I was at an annual meeting yesterday afternoon for My Own Book Fund, an organization for which I volunteer. We meet with 3rd graders in over 40 schools, in all 5 boroughs of New York City, and share our love of reading and books. We then meet each class at a local Barnes and Noble bookstore and help each child select $50 worth of their "own books." For many, it is the first time they have been in a bookstore - or owned any books. I love going to the meeting to hear the annual progress report and plans for expansion for the next year.
Yesterday we also celebrated the National Book Foundation 2011 Innovation in Reading Prize that was given to Burt Freeman who set up the foundation and the program. Four organizations were given the award out of nearly 120 applications!
I had lots of time to sketch other volunteers in the audience - and I cut my drawings from the meeting agenda and pasted them on a pre-painted background when I got home. The first lesson in the free online Strathmore Workshop 3 with Roz Stendahl was all about prepainting backgrounds in sketchbooks and journals. She used acrylic for most of her samples. I used watercolor.