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David Catrow Author Visit Kit

Birthday
December 16, 1952
Current home
Ohio, United States of America

Grades

1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

David Catrow, who lives in Ohio, is still basically a kid; not actually to the point that he throws his balled-up dirty socks under the coffee table or walks around all day with Gerber’s strained peas on his face. But he is still very much the wide eyed and inspired observer who is forever searching for a way to capture the world and put it in a jar for a closer look.

Through David’s drawings and conversation, his audience gets a glimpse into the process through which his art comes alive and speaks. David also provides insights on his artistic childhood — a time when artists were seen the same way a rabbit with wings might be: as a curiosity. David believes that all of us can nurture back our natural human ability to communicate visually. Just look at the 40,000-year-old cave paintings kids discovered in France. But these are especially remarkable when you consider that the Louvre wouldn’t open an art school for another 39,000 years.

Learn more about David at his website and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Description of the Author’s Presentation

Growing Ideas
Grades 2-12
40-45 minutes

Grades 2 through high school are what David considers to be his prime audience, but hey, let’s face it, what person doesn’t find humor in a big fannied cowboy on a Shetland pony or an armadillo playing a zither? A typical session yields 10-15 full color drawings, but more importantly, it provides a courtside seat to the artist’s brain. Because these raw materials that David pours onto each sheet of paper is the stuff from which artistic miracles and stories spring; a process the artist uses everyday to illustrate his books, put food on the table and add purpose to his life.

Conference and Festival Appearances

David Catrow is always happy to present to conferences and festivals; mostly because the experience for him is inspiring and energizing. It allows him the unique opportunity to converse with individuals who are up to the moment on books and all things relevant to books. Being with the reader essentially completes the circle David begins when, alone in his studio, he first picks up his pen to draw a dog or a dirigible.

Presentations usually run 40-45 minutes and cover the exciting process of receiving that first spark of an idea, fanning the tiny flame and turning it into a conflagration. To illustrate this, David uses a combination of live drawing and projection of the working sketches, which served as the foundation for the finished work.

Virtual Visits

Daily schedule permitting, David studio door is always open for a chat with a class or library group curious about his work and what inspires him. Generally, each session will run 30 minutes and in addition to the mandatory drawing lessons, visitors get an insiders' peek into picture composition and how the artist finds niches in a text to sometimes create a completely parallel story.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

The materials required are: a pad of Post-It paper (the largest available) 23”x 29”, an easel, and a laptop to project images contained on a flash-drive. A microphone is optional. David Catrow will bring his own drawing materials.

Honorarium

$1,500 a day plus travel and expenses. No half days.

Ordering Books

Schools and libraries may order books at a discounted rate by visiting The Scholastic Teacher Store or by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.

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