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Educational and Inspiring Visit from Author/Illustrator, John Steven Gurney

  Mr. Gurney has illustrated such popular series as the A to Z Mysteries and The Bailey School Kids. He is the author and illustrator for a beautiful children's picture book, titled Dinosaur Train, inspired by his own son's childhood interests. He is contracted by national publishers such as Random House and Scholastic to provide the artwork for many books. At last count, he has illustrated 138 books! Mr. Gurney led assemblies for each grade level, providing students with information about his interest in drawing as a child, and shared examples of his work from elementary school through the present time. He also demonstrated the process that he goes through to develop a book cover and answered many excellent questions that our students posed for him. Students greatly enjoyed his demonstration of his drawing abilities with caricatures and "reversible" pictures. Demonstrations of four of these engaging and entertaining cartoon drawings are available on YouTube if you search for John Steven Gurney. You might enjoy a little family fun by working through these drawings together at home!

Written by: Diann Harvey
Posted: Nov 19, 2012 by Diann Harvey

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