In Mende, the Var illustrator Maïlys Garcia shares her passion for her art with schoolchildren

On Tuesday, June 7, cycle 2 students from the Terres Bleues school enthusiastically received French illustrator Maïlys Garcia, an artist from Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer (Var).

Passionate about drawing ever since she had a pencil in her hand, she left her native seaside village to continue her studies in animation at the School of Animation Cinema (EMCA) in Angoulême, then at the Ecole des Gobelins in Paris.

She specializes in illustration and concept art and settles in Canada. She lives and works in Quebec and has illustrated two children’s books on the theme of accepting difference. The little queen with the red nose by Frederick Wolfe and Similar… or almost, by Marie-Claude Audet, both published by Quebec America.

The students tried their hand at illustration.

The theme of adapting to difference is dear to this school, which makes it a reality through its class in Ulis (localized unit for inclusive education) and implements it on a daily basis with its students. Moreover, one of the classes had fun taking pictures, like the album Same… or almost these adaptations in place in the school.

The illustrator particularly welcomed this work, which reminded her of her collaboration with the author. Maïlys presented her drawings and explained her way of working, while answering students’ questions before launching them into a collective and cooperative production in the manner of the exquisite corpse.

Through this meeting, the teaching team wanted to arouse the curiosity of its students, promote understanding of the tool of drawing and illustration. Through her passionate presentation, Maïlys will undoubtedly have given these young students a taste for drawing, and perhaps even given birth to vocations.

The students were able to meet the author, Maïlys Garcia.

The students were able to meet the author, Maïlys Garcia.

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