By Tara M. Santoro
Tara Santoro grew up in a small New Jersey town known for being the home to the historic Gingerbread Castle. Her artistic skills developed from her childhood pastime of coloring in oversized coloring books to now creating whimsical images for everyone to enjoy. Tara’s preferred creative tools are colored pencils, watercolor, pen and ink. Her career goals include one day creating art for picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels. When not in her studio she teaches art to children and adults in her Eastern PA community. Tara is a member of SCBWI, CPSA, and the treasurer of the Emmaus Arts Commission. You can visit her website at www.imaginationcreationsbytms.com and follow her on Instagram (@TMSketches).
SUMMER STARTERS: Looking for new writing/illustrating ideas? Is the weather hot, but your mind cool? If so, then check out these prompts from award-winning children’s author (and EPA-SCBWI member) Tony Fredericks. Ready! Set! Go!
- Rizolli was an old man who lived in the upstairs apartment. One day Lizzy bumps into him on the stairway and says something she soon regrets.
- A boy sells raffle tickets in his neighborhood. Then, he knocks on Mr. Crenshaw’s door.
- A gay couple adopts a young girl from Korea.