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Nathaniel P. Jensen
Jensen has illustrated a number of books about desert animals which include:
"Don't Ever Cross that Road - An Armadillo Story, "Life in the Slow Lane - A Desert Tortoise Tale", "Desert Night Shift - A Packrat Story" and his most recent, "Rattlesnake RULES!" and "A Train Story".
Jensen creates stunning and colorful illustrations with loads of character, fun and plenty of detail to explore. His zany character is a delight for children as he explains and demonstrates his process of creating a children's book.
Jensen is certainly a treat for your next online school visit.
|On April 19th, 2010, I traveled via Skype to Springfield, Tennessee for my first virtual visit. It was fantastic!! It was so oddly easy. I really enjoyed being able to see the kids raising their hands, call on them and answer their questions - just like that! We're planning another visit to practice my 'show' and teach them how to draw a hornet - their mascot.|
|Hi Nathan! We enjoyed both SKYPE visits to our 3rd grade class. The students learned so much about what an illustrator is and what his job entails. They are still drawing yellow jackets (our school mascot) that you taught us to create. You made it easy for them to follow each step! Our students had never experienced anything like what you showed them. They learned that illustrating is much more than drawing. An illustrator must also be a researcher. They understand that the academic skills they learn in school could help prepare them for the job an illustrator does.|
Debbie O'Brien, Technology Coordinator
Cheatham Park Elementary School
A native Austinite and accomplished painter, muralist, and illustrator of a half-dozen children’s books, Jensen has built a fantastic broadcast set in his West Anderson Lane studio for performing his grade school tutorials virtually anywhere in the world using Skype on the Internet.
“I'm a working artist and a Mr. Mom, so it's difficult for me to travel to meet kids and talk about the process of illustrating books. When I discovered the “Skype an Author Network,” I felt this was a best way to reach the broadest audience – in person, virtually speaking.”
I'm going to keep taking pictures and posting as the work progresses on "Big Horn Sheep". It's really taken on steam. I've all of the canvases completely covered in paint (a HUGE step). They are now dry enough that I am starting in on defining and sculpting the characters. I've mixed some great colors and the family is away for the week. No distractions! Yell loudly here: "WE'RE THE ONES IN THE MOUNTAINS!!! BIG HORN SHEEP!!!"
Nathaniel (Nate) Jensen has been a working professional in the arts for the last 18 years. His work has led him to painting buildings as high as 60' tall, illustrating for magazines and newspapers nationwide, animating for feature films and to his favorite work - illustrating children's books.
Author Address: Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Genres: Picture Book
Audiences: Jensen's books are most appropriate for pre-K - 3rd grade levels.
Available Times: Please contact him regarding available times.
No recording of Skype Sessions without permission from the author.
No Cost Meet the Author Visit: 10-15 minutes
In-Depth Visit Length: 45-60 minutes
In-Depth Visit Cost: $150.
Prerequisites: Please familiarize students with Jensen's books. Coloring pages, How-to-Draw pages, and About the Artist pages are available.
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-296-0862
Affiliations: Austin Visual Arts Association
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|kfz||Nate came to Pakistan||0||Mar 15 2012, 8:23 AM EDT by kfz|
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Skype is a wonder thing! The Kindergarten, grade 1 and 2 students at Lahore American School, Pakistan were thoroughly entertained by Nate during a recent Skype chat. They loved his funny but friendly manner. The children asked many questions which Nate patiently answered. The students are still talking about their meeting with a real live illustrator of children's books.
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