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Susan Eaddy

Contact Name: Susan Eaddy

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Phone: (615) 385-0318

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Susan Eaddy writes picture books and plays with clay in her attic studio. As a former Art Director she won international 3D illustration awards and a Grammy nomination. Her clay-illustrated trade books include, My Love for You is the Sun, Papa Fish’s Lullaby, and a 3 book vehicle series with the Smithsonian. Her clay artwork appears regularly in BabyBug, LadyBug, Spider and Click magazines.

She is the author of Poppy’s Best Paper and Poppy’s Best Babies, illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet.(Charlesbridge), and Eenie Meenie Halloweenie (Harper Collins -2020).

She is the Regional Advisor for the Midsouth region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. (SCBWI) She also serves as one of the four members of the SCBWI Bologna Team. Susan loves to travel, and has done school visits all over including Taiwan, Brazil, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and of course the USA!


Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Illustrating a book in Clay

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

From drawing, to creating book illustrations in clay, see behind the scenes with pictures and videos showing process from raw manuscript to printed piece. Using Papa Fish’s Lullaby and other works, emphasis is on research and cooperative skills, and the many mistakes made along the way. Students are shown before and after illustrations and encouraged to find the mistakes and suggest ways to solve the problem. A Q&A session following the presentation provides an opportunity to further discuss material covered and address questions about the illustrating and publishing process. A clay craft is available.

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Program Title: Mistakes and detours- Try, Try again!

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Poppy’s Best Paper was inspired by the author’s own 4th grade paper, but rejections rolled in when Poppy started life a blue raccoon made of clay. We talk about process and perseverance. We discuss the author /illustrator roles in how the story is being told and in setting mood. We discuss point of view and students are encouraged to retell scenes from the POV of different characters. A Q&A session following the presentation provides an opportunity to further discuss material covered and address questions about the writing and publishing process.

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Program Title: My Love for you is the Sun –Rhyme time and clay play

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

My Love for you is the Sun is written in rhyme using metaphors. We discuss metaphor and simile, and students are encouraged to create their own metaphors, similes and rhymes.
Using similes we also explore how basic shapes are used in clay to create the complex sculptures that illustrate this book. (ie: My ball of clay is like an octopus eye) We discuss techniques, textures, warm and cool colors and how mood and setting are affected by palette. The students peek into the artist’s process through videos & pictures. A Q& A session follows. A clay craft is available.

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