Derek Anderson was speaking to school groups long before he was a published author and artist. While he was still in high school, his mother (who taught third grade) began inviting Derek to speak to her students about art.
So when Derek's first books were published and the speaking invitations began pouring in, it was natural for him to begin speaking in schools. Before long, he was speaking to professional groups as well.
Derek is an energetic and entertaining speaker. He has traveled all over the United States speaking to audiences from pre-school and kindergarten through high school and college. He has delivered keynote addresses at conferences and spoken to professional groups on many occasions.
Because creativity is so central to his life as an author and artist, Derek enjoys speaking about all aspects of creativity and how it colors the world we live in.
For younger students, Derek does a fun presentation discussing everything from his first drawings in kindergarten to where he gets his ideas today and how, exactly, he creates characters and stories. Derek tells stories about his own life and how those experiences have influenced his books. Derek always enjoys doing drawing demonstrations and answering students' questions.
When speaking to older groups, Derek gives an in-depth presentation, showing the process of coming up with those very first rough, scratchy sketches to creating final paintings. In addition, he shows early work and uses a variety of paintings as a spring board to discuss ideas and where they come from, that awful thing called rejection and how he pursued his own dreams to become a published author and artist.
If you would like to inquire about having Derek speak at your school or event, please contact Jean Dayton at Dayton Bookings by clicking HERE.
Or visit her website at www.DaytonBookings.com.