Episode 15: Artist In Residence Programs, A Conversation With Joyce Hesselberth

Episode 15:


Bonnie and Shanda interview author-illustrator, Joyce Hesselberth, about her experience doing an artist in residence program in collaboration with a school.

Joyce Hesselberth is the author-illustrator of several artful educational books including:  Mapping Sam, Pitter Pattern, and Shape Shift. Joyce also has a brand new beautiful book out called Beatrice Was A Tree.

Fun fact: Joyce is another agency sister of mine!

Let’s get to it! … Questions we asked Joyce:

  • To start, we’d love to hear about your new book, Beatrice Was A Tree, and the inspiration behind it!
  • So I was super intrigued when you told me you were doing an artist-in-residency with a school… What exactly is that? And can you tell us about your recent experience doing it in partnership with a school?
  • What (in your opinion) does the school/students benefit from a program like this vs. a one day school visit?
  • How should artists go about pricing something like this? And who sets it up … librarian, art teacher, principal, PTA? 
  • Have you ever heard of an “author in residence” program? And what could that look like for non-artist writers?
  • Joyce, do you also offer single day visits and virtual visits? And which is your favorite?
  • Do you have any other advice for authors, illustrators, or educators about trying an artist in residence program?

Thank you SO much for chatting with us, Joyce!

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