K-2, 3-5, Middle school, High school
Storytelling, Visual Arts
ELA, The Arts
$400 per session, up to three sessions per day.
I love to share with young people the process of illustrating books. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many schools with great responses and rave reviews. Teachers and students alike have said that my presentations are “inspiring, lively and engaging.”
With Apple Keynote I start by sharing slides of my personal journey from childhood to becoming an illustrator. I believe that it’s important for young people to know that they can succeed even if they experience temporary setbacks along the way. Key points I emphasize are hard work, patience and education.
I show various slides of personal drawings and artwork along with the many steps involved in making a picture book such as reviewing the manuscript, research, sketches and creating artwork. I may bring sketchbooks, original artwork and various visual aids for children to see firsthand to get a better understanding of how I work.
The presentation last 35 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions. I conclude by inviting selected students to assist me in drawing a portrait. I’ll start with an oval shape then the students will draw different parts of the face and sign their name before sitting back down. Students have a lot of fun and we create an interesting character together. Presentations are modified according to grade level. I’m also available for Skype visits.
Painting Together: Creating Your Own Artwork
We select a particular theme to draw and paint. The theme may vary depending on the season, holiday, etc. The first 5-10 minutes we’ll discuss ideas of what to create. For the next 10-15 minutes kids will draw in pencil and then we paint the remainder of our time. I’ll walk around the room offering tips and suggestions for their artwork. I will send a recommended materials list in advance. Recommended for grades K-6
Historical Portrait: Learning While We Paint
Students will paint portraits of a historical person they research. When painting a portrait of someone it’s good to know something about him or her. Prior to my visit I will send a list of three famous people. Each student will select one to research and write a short paragraph. The first 20 minutes I instruct how to draw a face and the rest of the time we paint. I’ll walk around the room assisting students with their paintings. I will send a recommended materials list in advance. Recommended for grades 3-6