Artist in Residence


The CTE Media Center welcomed award winning children’s book illustrator, muralist, and designer Tara Calahan King in October as our Artist in Residence. King visited Cherry Tree October 22,23, 26, 27, and 28.

Recognized by the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly and The School Library Journal, King is known for her quirky, yet endearing, characters and odd perspectives. Her books include the highly popular Enemy Pie, Odd Velvet and Max’s Big Day. She is a frequent presenter at schools and libraries, promoting art, literacy and creativity through activities that inspire imagination.

Bethany Teeple, CTE Library Media Specialist, said, “I have always been a huge fan of Tara Calahan King’s unique work. Her bold, colorful illustrations and characters are engaging and bring the story to life. We are so excited to hear from an illustrator this year and to learn about the other important half of the picture book making process.”  When Ms. Teeple began researching the artist, she was quite surprised to discover King is a fellow Hoosier, which makes her visit even more special! 

All Cherry Tree students spent one class period with King. She introduced students to
the book making process and characters she has created as well as demonstrated various artistic
media and techniques. She also engaged students in an interactive group activity to encourage
character development and sketched their ideas to create original characters.

The Artist in Residence program provides CTE students added exposure to a variety of art forms and cultures. The program is funded by the PTO and rotates among the specials classrooms. We are pleased to have welcomed Tara Calahan King this year!