Award Winning Author and Illustrator David Macaulay to Visit Old Trail School

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Old Trail School will host award winning author and illustrator David Macaulay at the School April 8-9, 2015 as part of the School’s visiting author/illustrator program. During the visit, Macaulay will work with students and give a public presentation about book making.

Old Trail School will host award winning author and illustrator David Macaulay at the School April 8-9, 2015 as part of the School’s visiting author/illustrator program. During Macaulay’s visit to the School, he will meet with groups of students speak with students (Grades 7 and 8) parents and members of the public about the basic book making process from concept to printing. He will also donate one of his original works to the School’s Visiting Author/Illustrator Gallery.

Macaulay is a British-born American illustrator and writer whose most famous works include Cathedral (1973), The Way Things Work (1988) and The New Way Things Work (1998). His illustrations have been featured in popular nonfiction books (architecture, design, engineering) and he received the MacArthur Fellows Program Award in 2006 and the Caldecott Medal in 1991 for Black and White.

Macaulay will present “Basic Book Making – Concept to Printing” at the School (2315 Ira Road, Akron OH 44333) on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required. Contact the School (admission(at)oldtrail(dot)org or 330.666.1118 X314) and include name, contact information and number of people attending. The author will sign books after his presentation and several titles will be available to purchase at the event.

Old Trail School students (kindergarten through grade five) will be in group presentations led by Mr. Macaulay during his visit. Students in Grade 6 will have an intensive workshop that incorporates their study of one-point perspective including horizon lines, vanishing points and orthogonal lines. These students will begin preparation for this unique workshop with Mr. Macaulay when they visit Chicago in mid-March. During this class trip, students will take architectural photographs and then apply a grid to one of their photos and create a scale drawing of a section that they will work on with Macaulay.

Macaulay received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and spent his fifth year at RISD in the European Honors Program, studying in Rome, Herculaneum and Pompeii. His books have sold more than two million copies in the U.S., have been translated into a dozen languages, and have been widely praised. His numerous awards include the MacArthur Fellows Program award, the Caldecott Medal, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, the Washington Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, the Dutch Silver Slate Pencil Award, and the Bradford Washburn Award, presented by the Museum of Science in Boston to an outstanding contributor to science.

Macaulay will visit Kent State University later that week to receive the 2015 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award as part of the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literal for Youth. The Conference provides a forum for discussion of multicultural themes and issues for children and young adults and this year’s theme is “Building Global Citizens Through Literature.” Mr. Macaulay will give a keynote address during the conference.

Old Trail School is an independent, coeducational day school for students aged two through grade eight. Located in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Bath, Ohio, the School offers a personal, nurturing and academically challenging liberal arts program to students and families in a five-county region that emphasizes excellence in academics, athletics and the arts.

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