are one of the most rewarding aspects of being a book author/illustrator. I love watching young readers connect with books and express themselves through art. Through speaking I always learn something about myself and my books. I have a few ways in which I present my work depending on the size and age of the audience.
Elementary and Pre-K
For Elementary (pre-K--2nd grade) I present a reading of two books, discuss what an author / illustrator is, and do a drawing demonstration. This is a 30 minute presentation and I can do 1 to 4 presentations with a 10 minute break in between. Audience size can range from 10 to 50 (or so) per presentation.
For a large assembly including upper elementary grades, I present a slide show, book reading and longer Q+A. I'll discuss topics such as research, sketches, writing drafts and image making technique, in addition to talking about the stories.
Middle School, High School
For Middle School and High School, I present a slide show and discuss topics such as research, writing, sketching and technique as well as discuss the different jobs an illustrator can do and how I've made a career as an artist.
For smaller Middle School and High School groups, I teach a workshop where students get hands on experience, coming up with concepts and making sketches for an editorial illustration assignment—similar to what I might do for the New York Times. We will discuss brainstorming, research, free association, metaphor, problem solving, reading and interpreting text, and creativity.
I also speak at universities and conferences about the creative process, what it means to be a professional illustrator and how I make books. Presentations for large auditoriums and smaller groups available.
Please be in touch if you'd like to schedule an author visit.