Phone: 504 626-3420
For grades: K - 5
Fees for live visit: $1,000 for four (4) presentations. Mike will
Author, Illustrator, Cartoonist »
Not only are you a great children's book author and illustrator, but you can tell you enjoy children and work well with them. I appreciate someone who walks his talk. --- Elementary School Principal, Indiana
When Mike visits yor school, the first thing he will do is read from some of his books and explain how he got the ideas for the books. Sometimes, Mike is able to bring some of the original art from one or more of his books to show the kids.
Next, Mike will show your students (and teachers!) how to draw great cartoons. That right! Even the artistically challenged people in your school will learn to draw great cartoons using Mike's step-by-step techniques.
With older children, Mike shows how to use humor to improve writing skills. Mike will show the kids how to write their own jokes, riddles and tongue twisters and how to use their new skills across the curriculum.
Mike has also personally helped more than 4,000 students write and illustrate their own picture books.
Mike Artell is an award-winning children's book author, illustrator, television cartoonist and conference speaker. Mike's books include nationally recognized lift-the-flap board books for small children as well as non-fiction and humor books for older children. Mike has also written and illustrated award-winning teacher/parent resource books on subjects as diverse as ecology, parties, drawing and young authorship. In addition to his work as an author and illustrator, Mike also has extensive experience as:
A musician who plays guitar, bass, keyboard and blues harmonica.
A storyteller who regularly performs original poems and tales.
A newspaper editorial cartoonist.
A magazine and greeting card cartoonist.
A marketing consultant for several high technology companies.
Recently, Mike's book, STARRY SKIES was named a 1998 Best Science Book For Children. Mike's newest book is BACKYARD BLOODSUCKERS, a non-fiction book about small animals that consume human and animal blood. Totally disgusting and totally cool!