In addition to learning the fundamentals of art and design, art student Jeffrey Shutt, age 6, will also earn a royalty for the licensed reproduction of his artwork "Butterfly" - now part of the 200+ images available for reproduction under the Kids-Did-It! Designs® brand. Jeffrey displays his watercolor as fellow artist, Stephen DeVito, looks on.
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Checks Unlimited Publishes
Kids-Did-It! Designs® Illustrations
Mini Matisses Learn and Earn with Licensing
San Diego, CA Four young California art students, ages 5, 6, 7 and 9, have become published artists now that their charming and colorful illustrations, Butterfly, Happy Sun, Frogs, and Earth have been reproduced as Kids-Did-It! personal checks and address labels, now available through www.ChecksUnlimited.com.
In addition to learning the fundamentals of art and design, Elyse Bobczynski (5), Jeffrey Shutt (6) Stephen DeVito (7) and Lauren Van Woy (9) also earn royalties for the reproduction of their artwork.
Checks Unlimited, the nation's leading direct-to-consumer check manufacturer with over 33 million customers, licensed the designs from the Kids-Did-It! Designs® collection made up of illustration created by the young students of California artist and art teacher, Michelle Abrams.
Throughout the summer, young children, ages 314, join Michelle for directed-drawing classes in her San Diego art studio. Her contagious love for the arts brings out the best from her enthusiastic young students, and the resulting illustrations are fresh, colorful, exuberant, and quite inspirational. After class, Michelle encourages parents and students to take their artwork off the refrigerator, enlarge it, frame it, and display it proudly throughout the house!
Michelle often compares the student artwork to those of the classics, describing their artwork as, "
quite colorful and strikingly beautiful - worthy of being called 'fine art' in the tradition of Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso or Miro."
Michelle's husband, Glenn, also a designer, was inspired to create Kids-Did-It! Properties, a business that collects, represents and reproduces the student artwork. So, aside from the thrill and satisfaction of being published, the young artists also earn a royalty for the licensed reproduction of their work.
Students often use the proceeds as extra allowance, or for college savings. "Some students have even framed their first royalty check!" says Glenn.
Now more than 200 of the most compelling illustrations are available for licensed reproduction under the Kids-Did-It! Designs® brand.
"The artwork is fresh, inspirational - very colorful and surprisingly sophisticated. It's a complete collection with a very broad appeal and we can easily adapt it for reproduction as a complete line on a variety of materials, including paper goods, textiles, clothing, household and soft-goods, ceramics, plush toys, giftware - let your imagination go!" says Glenn.
Checks Unlimited is not the first company to show interest in the Kids-Did-It! Designs® collection. American Greetings, Papel Giftware, Prentice Hall, Houghton-Mifflin, PAK2000, and The Covenant House (as part of their find raising efforts) have all published Kids-Did-It! Designs® artwork on items ranging from books, cards and stationary to holiday giftware. To date, more than 29 students have been published through Kids-Did-It!.
More information, as well as thumbnail-sized images of the current Kids-Did-It! Designs® illustration collection can be found on-line at: www.kidsdidit.com
The Kids-Did-It! personal check package is available to consumers on-line at http://www.kidsdidit.com/ChecksUnlimited.shtml
In 1979, Glenn Abrams graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Since then, he has produced, designed, directed or managed a wide variety of creative multi-media, marketing communication and entertainment projects - the most memorable include serving as Producer on Microsoft's Windows95 Launch Event/Expo and Broadcast with Bill Gates and Jay Leno; Michael Jackson's World HIStory Tour 3D VR opening animation; the introduction of the Lexus LS400; and the first interactive CD-ROM for the Toyota RAV4.
In 1996, capitalizing on his marketing-communications and production experience, Glenn partnered with his wife, Michelle, to create Kids-Did-It! Properties, a small San Diego business that licenses reproduction-rights to their growing Kids-Did-It! Designs® collection of surprisingly sophisticated and beautiful illustrations created by Michelle's young art students, ages 3 14. In addition to learning the fundamentals of art and design, each young artist also earns a royalty for the reproduction of their work.
Abrams Art Studio
Art Director and Instructor, Michelle Abrams has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University, and a broad range of experience in the creative arts, including animating for Sesame Street, serving as a Creative Director while in Los Angeles, managing her own San Diego illustration, design and animation studio, and most recently, creating watercolor paintings and teaching fine art to adults and young children.
Michelles professional experience and contagious love for the arts brings out the best from the imaginative and enthusiastic minds of young students during her directed-drawing classes.
As the first major direct-mail check printer, 'Current Checks' was established in 1986 to offer quality checks at an exceptional value with a wide choice of designs. Their check line began with 13 designs and has changed and expanded over the years to meet their customers' needs and desires, as well as shifting market trends. Presently, 'Checks Unlimited' offers 60 varied personal check designs plus a full line of address labels, check accessories, and business checks all at an excellent value. Today, 'Checks Unlimited' is the nation's leading direct-check manufacturer with over 33 million Customers.
For additional information, please contact
Glenn Abrams: g a b r a m s @ k i d s d i d i t . c o m | +1 (619) 523-5277