Keiryn uses her creative mind to solve the creativity exercises in Oodles of Doodles.

Creston child artists signing Oodles of Doodles

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  • Dec. 15, 2011 5:00 p.m.

When was the last time you had the chance to have a book signed by 10 kids? Probably about the same time you came across a book that 10 kids helped to produce.

Oodles of Doodles was produced in the fall by children’s art teacher and graphic artist Brandy Dyer.

“In September, my students at Art Classes for Kids worked very hard creating doodles and scribbles for a book that I was producing,” she said.

“I encouraged them to think outside the box and to scribble outside the lines. I’m pretty sure their parents were wondering what the heck I was up to and questioned whether or not this book was going to come together in the end!”

The book did come together, though, with the generous support of the Creston and District Credit Union, which paid for the production costs. That support means that all proceeds from the book’s sales go directly into a scholarship fund for Art Classes for Kids to sponsor classes for children who don’t have the financial resources to attend.

“The book’s purpose is to inspire creativity,” Dyer explained. “It’s chock full of creativity exercises and challenges. Did you know that creativity promotes independence, communication, courage, and self-esteem?”

Designed for use by children from seven to 12, Oodles of Doodles makes a great stocking stuffer that will help bring out the creativity in any child. And wouldn’t it be even more inspiring for the young artist on your Christmas list to see that it has been signed by the kids who helped create it?

Dyer and students Alisha Ramsay, Jesika and Elizabeth Troughton, Erika and Olivia Wiklund, Emily Wierenga, Keiryn and Kienna Dyer, Katie Foy and Sophie Casemore will be at Creston Card and Stationery on Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. They will be signing books and helping to raise funds, too.

“The kids who created this book got to learn all about other kids in need and how the scholarship fund works,” Dyer said. “They were thrilled to contribute if it meant that they would improve the lives of their peers.”

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