About the Artist/Author
As a native Californian, Debora Gillman's love of nature and the arts was greatly enhanced by two years abroad on kibbutz in Israel during her high school years.
She graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz with a major in French Literature and a minor in art. She has also studied art at UCLA and Otis. She was the Executive Director of the Park La Brea Arts Council and is on the staff of The ARTery USA. She contributes to the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition's community events and is a past member of the Hancock Park Arts Council. She worked at the Anti-Defamation League for 32 years in community service and contributed her artwork to this leading human relations organization.
Currently, a member of the staff of the Park La Brea Activity Center, Debora Gillman teaches workshops for children and adults at Park La Brea. She has also done so at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, and at local public libraries. "Debi Doodles" is the popular name for her After School Arts & Crafts Program at Park La Brea that meets twice a month. These workshops are posted on www.Facebook/parklabrea.com & www.Facebook/DebiDoodlesART.com
In 2011, Debora published her second illustrated book about art for young and more mature readers alike, entitled DRAWING FROM THE MASTERS. Please see:
Debora and her mom, Miriam Gillman, have co-authored and co-illustrated the third children's book, "An Un-bear-able Situation: Bears and the Environment." It is available at www.Xlibris.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.
About THE PAINTER'S DREAM
I am currently facilitating workshops based on my illustrated children's book, THE PAINTER'S DREAM. In my workshops for young children, we read my book out loud together; they color the matching coloring book; and the transfer coloring book pages onto blank puzzle sheets to create their own puzzles.
The story and exercises are learning tools for children about art and creativity. We learn about spontaneity and the element of chance in the creative process.
The intentional repetition of colors and shapes make this story an educational vehicle in the arts. The bright illustrations add greatly to the text.
Synopsis: A fantasy story about a King, Queen and their painter which shows how the heavens, moon, sun and stars were created. The King and Queen were bored looking at the empty sky night after night. So, they asked their young painter to create something. The story relates and illustrates the painter's various creative attempts, until one day, quite by accident, she creates something that the King and Queen love and from there she creates the heavens, sun, moon, stars and planets.
Since the publication of THE PAINTER'S DREAM, I have directed workshops for young children at:
The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), Los Angeles
Edendale Library, Silverlake
Park La Brea Activity Center, Los Angeles
Hancock Park School, Los Angeles
It is my goal to reach as many people - teachers, educators, parents, and children alike - with THE PAINTER'S DREAM.
Please contact me through this website or directly at [email protected] if you are interested.
Thank you and Happy Doodling!
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