Recently, my school asked me to redesign a coloring book that they give as a welcome packet to potential Pre-K and Kindergarten students. The book is supposed to show a day in the life and ease the anxiety a four-year-old child may have about visiting a new place. The problem with asking me to make illustrations that represent a diverse student population was that, at the time, I was taking a grad class on diversity and very much in the throes of struggling with all the "isms" of society. Racism, sexism, etc. are tough topics and understanding how they operate subliminally in an educational setting is even more unsettling. I felt like Atlas with the weight of the world on my shoulders when I first begin sketching! How was I going to make effective multicultural representations in a coloring book?!
|I based my drawings on many different students|
|This drawing of their toys was one of the most fun to make! Blocks, Legos, painting, play kitchen, dress up, etc.!|
|I kept the same eight kids in all the drawings--4 boys and 4 girls of varying and sometimes indiscernible |
ethnicities and races.