Hello! My name is Ronni Rose Swanson and I am a Designing Fairy. It is rumored I am part or mostly fairy (don’t tell) stuck in a human body, but I’ve said too much about that.
When I was a little fairy, I wrote and illustrated plays with character names like Dog for the dog character, and Duck for the duck. My work later evolved into creating puppet show extravaganzas for the younger neighborhood kids with my childhood best friend by my side. We called our company Spookhouse Players and wanted to create an experience for our audience. At the same time, in elementary school, I had a Speech Teacher (at the time I often replaced my "th" for "f's) that got me hooked on learning with fun. We kept composition notebooks filled with pictures, drawings, cut-outs and visual goodness that matched how I learned -- hands-on and creative, and very visual. That teacher took a tough subject and made it fun.
Fast forward today I am still drawing characters but they now have more interesting evolved names like Alabaster and Alfonz, and their wings or arms often move. I have a lot more training under my belt, including a newly attained Master's Degree in designing for learning, and with it, an expertise in e-learning, integrating technology, how people learn, and how fun=engagement=better learning. I would call myself an inventor creating design solutions for whatever format is needed: whether an activity book for kids that helps teach better problem solving, to a fairy deck that brings in your own intuitive answers, to online art classes that engage adults.
I do love creating for design education and have two decades of teaching art backing my designing. I believe art education should not only be fun, but should involve creative thinking, and bring a student to their own style and process.
Training & Publications:
I’m trained in Design (Associate's degree) and Art (Bachelor's degree) and I have a Graduate certification in Education Media Design through Full Sail University, and in Animation (Yavapai College). I recently was awarded my Master's of Science degree in Learning Technologies / Instructional Design from Drexel University.
For ten years I owned the pioneering online school for adults, Fairy Online School. I’m the published illustrator of activity books, Cooking Art (Gryphon House), Word Swirls (Element Children’s Books), creator of my own Healing Fairy Alphabet Deck and Comfort Cards for Transitions, and the best-selling Help! I’m Sensitive,
and book 2, Your Turtle Shell (selling under the name Ronni Ann Hall). My essays on creativity have appeared in Somerset Studio, and I was a frequent contritubutor to Hopscotch for Girls magazine.
My artistic role models include Ed Emberley (teaching drawing with fun), Lynda Barry (check out Syllabus and Making Comics), Tim Burton (his drawings rock), the late Jim Henson (genius mind who taught), and the late Edward Gorey (a marvel at pen and ink).
I love drawing sweets and discovered that I had a grandfather that was a baker.
I am barely five feet tall. Very fairy-like.
I can talk to dogs. No, seriously, I was a professional animal communicator for fourteen years. That experience is probably why I draw so many animals.
I am partial to tutus and dancing, anything dogs, and I have seen every episode of Project Runway. Oh, and I have a fairy tent.
I live in a house high up above the pine trees in Arizona with a sweet talking dog, a bloodhound toddler dog who steals stuffed animals, my supportive elf husband, and three creative fairy step-children who give me ideas, one of whom expects me to pay him big one day in book royalties.