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Bedwetting and Accidents Aren't Your Fault, Why potty accidents happen and how to make them Stop, By Steven Rogers with Suzanne Schlosberg, illustrated by Cristina Acosta

Illustrating Children’s Books

Hispanic Childrens Book illustrated by Latina artist Cristina Acosta“Acosta illustrates the tale with swirling, thick-lined tropical scenes in which form takes second place to vibrant, emphatic color.  The eye-catching visuals. . . and the author’s natural-sounding language. . . make the tale a promising candidate for reading aloud.”
Booklist, October 1998

Growing up the oldest child in a family of seven children, books were my salvation. I could open a book and shut out the rest of the world. Reading was not only my way to lose myself, it led me to find myself.
As a very young child I remember  staring at the images in books, imagining myself in those worlds. As I grew up, I continually read to my younger siblings, often memorizing entire books, especially my favorite Dr. Seuss titles. I feel such gratitude to the artists and writers that crafted the beautiful and expansive words and pictures that were those books. They led me to my life as an artist and writer.

Illustrating books was on my life list, and something that I enjoy doing.

When I became a  mother, it was important to me to contribute to a book that would influence my daughter’s life. Susan Strauss wrote When Woman Became the Sea, a Hispanic creation story (based on myths from the indigenous people of Costa Rica), and I illustrated it. When I read my dedication of  that book to my daughter I feel gratitude and pride to be a member of the group of authors and illustrators that have so positively influenced generations of children.

See my art book Paint Happy! (North Light Books ©2002, 2004) for examples of my art and instruction concepts.

Paint Happy, art instructional how to paint book by artist Cristina Acosta, ©2002, 2004, North  Light Books
Paint Happy, art instructional how to paint book by artist Cristina Acosta, ©2002, 2004, North Light Books

To explore writing and/or illustrating your own Children’s literature check out the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators SCBWI.

When Woman Became the Sea (Beyond Words Publishing, Hillsboro, OR©1998) is out of print. You may be able to find a used copy on Amazon.

Paint Happy by Cristina Acosta

Artist Cristina Acosta Teaches Students How to Paint Happy

More than technique, more than practice Cristina tries to remind beginners that being

creative involves a mind-set. “It’s about being generous with yourself and putting yourself in alignment with the largest creative energy in the world. It is amazing, but that energy will flow right through you.” 

Cristina Acosta, quoted in Paint Decor Magazine, Winter 2004

Painting encourages creativity and intuition
Painting encourages creativity and intuition

I began teaching at an early age, teaching skiing and swimming at the local mountain resort in Southern California when I was a teenager. As I grew in my artistry, I taught a variety of art classes and workshops, including a five year stint teaching drawing and painting classes at Central Oregon Community College, in Bend, Oregon.

Currently I look at my articles and books as the main method with which I continue to teach. Occasionally, I will teach a week-long workshop. I usually base the curriculum on my book Paint Happy! , though I have taught

Sidewalk Chalk Kids Art Class by Cristina Acosta
Art Festival chalk art for kids event led by Cristina

some workshops introducing students to the Hispanic art of the Ex-Voto Retablo — a form of art used to express gratitude.
I also enjoy giving presentations to organizations. In the past I’ve taught sessions at Maryhill Museum of Art in Washington State and for various arts organizations .

  • You are welcome to contact me regarding teaching for your organization.
  • If you are not representing an organization and would like me to teach you over the phone and internet, we can set up a plan and the price.