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The official web site of Dar (Hosta) James, artist, author, illustrator & educator.

Artist In Residence


What's an Artist-In-Resident Program?

There are different types of Artist in Residence programs that you could host at your school. Watch the video below that explains my Deluxe Publishing Artist in Residence program.


An Artist In Residence Program is an extended school visit where, generally, one grade level gets to work with me numerous times in a more intensive hands-on experience.

Grades 2-6 will benefit most from an AIR program and, during the course of three or more days, be involved in the very same steps that I go through to produce my picture books:painting collage paper, writing with alliteration and rhyme, and illustrating their writing through cut paper collage. It’s a way of really being a writer and an illustrator WITH a writer and an illustrator! The repeated sessions allow me and the children to get to know each other in a great way.

Many of the schools I visit each year are schools who have adopted this format and have me back year after year to work with a particular grade level, sometimes pairing it with a special Kindergarten program where children are first introduced to me and my work. Click HERE to download my Artist In Residence Brochure.

My DELUXE PUBLISHING feature adds the publication of a real book to each participating class in the residency. Available in both hardcover and softcover, these beautiful books take your residency to the ultimate level and become treasured keepsakes for children, parents, and school staff. Click below to see a sample of one of these terrific books.



If you are interested in an Artist In Residence Program for your school, just contact me and I will create a customized proposal for you that includes all sessions, expenses and options for a terrific program. Many schools run these programs through grant funding that they apply for in advance of the actual visit.
My AIR Programs fulfill a number of curriculum STANDARDS!