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Connie Vandermay/FOCUS Gary Harbo last week showed students at New York Mills Elementary School how to sketch cartoon animals. It was Harbo's second trip to NY Mills, the first being in 2007.

Illustrator gives NYM students a lesson in sketching

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Minnesota children's author and illustrator Gary Harbo visited New York Mills Elementary School last week, inspiring young artists in kindergarten through sixth grade with a lesson on how to draw cartoon characters.


During five separate sessions throughout the day, Harbo walked kids step-by-step through the process of creating a cartoon deer, moose, bear and cat. He showed kids how to add personality to sketches, and each child went home with his or her own special creation.

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