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Robin Brickman is the award-winning illustrator of "A Log's Life", "One Night in the Coral Sea", "I Am An Artist," and many more children's picture books. A professional illustrator for over 30 years, her books are about the natural world and artistic creativity.

Robin can come to your school for a workshop or assembly to demonstrate the connection between art and science. She begins with information about researching and planning a children's picturebook. Then, she demonstrates her unique sculpted 3-D paper technique. Ms. Brickman can work with students in any grade level to explore some of the artistic techniques she has developed. Her highly regarded program can result in a spectacular mural at the school, or in smaller take-home art projects. Each visit is planned according to the school's needs.

The materials necessary for these workshops are readily available in most classrooms. Just paper, scissors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, and white glue

Please contact for more information.


Published Books

Wings by Sneed B. Collard (Author), Robin Brickman (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback: 32 pages Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (February 2008)

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Birds aren't the only creatures that have wings-- bats and insects have them, too. Sneed B. Collard III explores the diversity of wings, the mechanics of flight, and the fascinating abilities and attributes flying animals possess. Intricate, vivid collages show the delicate beauty of each type of wing. Includes a glossary and additional resources.

Editorial Reviews
From Kirkus Reviews The creative team that collaborated on Beaks (2002) tackles the subject of wings. Beginning with a look at the many types of animals that have wings, Collard then offers some examples of the wide diversity of wing styles-differences in size, color and covering are all explored. He presents the dynamics of flight briefly, along with ways wings can influence an animal's activities and the many things animals accomplish by using their wings. The text concludes by comparing animals' wings to the wings humans have invented to achieve flight. Font differences make the text easily adaptable to many age groups-for the very young, just a short sentence, while for older readers there is an entire paragraph of information. Every animal is labeled, and the list of resources and glossary at the back will help children learn more. Brickman's awe-inspiring artwork was created by painting paper with watercolors, then cutting, sculpting and gluing the individual pieces of each collage. The result is an amazing feast of color and texture that brings the creatures to life and helps readers see how wings work. A must-have for every library collection.

 One Night in the Coral Sea by Sneed B. Collard, Robin Brickman (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 6-12, Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing 32 pages  Coral Sea.jpg (59778 bytes)
  (December 30, 2005)
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Hardcover: Charlesbridge Publishing (July 5, 2005)
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Share one of our planet's most dramatic events, the annual coral mass spawning event on Australia's Great Barrier Reef

On the Charlotte Award Master List for 2008
NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book
Recipient of the John Burroughs Award for nature writing

Editorial Review
From Children's Bookwatch - Superbly pictured in marvelous and colorful detail by Robin Brickman's cut-paper illustrations, One Night In The Coral Sea by science writer Sneed B. Collard III brings Australia's Great Barrier Reef to life for young readers ages 6 to 11. It is a night in the late spring just after the full moon and something is occurring that only happens once a year. Dozens of coral species simultaneously release thousands, millions, trillions of eggs and sperm into the sea. These then form new coral polyps that will settle onto the coral reef and form new colonies, extending the reach of the reef along the Australian coast. Enthusiastically recommended for both school and community library collections, One Night In The Coral Sea is an entertaining as it is informative.

Swallows In The Birdhouse (Paperback) by Stephen R. Swinburne (Author), Robin Brickman (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback: 32 pages Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (April 2005)

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Two children put up a birdhouse in their backyard and watch as a pair of tree swallows build a nest and raise six babies before migrating south in the fall. Includes information about tree swallows and about birdhouses.

Editorial Reviews
From School Library Journal   ...The strength of this simple book is its fascinating naturalistic illustrations, done in watercolors that have been cut, molded, and glued together to form three-dimensional sculptures that were then photographed. Cutaway and aerial views offer a look at what is going on inside the nesting box, as if one side of it were made of glass. A page of "fascinating facts" ("Before they migrate, tree swallows gather in great communal flights, sometimes 50,000 birds strong"); a quick guide to tree swallows (size, color, range, etc.); tips on how to attract them; and detailed instructions for building a birdhouse are appended.?Helen Rosenberg, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist  ... Art enthusiasts will be intrigued by Brickman's unusual super-realistic watercolor illustration... Lauren Peterson

Beaks! written by Sneed Collard III, Robin Brickman, Illustrator Charlesbridge Press, 32 pages, Reading level: Ages 4-8BookJacket_w=_title.jpg (533343 bytes)

  • IRA Teachers' Choice for 2003
  • Junior Library Guild Selection in 2002

Edition: School & Library Binding
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Edition: Paperback (July 2002)
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Make a "Beak" mask out of paper! Learn about the amazing shapes of bird beaks and why they look the way they do. Robin will talk about the variety of bird beak shapes explained in this new bird book. Then, students will have a chance to make a beak mask of their own, which they will take home.

Editorial Review
From Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2002 "The choice of artist was truly brilliant.... She provides spectacular watercolor and cut-paper collages that not only complement the text, but should cause gasps of wonder."

A Log's Life by Wendy Pfeffer, Robin Brickman (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8 School & Library Binding - 32 pages (September 1997) Simon & Schuster (Juv); rbLog.jpg (51800 bytes)

  • 2000 Giverny Award: The Best Children's Science Book
  • Junior Library Guild Selection in 1997
  • Gold Award from the International 3-D Awards Show


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Make a mural about the forest. This book is a beautifully written story about forest ecology. Robin will talk about the scientific research that went into illustrating the insects, animals, and plants shown in this book. Then, she will demonstrate her award-winning technique of cut, painted, hand-sculpted, and glued paper illustrations. Afterward, the students will create plants and creatures of the forest using paint, paper, and glue. Ms. Brickman will assemble a school mural using the student's artwork.

Starfish (Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science) by Edith Thacher Hurd, Robin Brickman (Illustrator) - 40 pages (May 2, 2000)    ISBN: 0060283564 Reading level: Ages 4-8 HarperCollins Children's Books; rb0060283564.01 (52569 bytes)

  • The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2001 edition
  • Scholastic Book Club Selection in 2002

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Make a mural about the creatures in the ocean. Learn about starfish and how they live. Robin will begin her presentation by reading the story and then demonstrating how to cut, paint, and hand shape the starfish out of paper. The students can then cut, color, and shape starfish and sea creatures out of paper. This book is written for ages 3-6, and is perfect for the youngest classes. Ms. Brickman will assemble a school mural using the student's artwork.

Editorial Reviews
From Booklist  "Excellent offerings for young ones beginning to read nonfiction."  

I Am an Artist by Pat Lowery Collins (Author), Robin Brickman (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 4-8, 32 pages, Publisher: Millbrook Press (March 1, 1994)

Are you an artist? Do you see the world around you in a special way? I Am an Artist shows you how, by simply observing the delights of nature, you can be inspired to create. Can you name the colors inside a seashell? You're an artist!

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal  "This lyrical, almost poetic, text puts forth the idea that art is a well as a manifestation in the form of a finished product." .

From Kirkus Reviews "A gentle, attractive nudge to the creative process..."




THE COMMUNITY MURAL is a project for all ages combining art and science. In this workshop Robin explains how she creates a painting for her books and demonstrates her art techniques. Then each student has an opportunity to make his or her own sculpted paper plants and animals. The mural includes everyone's creations and stays at the school, library, or museum. Murals workshops are "A Log's Life," "The Coral Sea," and other habitats


Robin Brickman
32 Fort Hoosac Place
Williamstown, MA 01267

Phone (413)-458-9853


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