Let's draw! Award winning author and Illustrator Ryan Estrada has drawn Garfield, Popeye, Star Trek, Flash Gordon, and now he's going to draw with you! Grab some paper and pens! We'll play some illustration games and have a lot of fun!
Do you ever wish you were better at talking in front of people? Whether you're about to give a speech in front of a big audience, read a book in front of a class, introduce yourself in a job interview, or just say hello to some new friends, stage fright can make life much harder! Luckily, I have the cure!
Flying Paintings tells the story of two Chinese brothers who grew up during the Cultural Revolution in China. Through this program we will look inside the book, learn about Chinese history, and practice Chinese brush painting - all through engaging, multimedia presentations.
The Strange Birds of Flannery O'Connor tells the story of the odd, bird-loving author from Georgia. In this program, I will take you inside the book and inside the O'Connor archives, so you will get a rare glimpse at Flannery's childhood work. And finally, I will demonstrate several methods for making little books yourself, just as she did, and…
Have you ever wanted to produce your own book? You can! This program is especially for first- through third-graders who dream of becoming authors and illustrators--and holding their own books in their hands.
The hardest part about writing is thinking of something to write, right? Wrong! You might brainstorm batches of ideas, only to get stuck in the miserable middles – or even on that dreaded first line. So how do authors do it? How do they turn great ideas into great stories? By ‘bugging’ their characters, of course! Join Lee for a fun and funny…
Haiku is not just the world’s shortest poetry...or a unique part of Japanese culture...or even a school lesson about syllables. Haiku is also cat-like (compact, elegant, speaking volumes in a few choice ‘meows’)...and learning to write it will help you spy, pounce, and capture the ordinary moments of your day and turn them into something…
You can choose one of my books to read, and then I’ll draw the character of your choice. A laughing truck perhaps? A smelly sock? A lost mitten? An Extremely Cute Animal operating some heavy machinery? Anything you want!
Meet author Susan Chodakiewitz and Learn The Friendship Dance from the Picture Book Wobegon and Mildred. Kids will learn about the process of writing a picture book, discuss the important social emotional lessons from the book and learn the dance steps to the My Best Friend Dance, from the musical version of the book Wobegon and Mildred.
Kids will Dance and Move to the different words featured as characters in the Alphabet Thief. Author Susan Chodakiewitz will read the story and discuss each word and what makes its special. What do the words inspire in us? Each child will create their own choreography for a word while learning their meaning.
Too Many Visitors for One Little House picture book explores the importance of feeling through Songs, Dance and Theater. In this presentation kids will read the story together, understand the themes of the power of inclusion and learn a song from the Picture Book Musical, Too Many Visitors for One Little House
Can we use the junk we see everyday to create amazing things? Using STEAM thinking, engineering, and problem solving we'll create an interactive hands-on Arts project together made entirely from recycled materials you already have around your home. Learn to be a maker! Reference Book: Junk Re-Thunk
Learn to create dynamic characters for comics! What makes a character stand out? We'll explore the details that bring a character to life, talk through different techniques we can use in comics and visual storytelling and try our hand at creating a mini comic using our invented character.
Doing something BIG like writing a book can be daunting, but it’s totally doable when you break it up into fun little pieces. We’ll collect story elements and then talk about how to bring them all together to make a page-turning, shelf-worthy book!
Whether you already love writing and reciting poetry or just want to try it out, this workshop will make it easy and fun. We'll practice both composing and performing an evocative poem. Participants should have a notebook and writing
utensil. Family members are welcome to
This one can be catered to the specific needs or wants of the audience - but, basically, Kevin will try to give more of a master class in how he writes and draws and what YOU can steal from him to make your own art better.
Kevin shares stories from his middle grade books, including MINRs, the Neil Flambé Capers, The Hockey Super-Six and more. AND he shares some tips to help kids find their own style for drawing cartoons.
What's the most fun part of writing a fantasy book? Why, the magic, of course! Come learn about the different types of magic in your favorite fantasy stories, and all the things you need to think about when you're getting ready to make your own!
Have you ever heard that there are two sides to every story? Well, that's not true. There are, in fact, THREE sides to every story! Learn about the three sides of history, and how to use this triangle of facts and fancy to write stellar historical fiction and fantasy!
With the author, students will write a poem using a familiar rhythmic poem as a model. We'll explore rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and more; after hearing a brief lively reading of an early jazz poem. The students will go away with a fun assignment to listen to their favorite music, absorb the rhythm, and write along those lines.
Patricia will do a lively reading of a syncopated rhythmic poem, describe how she wrote it--with Power Point visuals--then with the group write an original rhythmic poem (with an anapest or triple rhythm)--using rhythm, rhyme, repetition, alliteration. She'll encourage the students to (later) listen to their favorite music and write a poem in the…
We’ll use several types of paper, cut and glue them to design our collage. Simple, fun art activity with impressive results! Includes reading of the picture book Penny and the Plain Piece of Paper. You'll need different types of paper, scissors, glue and a bit of imagination!
Patricia will introduce herself as a dancer/storyteller-turned writer; guide students to write their own simple poems about themselves, using the poetry of Lift As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker and Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker as models. We will discuss the question: What do you hope to accomplish? (for 1st – 5th grades;…
Add the "A" for Art (Dance) and the "R" for Reading to playfully explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects. Connie will create a fun and enriching learning experience tailored to your child's STEM interest. We will explore a STEM topic of your choice from Connie's book ONE, TWO, WHAT CAN I DO? DANCE AND MUSIC FOR THE WHOLE…
This session will be designed around my picture book FROM A TO Z WITH ENERGY! During the thirty minutes, l will read the book aloud, then give a series of playful movement prompts as we retell the story through dance and music. This program requires the child/children to have a small, unobstructed space for dancing. If there are two or more…
Children will move and groove from A to Z while learning and having fun! I will read my picture book FROM A TO Z WITH ENERGY! and we will do playful movement together that corresponds with each letter of the alphabet.
The only requirement for this program would be a space, inside or outside, that allows children to move freely. It can be small or…
How do you go to the bathroom in a suit of armor? Were there dogs on the Mayflower? What's a fast-acting poison that can't be traced? What insect has caused the most misery in human history? When was underwear invented?
A lively, interactive discussion about the history that kids really want to know about.