Artist & Illustrator Rafael Lopez speaks to students

Celebrated artist and illustrator Rafael Lopez visited Schodack CSD on April 5 where he inspired students of all grades with his passion for art.

Visiting with Maple Hill High School students in the morning, Mr. Lopez learned about a class project to create a children’s book. As groups of students explained how they wrote and edited the book and plan to illustrate and digitally design it, Mr. Lopez asked how they felt about the project and were putting it together.

“I think it’s great that you’re collaborating,” said Mr. Lopez as he looked approvingly at the student drawings.

Speaking with 7th and 8th graders, Mr. Lopez encouraged students to embrace who they are and let that guide their art. He praised students for artwork they had on display that they prepared for his visit, emulating his work by creating imagery that tells a story.

“We all have a powerful story. That’s what’s great about art, that you get to express those feelings. You find your way through life and art is a great way to do that,” Mr. Lopez told students.

Mr. Lopez spent the rest of the day at Castleton Elementary School, speaking to groups of students about his process for illustrating books and how his personal story of growing up in Mexico City influences his art.

“That’s what’s great about being an illustrator. There is no limit to what you can imagine,” said Mr. Lopez.

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