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school visits are good for the ego

March 5th, 2013

I just realized that I haven’t posted anything here since January 10. The entire (but not so long) month of February sailed by and I have been absent. So before we begin talking about school visits, I should mention that my lack of visibility here can be attributed to the lateness of Everything Goes: By Sea and my current crazy rush to get it done. Breaking my hand on Christmas morning didn’t do any wonders for my schedule, and as soon as the cast came off in February I more or less locked myself in my studio and went back to drawing. I’ll write more about this progress later.
Another relevant thing is the “Sketch of the Day” album I’ve been posting on my Facebook page. I realized I should use my Facebook page more than I do (kinda like this blog!) and this is a fun and easy way to do it. If you don’t already, go “like” the page and follow the sketches.

Okay so to the meat and potatoes. I visited the schools of Southampton Township, NJ, last Friday. I showed and talked about my drawings and Everything Goes to about 400 students over the course of the day. I might have written this here (or elsewhere) before, but visiting schools is one of those mental-health moments that is so good for people like me. Most people take mental-health days from work and stay home. Since I work alone in my studio 99% of the time, it’s great to go somewhere and be adored. I hate the morning and afternoon rush-hour traffic (how do you commuters stand it? it’s insane!) but it’s worth it once I’m at the school.

So I’m just gonna post a bunch of pictures of the visit and the day, and let you see what the students and teachers made. Thanks to Jacquie Daddato for having me out to Southampton and thanks to all the teachers, staff and students for making it such a great day.

One of three full-house presentations.

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That guy.

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I signed more than 300 books!

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And here are a bunch of drawings that they made inspired by Everything Goes.

visiting schools

June 2nd, 2010

Back when Shredderman was first published, in 2004, I got a phone call from Barbara Gross, librarian at Gladwyne Elementary school near Philadelphia. She wanted me to come and give a presentation at her school. This was my first visit to an elementary school to talk about my work, and since then I’ve been to a dozen or more elementary schools, a couple of libraries, an art center, and a university or two showing examples of my work and talking to students about how I make it.
I love these visits, so not too long ago I decided I need to put a page about these visits on my website. If you are a teacher or a librarian, most of the information you’ll need is now online. If you are a student or parent, let your teacher or school librarian know about this page, and tell him or her to get in touch! Any specifics like schedules and fees can be answered via email.

Please feel free to get in touch and ask me any questions.

On a related note, I visited The Nottingham School back on May 14. There is a nice article online today about my visit there. Take a look!

appearances

February 9th, 2009

I “appeared” a couple of places this last few days and I have some pictures to prove it. First, on Friday, I spent the day at Gladwyne Elementary near Philadelphia. I want to thank everyone there for such a great time and reception. Barbara Gross is an amazing librarian and had all the kids so ready to go. I’d been snowed out twice before finally making it there on Friday, so thanks for the patience as well. The photo is me with the Shredder Snowman.

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On Sunday I was part of the children’s book fair at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA. It was packed and I got to meet a lot of great people. I gave a little presentation about my work and signed a lot of books. Thanks to the MLCA for putting it on, and to Children’s Book World in Haverford for selling books. And thanks Sacha for taking the two pics.

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