JANET STEVENS would love to visit your SCHOOL, LIBRARY, CONFERENCE
I've given hundreds of talks around and world, I truly enjoy interacting with kids and teachers. Working with "my audience" inspires and teaches me. My desire is to stimulate writing, reading, art and creativity in general.
Getting kids excited about the visit is the best way to make it great! Read, read, read the books!, Preparation is very important. Anything goes--art, writing, drama, math, science, PE-- all subjects can be involved in the author visit preparation. Just rev them up to meet me and be to ready share what they've created!
- Three 45-60 minute multimedia presentation using Keynote. My goal is to encourage reading, writing, drawing, storytelling and creativity through my childhood experiences and the process of making books. I try to answer the question "Where do ideas come from?" Then I show how to take the idea and expand!
- The highlight of each presentation is an interactive drawing with the kids. They help me dress a book character and then leave with the challenge of creating a story for their character.
- Book signing
- What I Need for a visit
I also do joint visits with my sister, Susan Stevens Crummel. Her site has lots of useful ideas to help you get ready for the big day!
SOME BOOK CHARACTERS DESIGNED BY KIDS!
My studio is where I put together all my books, for the past several years I have used a combination of painting, drawing and digital media to create my illustrations.
Using the computer allows me to include lots of different real images and photos alongside the paintings, manipulate my layout on the computer and get exactly the look I want, without having to redraw the whole thing. My hand gets tired!
Stay tuned, I'll be adding a lot more images, videos and details about how each of my books were made in the near future!
Here I added real images and textures to my drawings from "Cook-A-Doodle-Doo"
The process starts by scanning the sketches, images and paper. I do a rough color version on the computer to get an idea of what it will look like. After working with the Art Director and Editor, I decide on a final layout for the page (I have to leave room for the words!).
Once the layout is ready, I add the colors and textures, real strawberries and a cheese grater for Iguana's skin! Then I add the digital images, a spoon, measuring cup and bowl, the final image is then printed on the handmade paper and ready for the book.