Michael has been doing school programs since 1996 and has been drawing since he was a child. He received his Associate of Arts degree from The Art Institute of Atlanta, where he was introduced to the air-brush by a teacher. He has traveled all over the country (see a map of his recent school visits below) presenting his program to children and young adults through schools and libraries in their communities. He has illustrated three children's books, including two by Carmen Agra Deedy. He is currently working on the sequal to The Library Dragon, which should be out in 2008.
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"The Start of Something Big" is a high-energy, interactive program for both students and adults. The audience learns how one idea can start a story and how an author and illustrator work together to bring a story to life. The program is very informative but always on level, and keeps the audience constantly involved with drawing and creating the story. They will also learn the value of persistence and perseverance in following their dreams.
More importantly, it's a very cost-effective way to develop language skills in a small to large student population while meeting QCC Language and Visual Arts requirements. The daily fee includes up to six 45- to 55-minute sessions, and groups may be as small as 20 or as large as 100. During this hands-on learning experience, each child will write and illustrate a story.
When they leave, they've learned how to create and write stories from their own ideas and imaginations, a skill they will use for the rest of their lives.
...And, they have had FUN!!! Don't take our word for it? Just read a few testimonials.
Recommended Grades: K-12
Number of Participants: 20-100 students preferred per program; can accommodate larger groups
Workshop: 45-55-minute sessions
Maximum Daily Programs: 6 with lunch break
Location: Media Center or open area to accommodate students sitting on the floor
Materials: School provides three sheets of paper for drawing and one pencil per student