Sarah is available for school visits. New programs based on the new books will be coming soon.
1. PICTURE THE WORDS
For Grades 1 - 5. In the main presentation, Sarah shares all the different types of book illustration, including picture books, chapter books and non-fiction. She shows all the stages of the illustration process, focusing intensely on the evolution of illustrations from her latest books, and finishes with a live demonstration of different ways to illustrate a passage from a book the students have read.
In classroom workshops, she demonstrates several different ways to illustrate the same sentence. For grades K - 2, she will read her latest book and tell stories about creating it. If there's time, students are assigned a short passage from a familiar book and illustrate it, using the tools they have learned.
Fits well with literacy programs; emphasis on careful reading to comprehend the text.
2. BEAR NEEDS HELP
For grades K - 2, Sarah discusses the process of writing and illustrating a picture book. She talks about how she decided Bear would wear red sneakers.
Activities include a fun exercise drawing an animal in different kinds of clothes, and talking about how that changes our perception of the animal.
3. SEASHELLS: MORE THAN A HOME and FEATHERS: NOT JUST FOR FLYING
Sarah takes the class through the process of illustrating a science book, including the extensive research done by the illustrator. She shares the inside stories behind both books, which took seven years from Melissa Stewart's initial idea until publication. The presentation ends with a lesson on how to draw feathers and shells.
Additional tools developed by Melissa Stewart are not part of the presentation but may be used by teachers:
Teacher's Guide with Common Core links
Video - Similes in Feathers
Single class presentation: $250
Full day (3 or 4 presentations): $800
Travel over 1 hour from home reimbursed