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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lisa Cinelli  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

Cinelli grew up in the Chicago area. She has a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also teaches Children's Book Illustration at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches at Marwen Foundation, a Chicago based Arts Program for grades 6-12. Cinelli currently resides in Highland Park, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cinelli is a painter, author/illustrator and teaching artist. She grew up in and around Chicago, Illinois. At an early age she learned to navigate public transportation, notebook and pencil in hand, and often visited one of her favorite places in the world, The Art Institute of Chicago, where she has taught since 1994. She has also developed and teaches workshops for high school students in the Chicago Metropolitan Area participating in one of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Fairchild Challenges.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Josefina, the Christmas Cow: A Tale of Hope and Faith
ISBN: 0929636473

Syren Book Company / Hotdish Publishing. 2005

Josefina, a brown china cow quietly sits upon the fireplace mantel in the small house of the woman who has loved and cared for her since Josefina arrived in a gift box, on Christmas long ago. Cat, a tiny ceramic Siamese feline, joins Josefina on the mantel one happy Christmas, some time later. Together, they observe the woman as she lovingly raises a family, watch the children grow up and move away, only to return at Christmas. Then one dark and snowy holiday season, no one comes. Not even the woman. What happens next will test not only the patience and endurance of the two friends, but their strength of heart and spirit.

Speaking Engagements

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Workshop Titles

  • Book Arts Let’s Make Books!!!

    Create one-of-a-kind handmade books. Experiment with a variety of bookmaking examples and fill them with words and pictures.

  • Collaged Accordion Books

    Which comes first, the words or the pictures?Using poetry exercises and mixed media, students of all ages enjoy creating three dimensional accordion books.

  • Teaching Materials and Techniques in Children’s Book Illustration

    Participants investigate the connection of words and pictures on a page to the stories told in a picture book. Hands on workshops explore art materials and techniques used in Children's Book Illustration. Workshops are adaptable for all ages and grade levels Elementary, K-8; Secondary, 9-12; College Level; Professional Development and Adult Workshops. Contact Lisa Cinelli for workshop fees and schedules.