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Design school publishes anti-gun violence children’s books




Art Center teacher and graduate Patrick Hruby works with Washington Accelerated Elementary fourth grader Tandy Ellis paint the words,
Art Center teacher and graduate Patrick Hruby works with Washington Accelerated Elementary fourth grader Tandy Ellis paint the words, "Earth Day," during a poster-making workshop at the La Pintoresca Library on Tuesday.
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Art Center teacher and graduate Patrick Hruby works with Washington Accelerated Elementary fourth grader Tandy Ellis paint the words,
Washington Elementary fourth grader Tae Brooks draws Naruto Uzumaki, a character from a Japanese manga series. This is the fifth workshop put on by Art Center and the Pasadena Public Library.
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Art Center teacher and graduate Patrick Hruby works with Washington Accelerated Elementary fourth grader Tandy Ellis paint the words,
The program is called "Uncool," and workshops are centered around anti-gun violence. After reading an illustrated book, kids make posters depicting things and activities that are "cool."
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Art Center teacher and graduate Patrick Hruby works with Washington Accelerated Elementary fourth grader Tandy Ellis paint the words,
La Pintoresca Librarian Diane Walker accompanies fourth graders from Washington Accelerated Elementary School to the poster-making workshop on Tuesday. Kids from schools across Pasadena attended.
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Art Center teacher and graduate Patrick Hruby works with Washington Accelerated Elementary fourth grader Tandy Ellis paint the words,
Pasadena Waldorf School second graders Isis Eric, 7, left, and Sadie Neville, 8, wait as Patrick Hruby passes out poster paper. Neville enthusiastically raises her hand to answer a question.
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Art Center teacher and graduate Patrick Hruby works with Washington Accelerated Elementary fourth grader Tandy Ellis paint the words,
Patrick Hruby fills palates with paint before the poster-making workshop. The "Uncool" program was put together in memory of an Art Center teacher, Norm Schureman, who was a victim of gun violence.
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Art Center teacher and graduate Patrick Hruby works with Washington Accelerated Elementary fourth grader Tandy Ellis paint the words,
Washington Accelerated Elementary fifth grader Keeyah Dixon reads a book for inspiration before painting a clown on her poster.
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The Art Center College of Design, usually known for graduating hotshot illustrators and car designers, has inserted itself into one of the most pressing issues facing this country: Gun violence. 

The Pasadena institution recently published a series of children's books that illustrate what a gun-free world could look like. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez reports.