback on other pieces of art.

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