LENGTH OF PROGRAMS
• 30-60 minutes, including Q & A.
• 90 minutes for a combined presentation and illustration demonstration session, including Q&A.
For assembly presentations, any size that fits in the room. For younger students, groups of 50 or less works best. For workshops, 30 or less works best.
Bryn's books and presentations fit well with elementary and middle school curricula and are adaptable for assemblies and small groups. Bryn has four PowerPoint presentations that use his non-fiction books as lenses through which to understand both science-history connections between the present and the past and the book creation process. Bryn's enthusiasm is infectious. He makes the information fascinating, accessible and memorable. Bryn pitches the information to the level of his audience. Students come away with a new appreciation or the connections between science, history and their lives. Bryn's tips on writing more effectively and his emphasis on the effective use of elements and principles of design in picture-making reinforce classroom curricula. In longer presentation/illustration demonstrations.
Bryn can also customize most presentations to your specific needs.
Dinosaur Discovery— In this entertaining, funny PowerPoint presentation/demonstration, Bryn weaves an interactive, participatory creation of a collaborative dinosaur artwork with a behind-the-scenes tour through the best-selling Intervisual interactive pop-up book Dinosaurs, for which he created over 75 paintings and drawings. Dinosaurs was created with the goal of making a huge array of facts highly accessible through words, pictures, textures and games. Starting with the massive Permian Extinction that made the Age of Dinosaurs possible, students will learn about dinosaur evolution, dinosaur habits, dinosaur competitors, the K-T Extinction that ended dinosaur dominance, and created the dinosaurs we live with today: birds!
Bryn shows how the text was researched, revised and developed, and how Dinosaurs' novel "field book" style evolved, with faux fingerprints, coffee stains, and paint smears side by side with the book's pop-ups, pull-outs, pamphlets, info-wheels, and other kid-friendly media. He also includes step-by-step images of his creative process from thumbnails to finished art and shows how, working with a paper engineer, he created Dinosaurs' signature Tyrannosaurus rex pop-up head.
Students will come away with a better understanding of history's most charismatic megafauna, the intensive teamwork needed to create a pop-up book, and the necessity to research, revise and revise again to perfect an illustration.
Dinosaur Discovery is especially popular with primary school students.
Outbreak- Plagues are creepy and scary. Bryn makes them fascinating and understandable. Did the Black Death create the conditions in Europe that made capitalism and the trans-Atlantic slave trade possible? Did smallpox ensure the colonization of the Americas, Australia and New Zealand? Did yellow fever end slavery in the Americas? Did cholera help create the modern city? Did flu lead to the discovery of modern antibiotics? These are some of the questions posed in Outbreak. Students will learn how the ripple effects long ago plagues still shape our behavior today, and how contemporary plagues continue to modify our behavior (like toxoplasma, a microscopic animal that infects half of humanity, changes our personalities and may cause up to a million car accidents a year!).
Bryn has several participatory experiments students can try that are especially useful for kinesthetic learners. Students will come away from this presentation with a better understanding of the importance of revision and editing in the evolution of an effective non-fiction story, the amazing power of the microscopic world and a new appreciation of why we wash our hands!
Adaptable for all ages.
Dangerous Planet— Natural disasters are scary reminders of Nature's power. Bryn demystifies the science behind disasters and shows how they have shaped human history. Did a nineteenth century snowstorm birth the New York subway? Did a thirteenth century Japanese typhoon sink a Chinese dynasty? Did a volcanic eruption create both the worst food crisis in modern history and Frankenstein's monster? Did a drought snuff out one of the superpowers of the Roman world? These are a few of the stories considered in Dangerous Planet, Bryn's book about natural disasters that changed history. Students will learn how many things we take for granted today — the subway, Greek columns, France, skyscrapers, our very existence — are, in part, the end result of natural disasters. Bryn describes the genesis of this first book where he was both author and illustrator: how the book was envisioned and developed by the publisher, how the chapters were determined, how the images were researched and created from initial sketch to finished painting. For long-format presentations Bryn will demonstrate how he creates a disaster image or map. Bryn has several simple science experiments that demonstrate some of the natural processes in the Dangerous Planet stories. Teachers can try them in the classroom.
Students will come away with a keener understanding of humanity's relation to Nature, the importance of research and revision to develop a story, and how being in the wrong place at the right time can have consequences that last centuries, as well as deeper insight into the book creation process.
