School Presentation

The Adventures of Salt & Soap at Grand Canyon (ages 4 to adult)

“The Adventures of Salt and Soap at Grand Canyon” is a true story about two puppies that have the Grand Canyon adventure of a lifetime. Experience Salt & Soap’s story while learning about the Grand Canyon’s history and diversity. Delve into the process of creating this beloved picture book from concept, to rough draft and many revisions before getting to the final product.

Curriculum friendly for: 
Language Arts, Geography, Social Studies, The Arts

Equipment Needed: Computer, LCD projector, screen, table
Presentation Duration: Depending on requirements and age range of audience

Kids Enjoying Tanja's Talk

What does an Illustrator do? (ages 4 to adult)

So what does an illustrator do all day? How do you come up with ideas? How do the pictures get into the books? During this presentation the entire process of creating a picture book is explored, from getting the contract to the finished product. Props will include an illustrator’s marketing materials, to the actual art process including thumbnails (tiny rough sketches), first draft sketches and revisions, dummy book, F&G’s (you’ll learn more about what this is during the presentation) actual paintings, and the final book. In order to get personally familiar with the illustration process, a hands on activity will involve the audience to come up with their own illustration of a topic.

Curriculum friendly for: 
Language Arts, Social Studies, The Arts

Equipment Needed: Computer, LCD projector, screen, table
Presentation Duration: Depending on requirements and age range of audience

Barnes and Noble Story Time

How do pictures work? (ages 4 to adult)

Why does an illustrator draw the things that she does? Analyze the power of the pictures that complement the author’s words and often tell so much more about the characters and story than the actual words.

Curriculum friendly for: 
Language Arts, Social Studies, The Arts

Equipment Needed: Computer, LCD projector, screen, table
Presentation Duration: Depending on requirements and age range of audience

Drawing Demo

Customized presentations and workshops (ages 4 to adult)

If you have a special topic or concept that you are working on in class, I can design a custom program for you. Just contact me and I will work with you in creating a program that will accommodate your needs. I also presents hands-on workshops that range from exploring artistic mediums to going through the process of producing your own picture book.