Catching Crooks, One Sketch at a Time
Retiree's talent for drawing puts her on new career path
IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, retired art teacher Shirley Forpe has captured a number of criminals- on paper, that is. Forpe is the forensic composite artist for the Palatine (111.) Police Department.
Armed with charcoal pencils and a sketchpad, Forpe can render an accurate image for the police within an hour.
"Drawings are not like photographs," she explains. "Photographs are unforgivmg; the photo either looks like the person or it doesn't. Drawing is more forgiving; I can make adjustments, or I can catch something that rings a bell for people," says Forpe, a former president of the NW Suburban Teachers Union in …
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Publication information: Article title: Catching Crooks, One Sketch at a Time. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: American Teacher. Volume: 94. Issue: 1 Publication date: September 2009. Page number: 17. © American Federation of Teachers Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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