Uses of Author Interviews for Art Educators & Students
Show professional illustrators demonstrating art techniques and mediums,
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What is an Author Interview?
- Author Interviews are interviews with authors and illustrators in video, audio, and written formats.
- Meet-the-Author Programs are filmed by TeachingBooks.net in the homes and studios of award-winning authors and illustrators to enable readers to connect with the author the moment they are studying a book.
Authors talk about:
- Working with ideas
- Doing research
- Bringing history to life
- Being a professional author
- Diverse art techniques
- Approaches to book design
- Illustrating fiction and nonfiction
- Being a professional illustrator
Share how you use Author Interviews as an art educator.*
Here are some curricular uses submitted by educators…
- "I share Author Interviews because they give physical descriptions on how the art was used."
- "I use the Author Interviews to have the author explaining, in their own words, how a technique is used—or how the process of creating an illustrated book is done."
- "I use Author Interviews to show art techniques to students, as well as expose them to professions in art education. This brings art and literacy together."
- "After watching an Author Interview, break students break into teams of 4 to come up with some specific questions they would like to ask the illustrator if he or she were a guest in the classroom.
Also, use Author interviews to inspire students and help them to become more excited about making their own work—especially when creating 'minibooks' in the art room."
- "I use Author Interviews to share with the students information that brings history to life, tips on doing research, and ways to approach writing/illustrating."
- "These author/illustrator programs are inspirational for me, exposing me to different techniques that I might use with the class. I also show the videos to my students to inspire them to 'think outside the box.' In particular, I liked Denise Fleming's reinforcement that the use of 'sound words' such as "Crunch, Munch" are particularly effective in story writing."