School Visits + Appearances

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I would love to share my work and the world of making art and books with you at your school, library, workshop, or conference. As a children’s book creator and educator, I have presented to groups ranging from preschool to graduate level, and can customize my program to suit your needs. If you’d like to set up a visit, please contact me at anna[at]annaraff.com.


2019–2020 Rates

$1250 - full day rate, plus travel reimbursement

$600 - half day rate, within the 5 boroughs of New York City.

A full day includes up to four presentations, a half day includes two. Each presentation runs around 40-45 minutes each, with plenty of time for drawing and Q&A.

I can tailor my presentation to any age group. In addition to reading, drawing, and/or a slide show about my work, some of my presentations and workshops for kids have included:

  • A comics or zine-making

  • Drawing and character creation

  • Craft activities based on my books

At the college level, my talk goes into depth about the arc of my career, transitioning from a staff job to freelance, and finding my own creative voice.

If you’d like to book a visit, you can email me here.

Storytime at PowerHouse on 8th, Brooklyn, NY

Storytime at PowerHouse on 8th, Brooklyn, NY

Getting kids to help me draw is my favorite activity after a reading. This was at Clifton House at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Engelwood, NJ.

Getting kids to help me draw is my favorite activity after a reading. This was at Clifton House at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Engelwood, NJ.

A Little Card student creation at Friends Seminary, New York, NY

A Little Card student creation at Friends Seminary, New York, NY

A group of proud book creators at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Engelwood, NJ.

A group of proud book creators at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Engelwood, NJ.

Presentation to illustration students at FiT.  (Photo courtesy of Hyesu Lee)

Presentation to illustration students at FiT.
(Photo courtesy of Hyesu Lee)

A presentation and critique for students in the undergraduate course on children's book illustration at MICA, Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo courtesy of Shadra Strickland)

A presentation and critique for students in the undergraduate course on children's book illustration at MICA, Baltimore, Maryland.
(Photo courtesy of Shadra Strickland)

An after school zine workshop with 3rd–5th graders at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Engelwood, NJ.

An after school zine workshop with 3rd–5th graders at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Engelwood, NJ.

Reading and drawing with the first graders of P.S. 290, New York, NY

Reading and drawing with the first graders of P.S. 290, New York, NY

Swag prep for one of my workshops.

Swag prep for one of my workshops.

Reading and drawing with the students of the Hellenic Classic Charter School, Brooklyn, NY

Reading and drawing with the students of the Hellenic Classic Charter School, Brooklyn, NY

My zine workshop involves both drawing and word play.

My zine workshop involves both drawing and word play.

Talking picture books with the Illustration Practice (MFA) students at MICA, Baltimore Maryland. (Photo courtesy of Whitney Sherman)

Talking picture books with the Illustration Practice (MFA) students at MICA, Baltimore Maryland. (Photo courtesy of Whitney Sherman)

A talk and pattern-making workshop with the English and Cultural Studies students at Bryant University, Smithfield, RI.

A talk and pattern-making workshop with the English and Cultural Studies students at Bryant University, Smithfield, RI.

Testimonials

"Anna has shared her wonderful work with my Book Illustration and Advanced Book Illustration classes at MICA. Anna’s presentation and critique is always extremely encouraging to my up and coming book illustrators. I look forward to inviting her back each year.”

—Shadra Strickland, Professor,
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)



“Anna’s hands-on workshop gave me an entirely new set of tools to use in my work. As we worked alongside her, she patiently walked us through her process. Anna is warm and generous with her knowledge and teaches with an easy sense of humor. The hours flew by, and I was only disappointed that we didn’t have more time together.”

—Lisa Anchin, Coordinator,
SCBWI New York Metro Chapter

“Anna Raff was simply wonderful with our early childhood classes. Her storytelling mesmerized the littlest ones, and they enjoyed seeing her draw. (We have her drawing hanging in our library.) She was equally engaging when presenting to the Kindergarten and First graders. It is always wonderful for our students to listen and see how an illustrator creates their work.  Thank you, Anna!”

—Tricia Eickelberg, Director of Early Childhood Programs & Chilton House Librarian,
Elisabeth Morrow School, NJ

“Anna Raff had a great visit to my classroom.
She read her book A Big Surprise for Little Card and did a wonderful project with the kindergartners, who were engaged the whole time. She answered all their questions and had excellent rapport with the children. I would recommend her to other schools and classrooms for an intriguing author visit.”

—Christine Cincotta, Teacher,
Friends Seminary, NYC