Adaptable for all ages.
The Genius of Islam - Although today the Islamic world and the West are often seen as competitors or opponents, ancient Islam shares more with us than most people realize.
The Middle Ages were a period of tremendous cultural and scientific advancement in the Islamic Empire—ideas and inventions that shaped our world.
• The numbers you use every day (Arabic numerals!) are a Muslim invention.
• The marching band you hear at football games has its roots in the Middle East.
• The orange juice you drink at breakfast today is thanks to Islamic farming innovations
• The modern city's skyline was made possible by Islamic architecture.
Students will be amazed at the deep historical connections between our world today and medieval Islamic civilization: food, philosophy, astronomy, engineering, agronomy, mathematics, music, art, architecture — the list goes on and on. The connections are amazing. Students will come away from this illustrated PowerPoint presentation with an enhanced understanding of an astonishing period in human history that continues to shape our world today.
The New Ocean — The subtitle of my May 2017 book from Knopf is “The Fate of Life in a Changing Sea.” We look at six sea creatures and how they may fare in a hotter, more acidic, more polluted, and emptier ocean, plus possible futures for the near and more distant ocean and what that means for us. I highlight efforts to address climate change, acidification and plastics pollution, consider the counterarguments (climate change denial) and discuss how students can take action to try to take control of a very uncertain future. This presentation is geared towards upper elementary and middle school students. This is a hard look at an uncomfortable topic in language that children can understand
Creativity Confidential — In this presentation and demonstration, Bryn involves students in the step-by-step of the book creation process. Students will learn about how Bryn moves from initial idea to research, writing, revising, editing and copyediting; how he develops illustrations — storyboarding, research, design, thumbnails, sketches, staging, lighting, and painting. Bryn also describes the publication process: how a book evolves from manuscript to printed product. Bryn brings examples of manuscript, layout, dummy, marked-up galleys and the finished product
This presentation is fun, informative and inspirational. Students come away with a deeper understanding of the collaborative nature of the writing and illustration process, the power of revision, the necessity of editing, and a clearer picture of the business of making, marketing and reading books.
Creativity Confidential is appropriate for all ages. It makes a great introduction to one of Bryn's longer workshops where students can test-drive his approach to writing and image making.
In one of the most popular aspects of this program Bryn collaborates with students to create a one-of-a-kind disease artwork that they can bring back to their classrooms.
Bryn also gives workshops targeted for Theory of Knowledge and DP Visual Arts. Bryn is also available for teacher and parent writing and illustration workshops, Young Author Day celebrations, I Love To Read artist-in-residencies, small group discussions, and evening sessions. Please ask about options and prices. Bryn will be happy to set up a program to meet your needs. Here are some sample workshops that can be offered individually or in combination.
Family Evening Presentations: For parents and other adults, Bryn offers more in-depth PowerPoint Presentations and Q&A sessions on his science-history subjects. For families, Bryn offers the opportunity for a collaborative writing-illustration experience.
Teacher In-Service - From Art Making to Art Thinking: New Paradigms for Education. Bryn offers an engaging, idea-filled presentation on the value of visual non-linear thinking in mathematics, science, technology and engineering, the STEM into STEAM movement and the cross-disciplinary field of artscience.
Take a Chance: Students learn to mix and experiment with a variety of media to create a subject of their choice. Depending on the available time this can be a single class or several sessions of intensive experimentation, Students will learn about design, staging, color schemes, and how to use accidental watercolor effects to stretch creative thinking. In the most intensive, long-term version, students write and illustrate a story with experimental media and come away with a short finished storybook
Bryn’s week with our upper elementary students at ISB was a memorable one! His tailored his program to the age group and it paid off. Through his introduction of himself as an author, Bryn reinforced the idea that it’s a natural and wonderful thing to have diverse interests, as both he and our students do. He followed up with an explanation of how books get published and then a fun, group drawing exercise — both of which drew the kids in and had them asking many questions at the end… before making a beeline to check out his books.
Tim Gardes, ES Librarian, International School of Beijing, China
Bryn Barnard's visit was brain startling! Students were leaving his Outbreak sessions and going straight to the bathroom and washing their hands. I was following some 6th grade boys to lunch and overheard their discussion about getting the flu shot as fast as they could! Bryn Barnard knows his topics deeply and emotionally. He is a real renaissance man.
