American School of Warsaw

American School of Warsaw

From Art Making to Art Thininking

Cheongna Dalton School

American International School of the Hague

American International School of the Hague

The Genius of Islam

American School of Warsaw

The New Ocean


American School of Warsaw

Creativity Confidential


The American International School of Muscat


Photographs by 
Matt Kollasch, American School of Warsaw 

Fiona Mulvaney, American British Academy, Muscat, Oman

Ashleigh Fidler, International School of Beijing

Sanne Bloemarts, American School of the Hague

Paige Spilles, The American International School of Muscat

Renee Rockford, Colorado Academy

Michele Velthuizen, American School of the Hague

Janine Murphy, British International School of Kuala Lumpur

​Adrienne Noe, The National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington DC

Rebecca Porter, Orange County Public Library

American School of Warsaw

British International School of Kuala Lumpur

Caring for Colorado

American School of Warsaw

National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington DC


Copenhagen International School

International School of Beijing

American School of Warsaw

American School of Warsaw

Dangerous Planet

Institute of Current World Affairs, Washington DC

Orange County Public Library, Laguna Beach, California

Colorado Academy

The American International School of Muscat, Oman

American International School of Warsaw

American School of Warsaw

    •    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.

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 combines has several different illustrated PowerPoint pandemic talks with that can be presented virtually or live:

  • Plague, Cholera and public health
  • Smallpox, Yellow  Fever and colonization
  • Tuberculosis, Influenza and social change
  • 1918 Flu, Covid 19 and public policy
  • Toxoplasma and human culture

 Bryn has two different classroom activities. For younger ages, kindergarten through 6th grade, Bryn and the students work together to draw  a custom infectious disease. Bryn collaborates with students to create a one-of-a-kind disease artwork that they can bring back to their classrooms.

For older students, 7-10th grade, Bryn facilitates the Game of Plague (see below for details), where students research the pandemic of their choice to create an actual or virtual board game.

Students will come away from Outbreak 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.

The Game of PlagueThis virtual or live unit of learning is a good way for students to gain agency, learn about history through the lens of disease and develop hand-eye coordination and digital art skills. The Game of Plague is a Unit of Inquiry based on the IB MYP  four Criteria model: knowing and understanding; developing skills; thinking creatively; responding. This usually requires two classroom visits either virtually or live. In the first visit, Bryn introduces the unit and shows exemplars of student plague games based on Snakes and Ladders, The Game of Life, Chess, or completely original concepts. Students can create their games individually or in teams. The classroom teacher then facilitates the unit, consulting with Bryn when necessary. Bryn returns on the last day of the unit to comment on the outcomes and select a winning game. The winner receives a copy of Outbreak with a signed bookplate.

Dangerous Planet—  In this virtual or live presentation, students learn that 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 can demonstrate how he creates a disaster image or map. Bryn has several simple science experiments that illuminate 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  -  In this virtual or live presentation students learn that, 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 astonishing. Students will come away from this illustrated PowerPoint discussion with an enhanced understanding of an astonishing period in human history that continues to shape our world today.

Adaptable for integration into units on the comparative religion, the history of Islam, or the Middle East. Ideal for middle school/ MYP. 

The New Ocean —   In this virtual or live presentation 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 is a hard look at an uncomfortable topic in language that children can understand.

Ideal for elementary/middle school; PYP/MYP

The Well of Sacrifice - Using ink and oil paint illustrated this young adult novel by author Chris Eboch through a combination of Mayan glyphs and representational painting. In this virtual or live illustrated presentation, Bryn walks participants through his thinking, research and compositional process. Bryn discusses the collaboration with art directors, editors and the author needs to create a suite of memorable narrative images. Ideal for middle school students reading the book.

Creativity Confidential — In this virtual or live 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.

Bryn also gives presentations 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. 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, virtually or live.

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.

