Author Visits: Bring Author/Illustrator Timothy Young to your School
Aside from being the author/illustrator of 12 published books, Timothy Young has been a toy designer, illustrator, sculptor, puppet maker, and graphic designer. His work has been seen on television, in major magazines and on toy shelves worldwide. He majored in illustration at Pratt Institute and has over 30 years experience as a professional artist. He would be excited to come to your school for assemblies, classroom, library, and art room visits. He can tailor his visits for students from pre-school through high school, with readings, discussions, drawing demonstrations and interactive activities.
Tim has visited hundreds of schools and libraries. He’s appeared onstage at book festivals, conferences and was the keynote speaker at the Maryland Association of School Librarians Black-Eyed Susan Awards ceremony in 2013. As a picture book author/illustrator, most of his assemblies have been for elementary schools, but he has also done workshops and talks with middle and high school students, as well as adults, about the process of putting together a picture book and about creative careers.
The Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD - June 2016
"Illustration Over the Centuries:"
Tim was asked to do a presentation on the history of children’s book illustration to coincide with their summer art exhibit; Turning The Page: Children’s Book Illustration.
Sharjah International Book Fair, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates - November 2016
Tim was excited to be invited to do 6 days of drawing and character design workshops with children from all over the Middle East at the worlds third largest book fair.
Tim has also done presentation and workshops at numerous summer camps.
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The structure for many of his elementary school assemblies is:
• 45 minutes with the kindergarten and 1st-grade classes.
• 1 hour with the 2nd and 3rd graders.
• 1 hour with the 4th and 5th grade classes.
Each assembly is geared towards the appropriate grade levels. A one-hour assembly usually consists of book readings, then a question and answer period which flows into a drawing demonstration. Tim starts by creating a brand new character explaining the process of using your imagination to guide your drawings. He then does an interactive drawing lesson in which the students provide scribbles on a white board which Tim then uses to “discover” creatures and characters hidden in them. He also brings samples of toys and other things he’s designed over his career.
Debbie Troop - 4th Grade Teacher
Hillside Elementary School - Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Here are some examples of other programs Tim Young has done.
Gifted and Talented Showcase at Winters Mill High School - May 2013
"Creativity and Careers"
Tim spoke to a group of student artists and their families about his very creative career as an animator, illustrator and writer. He brought samples of some of the toys he has designed and sculpted as well as prototypes and animation models.
In Celebration of Books, Gunston Day School - October 2013
"Toys, Picture Books and Cartoons; How to make a living by not being a grown-up"
Exploring creative and artistic possibilities, Tim Young talked to high school students about some of the fun and interesting jobs he’s had and looked at some of the ways students can take their interests, abilities and passions and turn them into future careers. Mr. Young showed examples that the class examined, including hand-made book dummies and toy prototypes.
School visit fees depend on the size of the school, travel distance and the number of assemblies. Schools that are within an hour and a half drive are $900 for the day, which includes 3 assemblies. Schools within 3 hours are $1000 per day. School visits further away may need to pay travel expenses for hotels. Flights and rental cars need to be coved as needed. We try to keep these costs to a minimum by looking for discounted flights and hotels.
Costs for visits to multiple schools over consecutive days can be lowered and travel costs split between them.
A PDF contract is sent along with a PDF book order form that can be printed and sent home with the students. These can be collected by the school a week or so before the event so that the correct number of autographed books can be prepared ahead. You can see a sample here. PDF coloring pages are also included as well as posters for all students who order books.
The only things the school needs to provide is an LCD projector and screen (if a school does not have one a program can be done without one). If the school would like to keep some drawings Tim does, a large pad and an easel are also needed.
Please contact us with any questions or special needs. We're always happy to tailor a program to fit your students and schedule. You can email Timothy Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you book Timothy Young to visit your school from September 2018 through January 2019, Tim will give your school an original piece of art. In honor of the release of If You Give The Puffin A Muffin, Tim will be creating one-of-a-kind drawings of the puffin which will be framed and presented during his assemblies.
You can hang it in your library, school office or anywhere you choose. You are also free to raffle it off as a school fund-raiser.
Tim usually leaves a school with a gift to commemorate his visit. Lately he has been giving schools a signed and framed poster which is personalized for each school.