“The assembly affirmed for me that it was possible to be a professional illustrator when I grew up,” Bixby said.
The first workshop is entitled “An Introduction to the world of Illustration with Sean Bixby” and will be offered on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. for children ages 8 to 12.
In March he will offer a two-part series called “Intro to Comics with Sean Bixby.” Intended for children ages 8 to 14, the two sessions of the workshop will be on consecutive Thursdays, March 13, and March 20 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Although the workshop registration is filling, there remains space, according to Tracy Shaw, associate youth services librarian.
“Sean is great with the kids and he has ties to the community. He shows that somebody from a small town can do wonderful things. He is great because he continues to give back to his community. Even though he has moved on, he never forgets his roots in Merrimac,” she said.
Bixby is a 2007 graduate from the Art School of Hartford in Hartford, Conn. In 2007 his art was selected from among the notebooks of all current student illustrators by school alum James Dongweck. Dongweck was at work on his second children’s book and wanted to use a graduate of the school for the illustrations.
Bixby and Dongweck went on to win a silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for their book “The Uncrossable Canyon.” They have just published a sequel entitled “The Goblin’s Story.” Both books are available through Golden Monkey Publishing, through www.seanbixby.com and locally at the Book Rack.
The workshops are free and open to the public with registration at 978-346-9441. They are paid for with state aid to public library grant money.