Elementary & Middle Schools Visits
I love kids and books! So, putting them together is my best day ever! I take great pleasure in speaking with kids about reading, writing, illustrating and the world of books. I have been working as an illustrator since 2009 and have created books with Compendium, Balzer & Bray, FSG-Macmillan, Knopf and Random House. My latest book All Are Welcome was a New York Times Bestsellers and I have been fortunate to receive portfolio honors for my work. When speaking to students, I want them to leave inspired to write and illustrate their stories because their stories matter. In my presentation, I show them how a book is made from start to finish, as well as do live drawing to keep them interested and having fun throughout!
All Are Welcome
Presentation: Inspiration behind the book. Showing the Picture Book Process from Start to Finish, Read Aloud of All Are Welcome, Ending with a fun and interactive
Q and A time
(Extra hour- optional) Illustration Workshop - I have the students go through the steps of making a book, reading the story, thumb nailing, and starting there very first illustration
Presentation: Inspiration behind the book. Showing the Picture Book Process from Start to Finish, Read Aloud of 100 Bugs
Drawing Demo of how to draw simple bugs.
Q and A time
(Extra hour- optional) Illustration Workshop - I have the students make simple mono print lady bugs from found objects in their kitchen.
If you're interested in setting up a visit for your school please email me at email@example.com
Kid & Family Workshop - How to Draw a Friend
This is a fun workshop for kids and families to learn to draw themselves or their community in a simple way. It a fun and interactive way to talk about community, friendship and diversity.
College & High School Visits
I find it extremely rewarding to work high school and college students about to develop their process and voice in illustration or animation. I have been working as animator/ illustrator for 25 years animating for Microsoft, Sucker Punch, Universal Television, Discovery Channel and created books with Compendium, Balzer & Bray, FSG-Macmillan, Knopf and Random House. I use these amazing opportunities in my teaching the past 15 years to share an insider view of life as a working artist. l especially love teaching longer seminars and have been fortunate to have taught throughout the United States, England, Japan and Peru.
Picture Book Process from Start to Finish
Power of Pose Action, Reaction, Interaction
Expression Design for Illustration
Artist and Portfolio Development
Organization/Time Management for Creatives
The Art of the Daily Practice and how to use it to build a portfolio and career
Photoshop for Bookmakers
Advanced week long Seminars in Illustration and Animation (you can also pick 5 from above)
Narrative Illustration Part 1 portfolio creation class
Narrative Illustration Part 2 Creating a Book Dummy of your own story
The Power of Pose
Introduction to Character Animation
Introduction to Dialogue Animation for FIlm
Introduction to Game Animation
11 to 15-week College Course
Introduction to Narrative Illustration
Introduction Book Dummy Construction
Animation 1: Introduction to Animating in Maya
Animation 2: Physicality Animation in Maya
Animation 3: Dialogue for Film
Animation 3: Game Animation Basics
Animation 4: Advanced Animation Portfolio
If you're interested in setting up a visit for your school or conference please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org