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StoryMakers with Roxie Munro | MASTERPIECE MIX

StoryMakers with Roxie Munro MASTERPIECE MIX

StoryMakers host Rocco Staino interviews Roxie Munro, the author and illustrator of MASTERPIECE MIX! Learn more about how you can get inspiration to create a masterpiece on this episode!



37 masterpieces inspire an artist in this introduction to art history that includes a search-and-find game.
Using works from the National Gallery of Art by Vincent Van Gogh, Marie Cassatt, Edward Hopper, and others, Roxie Munro has created an innovative introduction to art. As an artist contemplates her next painting, she introduces genres and subjects, showcasing reproductions of great works. The sweeping painting she creates cleverly incorporates all 37 pieces she has considered. Children can have fun finding the masterpieces in her painting and learn more about the artists in the notes in the back matter.


Roxie is the author/illustrator of more than 40 nonfiction and concept books for children, many using “gamification” to encourage reading, learning, and engagement. Her books have been translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese.Roxie was born in Texas, and grew up in southern Maryland, by the Chesapeake Bay. At the age of six, she won first prize in a county-wide contest for a painting of a bowl of fruit. She has been a working artist all her life, for a while freelancing in Washington DC as a television courtroom artist. It was great training for life drawing, concentration under pressure, and making deadlines. Clients included CBS, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press. Fourteen of her paintings have been published as covers of The New Yorker magazine.She also creates oils, watercolors, prints, and drawings, primarily cityscapes, which are exhibited widely in the US in galleries and museums. Roxie’s work is in numerous private, public, and corporate collections.Roxie Munro studied at the University of Maryland, the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore), earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Hawaii, attended graduate school at Ohio University (Athens), and received a Yaddo Fellowship in Painting. She lectures in museums, schools, libraries, conferences, and teaches in workshops.Many oils and watercolors are views from the roof of her sky-lighted loft studio in Long Island City, New York, just across the East River from her home in mid-Manhattan. Roxie is married to the Swedish writer/photographer, Bo Zaunders.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Roxie Munro

Thanks so much, Rocco and KidLIt TV – what wonderful and creative programs you do for authors and illustrators, and how great you are to work with! I hope that teachers, librarians, parents, and children learn a lot. If I had had programs like this when I was a child, or as an author/illustrator starting out, it would have been so helpful!

Kid Lit TV Commenter Julie Gribble

Hey Roxie! We’re so happy to provide engaging programs that help kids learn about great books like yours, too! It’s always a joy to chat with you about your art!

Kid Lit TV Commenter Karen Lawler

I truly enjoyed this video. We all must learn something every day and you just did it for me! Thank You. :)


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