I love visiting schools and talking to students about how I write and illustrate my books,
as well as how I became a children's author and illustrator.
My latest book is 'Toby' written and illustrated by myself, published by Candlewick in Fall 2016. Other books I've illustrated include Imani's Moon, Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows?, One Word Pearl, How To Talk To An Autistic Kid and Animally.
My books have received recognition and awards from Reading is Fundamental, NYCReads365, AudioFile Best Book 2015, Bank Street's Best of Children's Books, Gold Medal from Foreword Review, Learning Magazine, Chicago and Charlotte/Mecklenburg public library 'best of' lists, Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California Distinguished Books and Maine Libraries 'Cream of the Crop'. I was awarded the Bronze Award for Children's Books by The Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles.
About my presentations
I offer age appropriate, lively presentations tailored to different age groups. I focus on the creation of illustration and story, with emphasis on how words and pictures work together to make a book.
During my presentation I talk about how I create books, using slides, sometimes video, with plenty of physical examples of art and sketches, plus process pieces from my books. The students will get to see them close up, handle the original manuscripts, and see notes from my editors and art directors. I talk about the revision process and why it's important in the making of the book to keep working and changing and how that's linked to making the drawings AND words both together.
I demonstrate how I create a page in a book, (using ideas generated from the students during the presentation) and how students can do the same in their classroom. I use physical and digital drawing techniques to demonstrate, with plenty of audience interaction!
I also discuss what it's like to have a career as an author and illustrator, how I spend my days and show pictures of my studio and working life.
More 'hands on' workshops are also available where students spend more time creating their own work led by me.
I offer 4 presentations per day (assembly and evening presentations can be arranged too).
Block booking discounts are available, please ask.
Kindergarten. (30 minutes)
Grades 1 through 12. (45 - 60 minutes)
Family - presentation for all ages.
I will bring my own laptop.
Schools need to provide the following: screen and projector, easel and paper for drawing, table or utility cart for laptop/projector, extension cords to reach electrical outlets and table and chair.
Full day - $700
Half day - $400
OTHER NEW ENGLAND STATES
Full day - $900
Half day - $500
REST OF USA
Full day - $1200
Honorarium per day - Please inquire
Mileage is 56.5c (IRS standard rate). Schools 50 miles distance or less no charge.
If the driving distance is over 2 hours, hotel accommodation/meal allowance may be required.
For long distance visits flights may be required.
PLEASE CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss my visit. I look forward to talking with you!
I AM AVAILABLE TO SPEAK TO GROUPS, LIBRARIES AND AT CONFERENCES.
Comments from Educators
It is with pleasure I write about my experience as a classroom teacher who has worked with Hazel Mitchell. In 2011, Hazel and I applied for a Leonard and Renee Minsky Fund for Arts Education grant. By combining literacy and art, our goal was to help students learn about the publishing process behind an illustrated book. With the students, Hazel put together a plan of how they would complete the process from brainstorming to publication in a matter of a few months. Students researched and wrote about what life was like both in the past and today here in Maine. After this process, Hazel helped students bring their new knowledge to life by creating detailed and vibrant illustrations to complement their writing. Our fourth grade students created a class book that Hazel helped us submit to an independent publishing website, Lulu. With this real published product in their hands, the students felt accomplished as both writers and illustrators, with an enormous thanks to Hazel. With her attention to detail, she made sure students truly understood and appreciated both the written and artistic processes.
In addition to this learning journey, Hazel has visited my classroom as a visiting artist. Her experience as a children's book illustrator go beyond the pages of her books. She is an incredibly talented artist and works very well with students. I reccommend her to any school who is looking for a visit from a talented individual, such as Hazel!
Fourth Grade Teacher
Corinna Elementary School