Barbara Boyer, High School Librarian, Shanghai American School, China
Bryn Barnard brought to our school a fascinating combination of meticulous research and wonderfully wrought illustrations that were delivered with enthusiasm, wit, and a smile.
Matt Kollasch MS/HS Librarian American School of Warsaw Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryn Barnard’s presentation was filled with captivating imagery, knowledge, and story-telling that gripped an easily bored seventh-grade group. He masterfully communicated the connection between history and science to generate questions and intrigue our students.
Coralie Clark, HS Librarian, American International School of Budapest, Hungary email@example.com
Thank you for your visit to AISZ! From Junior Kindergarten through the IB art students in 12th Grade, I have heard nothing but words of praise when your name, your presentations and your books were mentioned during and after your visit. To see students of all ages and all nationalities come alive with common excitement over your books - their content, their pictures, and the process of their creation from start to finish - was a real pleasure and the book-lover that I am couldn't have been happier!
Melanie Hodge PTA Liaison American International School of Zagreb, Croatia. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryn Barnard visited our school this fall, and it was a great experience for all of us students and teachers. His presentations are very informative, entertaining and level appropriate. Our Primary and Middle School students thoroughly enjoyed his art and knowledge. They learned about the process of creating a book, illustrating it and also learned a bit of World History! I highly recommend his visits to schools!
Urania Beyer, Librarian, Copenhagen International School, Denmark
The event was an amazing success, largely due to Bryn’s adaptability and versatility. In the Elementary school, his engaging (and sometimes gross!) program on infectious disease fascinated the Grade 4 and 5 students, and he was able to appropriately adapt his Dangerous Planet program to suit the level of the Grade 2 and 3 students. The highlight of the Elementary program had to be his Dinosaur sessions with the Kindergarten and Grade 1 students where each class contributed in the creation of their very own chalk-pastel dinosaur. Bryn was excellent with the little ones, and managed to easily weave curriculum and fun together into each session. The fact that Bryn’s works are primarily non-fiction did not deter from his popularity in the Elementary school at all.
In the Secondary school he covered a number of diverse subject areas: the history of disease; Islam (which fitted perfectly with our Grade 7 Islam unit), and natural disasters. The talk to Grade 11 & 12 on creativity was perfect as a TOK (Theory of Knowledge) study and the Q&A after allowed students ample time to interact and express their complex ideas. He also undertook practical art classes with our Grade 6 students, teaching them watercolor, etching and a glue ink techniques; all under an hour. The boys in particular loved having a male art teacher and created lovely work during their sessions.
The students responded enthusiastically to Bryn’s sessions and we were delighted by the ideas, questions, maturity and responses that we gained from our students. Bryn was an easy-going and likeable person to host. If our timetable had allowed, we would definitely have slotted Bryn into a Professional Development session with our staff.
Rory Fraser Elementary Teacher - Librarian email@example.com
Fiona Mulvaney Secondary Teacher - Librarian firstname.lastname@example.org
American British Academy, Muscat,Oman
Mr. Barnard's visit to our school was a great success. Our 11th and 12th graders were fully engaged and furiously taking notes throughout his lecture on how Islam has influenced the arts, sciences, maths, etc. He inspired many questions following the lecture, offered fascinating insight into history. This was a highly effective supplement to the curriculum of our required Middle East History class in the high school. Mr. Barnard also visited with AP/Advanced Art and Digital Arts classes where he discussed his work in publishing, the realities of art school, and working as an artist in the corporate world which is radically changed by ever-evolving technology. Both 80 mins presentations were packed with information and Mr. Barnard's captivating speaking style kept the attention of our student audiences throughout.
Paige Spilles, Library Coordinator, The American International School of Muscat, Oman email@example.com
In working with Mr. Barnard in his capacity as an artist, illustrator, historian and writer I have come to respect his abilities to shape his scholarly interests and superb communication abilities into many forms. The many lectures and demonstrations he offers create a platform for reflection on his life and work in many places and for the abiding inspiration he draws from those experiences. That can also be seen in the way he creates his illustrations, as he recently demonstrated to rapt audiences here.
