Wilde Kreaturen
(Wild Creatures)

Children's story time afternoon and drawing workshop
with Sebastian Meschenmoser

Mr Squirrel, Pug Man, Gordon and Tapir – the Berlin-based artist, children's book author and illustrator Sebastian Meschenmoser is the creator of numerous popular picture book animal characters. His books have been translated into sixteen languages; Sebastian Meschenmoser has been nominated for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis ('German Children's Literature Award') several times. Born in Frankfurt / Main in 1980, he trained at the academies of art in Mainz and Dijon. Most recently, his illustrations for the 2019 reissue of the classic children's book The Neverending Story by Michael Ende attracted much attention.

His drawing and storytelling approach to his characters is always a reflection of his finely honed observation skills and his ability to draw incredibly precise portraits of them with considerable empathy and a profound sense of humour. Children as well as adults love his work. The impressive visual artistry and literary quality of his works inspired the foundation to invite Sebastian Meschenmoser to Neuhardenberg for a children's story time afternoon for young and older children, followed by a drawing workshop.

After an illustrated reading from several children's books by the author and artist himself,  all visitors are invited to learn more about Sebastian Meschenmoser's approach to finding his characters. Afterwards, they are encouraged to come up with their own creative solutions.

The event will be accompanied by an exhibition featuring some of the artist's 'wild creatures' in the foyer of the Great Hall.