Leave Fear Behind - We live in a culture of attachment. This collaborative art exercise shows students and teachers how to take risks, abandon ownership and embrace the unknown to create original artworks that demand cooperation and exploit non-linear thinking.

Take a Chance  - Students learn to mix and experiment with a variety of media to create a subject of their choice. through intensive  intensive experimentation. Students will learn about design, staging, color schemes, and how to use accidental watercolor effects to stretch creative thinking.

Build a Book - This is full day or multi-class unit in which  participants write and illustrate a story with experimental media and come away with a short finished storybook

From Art Making to Art Thinking: New Paradigms for Education - Building on his course, 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.


Virtual visits are priced per class, to allow schools maximum flexibility. Live visits are priced per day. In both cases, Bryn offers a maximum of five one-hour classes per day.

Virtual (Zoom or Google Meeting): US$300 for the first  one hour class or assembly.  $225 for each class thereafter to a maximum of five per day.

Live (in your school) US $1200 per day for up to five classes or assemblies, plus expenses.

During the Covid-19 pandemic my class had the wonderful opportunity to have Bryn Barnard share a presentation with us virtually. His presentation to my class was engaging, informative and extremely timely. Bryn is an engaging storyteller who packs incredible research into his presentations. His artwork brings a fascinating subject matter to life for students. As I logged off from our virtual meet, I was filled with the knowledge that I and my students had learned a memorable lesson about disease, pandemics and how our world reacts to disasters.

Christopher Wolf,  Social Studies teacher, Saigon South International School, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

We were lucky enough to have Bryn Barnard return to visit our school twice! This time, he visited our middle school students, meeting with each grade and presenting about his nonfiction books. The students were amazed at the information he shared about the history of deadly diseases and the future of the oceans. For our fifth grade students, he put a twist on his Creativity Confidential presentation and led the students through an exercise in which they created their own personal brand. He also did a book signing and held his collaborative writing-illustration workshop, challenging the students' attachment to their creative works. As before, Bryn was an enthusiastic and informative speaker, able to tailor his presentations to various grade levels. 

Linda Choo,Head Librarian, Cheongna Dalton School, Seoul, Korea,

It's not every day that an author visits your school and his book ties in seamlessly with a science unit. We have had a wonderful opportunity in which Bryn Barnard shared his book 'The New Ocean' with all of our 5th-grade science classes. The topics covered in his book connected with our unit on the Earth's systems called 'Like it or not, I affect the planet.' In this unit, our fifth graders have been learning about how each of our actions can start a domino effect, which eventually has an impact on the planet in one form or another. Either plastic ends up in the ocean, or our carbon footprint causes ocean warming and acidification. 
In the second half or our unit, 5th graders discuss how science can save the day. In addition to this, we think about how we could make changes in our actions. No matter how small they may seem, these changes may be the beginning of the ripple effect we would like to see in our world. In his last chapter, Mr. Barnard talks about these choices. His last words: "Study Nature. Study Science. Science helps us understand what is happening to the Erath. Science helps us find solutions to problems Science is our best hope of survival. We need science. We need you."

It's like these words were written directly for my students. 
Thank you for coming, Mr. Barnard.

Sanne Bloemarts, 5th Grade Science Teacher, American School of The Hague, Netherlands

Bryn Barnard visited our elementary school and met with grades pre-K to 4. He was engaging, informative, and patient with answering the students' many questions. The younger students loved his Dinosaurs presentation and had a blast with collaboratively imagining a new dinosaur and seeing it come to life with Bryn's drawing. The older students were fascinated by his Outbreak! presentation and enjoyed the experience of creating a disease together. In the evening, he held a collaborative writing and illustration workshop for parents, students, and teachers, which I encourage schools to take advantage of. Bryn was a wonderful guest author and illustrator for our elementary school and we hope to bring him back for our middle school students, too!
Linda Choo, ES Librarian, Cheongna Dalton International School, Korea

Our students gained so much from Bryn's presentations. He opened their minds to the connections between art, history and science. His presentation on Disasters in History focused on breaking down the compartmentalism of ideas.  He tied in with our school theme of Remembrance by giving an assembly on his illustrations in his book, Outbreak! featuring the effects of the Spanish Flu epidemic on the outcome of WW1. Our students were mesmerized throughout and have been requesting his books ever since. 