Adrianne Noe, Director, National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington DC firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryn Barnard did for our middle school students in just one presentation what we had tried to do all year — he opened a window with which to see culture, beauty, wisdom, and tradition. Through appropriately chosen words and images, he engages his audiences at a very deep level. His unique blend of wonder and expertise makes his visits both thought-provoking and memorable.
Freya Vaughn, 7th-Grade Language Arts/Science, DISK School, Kyoto Japan email@example.com
Bryn Barnard's guest lecture for the ninth grade biology students at Colorado Academy is one of legend. Several staff members were able to attend and they still talk about Bryn's ability to mesmerize students with his expertise in so many areas. He is a renaissance man with knowledge well beyond expectations. The students still talk about Bryn's lecture and book two years later and say that it was the best presentation they have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
Suzie Jekel, Biology Teacher, Colorado Academy, Denver, Colorado
In my capacity as Lead Teacher for Griffin Bay School on San Juan Island, I had the great good fortune to team with Bryn Barnard on a series of lectures and hands on science classes based on his outstanding books. The classes were designed for elementary aged home school students. Perhaps the most insightful comment I can make is to note that as the series proceeded, more and more people were attending — by the end including parents, grandparents, high school aged siblings and cousins. This was without exception the most successful class ever offered to home school students at Griffin Bay.
Jack McKenna, Retired Teacher,Griffin Bay School, Friday Harbor, Washington
Bryn Barnard's presentation was gripping and engaging. His wonderful rapport withth the students allowed them to connect with the dramatic subject matter of his paintings. From the Black Death in Medieval Europe to smallpox and Native Americans, Bryn's work helped my students gain new insight the impact epidemics have had on society.
Christopher Wolf, High School Social Studies Teacher,American School of Doha, Qatar firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnard is second only to Ray Bradbury among my top guest lecturers. A compelling speaker, engaging writer and talented artist, our Library was fortunate to listen to such a spellbinding host.
Rebecca Porter, Librarian, Orange County Public Library, Laguna Beach, California, RAPorter@ocpl.org
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Photographs by Ashleigh Fidler, International School of Beijing
Bar none, I found him to be the most thought provoking and inspiring presenter we have seen in years.
Mitch Masters, 5th Grade teacher, Graland Country Day School, Denver, Colorado. email@example.com
“My school programs entertain, engage the imagination and help to reinforce what teachers are doing in the classroom in the areas of writing, science, history and language arts. I use age-appropriate examples of bigger-than-life disasters, diseases, extinctions and cultural transformations to focus student attention. These same phenomena work as lenses to help students make essential connections about who we are, why we are here, and where we are going. From these starting points we learn how to write with conviction and make art that tells stories.
"I show how writing and illustrating is a collaborative process between a writer, artist, editor, and art director with many steps between initial spark and final outcome. Students will come away with a new appreciation for the creative process and the power of revision to perfect an idea. Researching a subject, revising and editing prose, and creating an image — from thumbnail to final art — offers real satisfaction and a finished product worthy of the effort.
"I'm a parent and a teacher. I understand that school discretionary funds are precious. Since I teach MYP and IB art and Theory of Knowledge in a Common Core setting, I understand the importance of scaffolding knowledge, inquiry and facilitating learning into my school visits. I work hard to give schools a truly memorable performance with amazing facts and riveting art that will stimulate student interest and creativity long after I have departed. Your students won't forget a visit by Bryn Barnard."
October 24-November 4
International School of Bejing
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mont’Kiara International School
Garden International School
Shanghai American School
ICON8 Pacific Northwest College of Art
March 11 and March 27
Copenhagen International School
British School of Muscat
The American International School of Muscat
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
International Association of School Librarians Conference
American School of Doha
October 2 and April 17
International School of Helsinki
Stockholm International School
American School of Warsaw
American International School
Anglo American School
American International School
The Evergreen State University
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Photographs by Matt Kollasch, American School of Warsaw & Fiona Mulvaney, American British Academy, Muscat, Oman
Photo by Matt Kollasch American School of Warsaw
Bryn was amazing! He was so easy going, positive, flexible, well prepared and adjustable to every situation! It was amazing to see that he can be as equally entertaining and engaging to 3 year olds as well as 18 year olds.
Ana Grubac, Librarian American International School of Zagreb, Croatiaana.firstname.lastname@example.org