School Visits/Arts-in-Ed

I love meeting my readers.  Whether visiting a group of children in a local public school classroom or a compound in a faraway  African city, I like to imagine I’m building bridges:  between classroom studies, the world of publishing, and the many subjects of my books.  My multicultural titles inspire students in the areas of history and global studies.  My nature books connect easily to curricula in science.  My concept books give kids lots of ideas for writing and art.  My programs may be tailored to fit any age group or area of study.  For older students and/or longer sessions, hands-on activities in book production and illustration are offered.

I am available for single sessions, half and full day programs, and longer residencies.  Through BOCES, parent-teacher associations, library programs, and individual grants, I’ve taught in numerous schools in New York state, including a unique 3-year arts-in-ed program piloted through Bard College with a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts.  For more information, please contact me directly by emailing

Here are some testimonials:

“I am very pleased with Durga’s visit and accomplishments in our classroom.  The children and I truly learned so much about illustration and the job of an illustrator.  The children were able to apply all the skills they learned to complete a fantastic project that they are so proud of and that they will remember for the rest of their lives.” – Linda Kuhn, 1st grade teacher, Red Hook Central Schools
“I was very impressed with the incredible amount of information Durga presented throughout the day.  The students were excited about learning, eager to explore solutions and proud of their final work.  It’s no wonder that many of them selected Durga’s workshop as their favorite choice on the final evaluation sheet.” – Joyce Ann Wlodarzyk, Gifted & Talented Enrichment Specialist, Onteora Central Schools

Durga in Guinea, West Africa, reading "Trouble"

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