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Young Illustrator Camp Scheduled

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Young Illustrator Camp Scheduled

Baxter's Corner will lead a new camp this year over spring break at Cabbage Patch Settlement House. Based on interest in the storytelling camps from past summers, Baxter's Corner and Cabbage Patch have developed a new camp intended to take children further into the publication process. At the spring camp, youth will learn the process of preparing illustrations for print, from determining which scenes to illustrate, to producing final artwork through the stages of concept, sketching, and color layering.  Campers will be producing illustrations based on the book THE CATASTEROUS CRUISE, which was written by campers at the 2015 Young...

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New Book Marks Launch of Youth-Authored Series

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New Book Marks Launch of Youth-Authored Series

This month marks the release of a new children’s book, Going Bananas in Space, co-authored by 10 Louisville youth. The book is the first in a youth-authored series designed to showcase young talent while generating funds for a not-for-profit organization that serves at-risk youth. Louisville-based Baxter’s Corner teamed up with The Cabbage Patch Settlement House to lead a week-long day-camp for young storytellers, ages 8 to 13 years. In addition to individual samples, the campers collaborated to write and illustrate a group story that became the centerpiece of a booklet distributed to family and friends at the end of the...

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Baxter's Corner Sponsors Expressive Therapy Program for Children

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Baxter's Corner Sponsors Expressive Therapy Program for Children

Baxter's Corner was one of a group of sponsors of The Morton Center's luncheon on September 30, 2014, to raise funds for the Center's Expressive Art Therapy Program for children. As a table sponsor of the Words Are Not Enough event, Baxter's Corner produced laminated placemats featuring artwork by children in the program. One of the Center's therapists used the artwork to explain how art therapy is used to assist children whose families are struggling with substance abuse issues. "Because we develop stories and art for children with the goal of helping them to develop important interpersonal and social skills,...

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Cabbage Patch Campers Go Bananas at Launch Party

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Cabbage Patch Campers Go Bananas at Launch Party

Baxter's Corner and Cabbage Patch Settlement House hosted a launch party to celebrate the completion of GOING BANANAS IN SPACE, a story written by 11 youth at the Patch’s Young Storyteller Camp this week. The youth collaborated on the story and provided illustrations. From the history of storytelling to the elements of a good story, the campers explored plot and character development, scene details, word choice and editing. Local illustrator, Mary Ellen Stottmann (Chief Crayon) and author, Linda Baker (Chief Pencil), co-owners of Baxter’s Corner, led daily workshop sessions, assisted the young storytellers/illustrators, and coordinated printing of a 40-page booklet...

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First-grader inspires new book, ALLY ALONE and meets Miss America's father

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First-grader inspires new book, ALLY ALONE and meets Miss America's father

When my friend, a first-grade teacher, told me about one of her students who was experiencing the challenges of having a parent in prison, I was inspired to develop a story with a character who was in that situation. In ALLY ALONE, young Ally the Alligator is embarrassed because her dad cannot attend Donuts with Dads day at school. Her dad broke the rules of the swamp and had to leave for awhile and Ally considers lying to cover his absence. But her wise teacher Mr. McBoom, points out that Ally isn't the only student without a dad at home,...

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