Bryn created a wonderful mural with sixth form students showcasing modern Malaysia through the Kuala Lumpur skyline. This project evolved throughout the day with many students contributing and viewing it as it progressed. It was a great collaboration and has given us a fantastic piece of public art to display at the entrance of our school for everyone to share. 
Janine Murphy, HS Librarian, British International School of Kuala Lumpur,

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 KollaschMS/HS Librarian American School of Warsaw Poland

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

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.

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
Fiona Mulvaney Secondary Teacher - Librarian
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

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

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

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

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,

Colorado Academy, Denver Colorado

American School of Warsaw

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.

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,

American School of Warsaw

Copenhagen International School

Montessori School of Brooklyn Heights, New York

Custom disease workshop

BrynBarnard   Live/Virtual    School Visits


The Game of Plague student examples

American School of the Hague

 What I do 

American School of Warsaw

British International School of Kuala Lumpur




October 14-18

Shanghai, China

Visiting author at YK Pao School

Shanghai Community International School 

Soong Ching Ling School

April 1-3

Rome, Italy

 American Overseas School of Rome 

March 28-29

Barcelona, Spain

American School of Barcelona 

March 25-27

Den Haag, Netherlands
 The American School of The Hague 


October 8

Cheongna, Korea

Cheongna Dalton School

March 19-23

Incheon, Korea

Chadwick International School

Cheongna, Korea
Cheongna Dalton School


November 1-10
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

British International School

International School of Kuala Lumpur

Garden International School


October 24-November 4
Beijing, China

International School of Bejing

April 16

​​Nashville, Tennessee

Keynote Speaker

Environmental Council of States

November 2-6 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mont’Kiara International School
Garden International School



October 9-18
Shanghai, China
Shanghai American School

July 9
Portland, Oregon
ICON8 Pacific Northwest College of Art

March 11  and March 27
Salmiya, Kuwait
American University


November 21-23   
Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen International School

October 24-30        
Muscat, Oman
American-British Academy
British School of Muscat
The American International School of Muscat
May 21                  
Salmiya, Kuwait
American University

February 21           
Boston, Massachusetts
Northeastern University
School of the Museum of Fine Arts

January 15            
Surra, Kuwait
AWARE Center


November 11-15
Doha, Qatar
International Association of School Librarians Conference
Qatar Academy
American School of Doha

October 2  and April 17             
Surra, Kuwait
AWARE Center

April 2-3               
Helsinki, Finland
International School of Helsinki

April 4                   
Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm International School


October 10-11      
Warsaw, Poland
American School of Warsaw

October 13-14      
Budapest, Hungary
American International School

October 17-18      
Sofia, Bulgaria
Anglo American School

October 20-21     
Zagreb, Croatia
American International School

July 10-11
Olympia, Washington
GSNI Conference
The Evergreen State University


​Denver, Colorado

Keynote Speaker

Caring for Colorado
Colorado Academy

Graland Day School

Bryn Barnard

35 Dairy Farm Road 02-02

Singapore 679052


Telephone: +65 9141 0335

417 Point Caution Drive

Friday Harbor, Washington 98250 UNITED STATES

Telephone: +1 206-291-3495



American School of Warsaw

American School of Warsaw


June 4
Brooklyn Heights, New York
Virtual author visit at Montessori School

April 29 and May 6
Denver, Colorado
Virtual author visits at Colorado Academy

May 15

Washington, DC

Civil liberties under pandemicswebinar

Institute of Current World Affairs

April 17
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Virtual author visit at Saigon South International School

American School of Warsaw

Take a Chance

American British Academy of Oman

American School of Warsaw

“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."