Drawing Life with Amanda Calatzis



Norman Rockwell Museum (9 MA-183, Stockbridge, MA 01262, Stockbridge MA)



Single Episode: $5

Full series: $50 (12 episodes)

New Online Series

Drawing Life featuring American Illustrators from Norman Rockwell’s Studio

Drawing Life with Amanda Calatzis from Norman Rockwell’s Studio

Air Date: June 15, 2023

An online and on-demand program of sketching and conversation about creative expression, the power of persuasion, and the people’s art.

Wonder. Storytelling. Human Connection. From a converted carriage barn on South Street in Stockbridge, MA, Norman Rockwell painted his way into the hearts and lives of people around the world. In this Studio—his last and “best yet”—Rockwell’s imaginative artistry established a legacy of creativity that continues to inspire artists and visitors alike. Today, illustration art is everywhere: books and graphic novels, editorials and advertising, video games and the metaverse, posters, comics, clothing, and tattoos.

This monthly series of on-demand programs features leading illustrators from across the United States demonstrating their craft and discussing ways in which published illustration reflects and shapes society, and advances social good.


Amanda (Moeckel) Calatzis is a children’s book author and illustrator. Her book, Mister Rogers’ Gift of Music (Written by Donna Cangelosi, Page Street Kids, 2022), received a starred review from Booklist, as well as recognition from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly. It is featured in the Society of Illustrators’ Original Art Show of 2022. Her debut book was Khalida and the Most Beautiful Song (Page Street Kids, 2018).

She studied Painting at American University, and received an M.F.A. in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. She balances book-making with mothering two young children and painting portraits of peoples’ pets via her website, MyAnimalArt.com. She works in her home studio in the Hudson Valley of NY.

Visit AmandaCalatzis.com for additional information.