Kelly Light lives in New York but grew up down the shore in New Jersey surrounded by giant pink dinosaurs, cotton candy colors, and Skee-Ball sounds. She was schooled on Saturday-morning cartoons and Sunday funny pages. She picked up a pencil, started drawing, and never stopped.
Kelly is the author/Illustrator of the Louise series. Louise Loves Art and Louise and Andie, The Art of Friendship are the first two picture books in the series. Louise Loves Bake Sales and Louise and The Class Pet are the first readers in Harpercollins’ I Can Read program.
Kelly has also illustrated Elvis and the Underdogs andElvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service, and Room Service by Jenny Lee, and The Quirks series by Erin Soderberg.
Kelly is working on her next book The Smiley Family Album due out in 2020 and busy writing, drawing and traveling to beautiful and inspiring places. She believes life is to be lived with your heart, making art and being kind.
SCHOOL VISITS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Kelly enjoys speaking to kids and adults about Louise and art and creativity. She happily speaks at schools, libraries, book festivals and conferences. Interacting with readers and young artists is Kelly’s FAVORITE part of being a published author/illustrator and she brings her enthusiastic personality to encouraging kids to NEVER PUT DOWN THE PENCIL!!
She will give up to three presentations during a school day. One presentation is $400, three would be $1,200.00. Travel costs and accommodations are in addition to that fee.
Schools and Libraries
My Life Loving Art K-1st grade; 30 minute presentation.
My Life Loving Art 2nd-5th grade; 45 minute presentation.
"Character Design 101" Kid's workshop: 1 hour for 6-10 year olds or 2 hours for 7-13 year olds. 1 hour workshop is $250, 2 hour $450.
"Character Design 101" Adult Workshop: 2 to 4 hour workshop with presentation including all that Kelly learned working in animation and cartoon merchandise. A hands on drawing workshop.
“Freeze Frame” This Storyboarding Intensive is about storyboarding a picture book, the cinematic approach. You will study storyboarding and the storyboarding process. We’ll talk about the importance of visualizing the book in the theatre of the mind. Once that book is in the hands of a kid- the kid becomes the director, the actor and the editor. Give that kid a book that is a lot of great images that string together in a story that lived in their imagination. Kelly Light will share storyboards for her books. She will also send out a pre-conference assignment. You will workshop like they did in the old animation studios: using 5X7 cards, changing out shots and options for scenes and text. Let’s make a book.
"The Schlemiel Schlimazel" 45 min Adult presentation about Kelly's weird and winding journey to getting published. "Give her any chance, she'll take it, Read her any rule, she'll break it."
“What Am I Doing Here? What Are You Doing Here?” Keynote given at Highlights Foundation and SCBWI Pennsylvania and SCBWI Illinois
“Drawing Workshop with Kelly Light and Molly Idle” - this extra special day gives you two animated brains to pick. Molly and Kelly have similar backgrounds and philosophies for drawing and creating books from their training and undying love for old movies as well as cinematic, traditional, and drawn animation. Their own unique styles and ways of thinking compliment each other’s. The first time they gave this workshop they discovered how much fun it was for them and they think that translated to all of the attendees! A grand time was had by all. Molly Idle is the beloved author/illustrator of the Flora Books from Chronicle as well as the -With REX books from Viking and the glorious new PEARL from Little Brown. Workshop Availability is determined by both of their schedules. The days has been enjoyed greatly by SCBWI San Francisco, SCBWI Rocky Mountain Chapter.
Inquiries via firstname.lastname@example.org
Large drawing pad and easel
Digital projector with speakers
Kelly has no dietary restrictions, but will not eat any animal that appeared in Bambi, Dumbo, Lady and The Tramp, Aristocats, The Rescuers or the Lion King. Chicken is always a good call. (Sorry chickens.) All she asks, is that, there is always water for her to drink.
So much fun to Skype into the studio! Skypes are great because so much art can be shared from what is on the drawing table! Just let Kelly know what age group and for how long.
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