To tie in with this summer’s theme, my ultra-unique, draw-along program is called “On Your Mark, Get Set… Draw! and it is a far cry from the typical lecture style program where a speaker or entertainer stands at the front of the room and does whatever it is they do as the kids watch passively.

(You know the type I am talking about – the ones that are all more or less exactly the same :  the performer does a magic trick or juggles or whatever and your kids just sit there and watch.)

During my library programs everyone (not just a handful of volunteers) literally draws right along with me as I lead them through a series of whimsical, fun, and entertaining drawing lessons.

It’s a whole lotta fun for the kids because they actually get to DO something, not just watch.

Here’s How It Works

Using a document camera, projector and large screen, I’ll lead the group step-by-step through three drawing lessons (usually of animals).  As I draw up on the screen, your kids (school aged, 5 to 12-year olds) follow along with their own supplies, creating a booklet of drawings they can take home to show mom and dad.

But I don’t just teach the drawing lessons…

You see, this isn’t a line by line approach drawing…  oh no… it’s much more fun and entertaining!

It’s truly a performance, with each step of the drawing lesson acted out by myself and the kids.  They’ll imagine picking items up and dropping them into their pictures… they’ll hear hilariously kid-friendly stories to move the lessons along… and… they’ll laugh their socks off at the jokes I have cleverly weaved in to each drawing lessons.
The show lasts approximately 50 minutes and I can work with any size group… from ten kids to a thousand. (My main career is performing in elementary schools for audiences between 300-500 kids at a time.  Library groups of 50 to a couple hundred are really, really simple.)

Also rest assured: I use a variety of mega-effective teaching strategies to keep everyone focused and on task throughout the entire performance.  (These strategies of engagement are so powerful, when I perform at schools, I am literally begged by teachers to do workshops for them to help make what they do more effective and impactful.)

I just mention this because a lot of “entertainers” tend to let the kids get wildly out of control. Mine definitely keeps the kids focused and engaged while being entertained … it’s at a library, after all.

All Supplies Are Included

You don’t need to worry about sharpening pencils, getting paper, or any of that — I’ll bring a special kind of drawing paper for all the kids to use, along with enough sharpened pencils for any size group!  If you have tables they can sit at, that works well… however… I also bring boards for everyone to use as lap-desks if they’d prefer to sit on the ground.

My super-simple setup includes a projector, a screen, and a portable sound system, so you won’t need to worry about any “tech stuff.”

Now – check this out:

Two More Super Awesome Things

Kyle Tiernan

Renegade Art Teacher

Lover of drawing, reading, art, and making kids laugh.

Years Of Performing
Library Shows
School Assembly Performances
Successful Kids
  • You get PRIZES for your summer reading program! For excitement building effect, I bring six JUMBO (20×30 inch) poster-sized drawings of mine with me. And, at the end of the show, I’ll leave them with you and you can either use them as decorations around your library or you can raffle them off to the kids at the end of the summer reading program! And…
  • Before I arrive, I’ll send you a copy of my list of “20 Great Books Every Kid Should Read.” (These are books I’ve hand picked as my favorites, based on their variety of illustration techniques and all ‘round awesomeness.)  Books like Rainbow Fish, Jumanji, and My Dog Is As Smelly As Socks are on this list. We can pull these books ahead of time and put them out on display… because at the end of the show, I’m going to…

Encourage The Kids To Check Those Books Out!

You see – many kids ask me how I learned how to draw. And, one of the things I used to do as a kid, and what I still do now, is read great children’s books, and try to emulate the wonderful pictures inside.  It’s a fantastic way to get the kids reading and drawing!

So Here’s Everything You Get When You Book This Show For Your Library’s Summer Reading Program

  1. One Completely Interactive, 50 minute, “How To Draw” Summer Reading Program Performance geared for children ages 5-12…
  2. Six JUMBO sized pieces of original artwork to use as Raffle Prizes at the end of your Summer Reading Program…
  3. My list of 20 Great Books Every Kid Should Read to get the kids stoked about drawing and reading…
  4. Special drawing paper and pencils for all the children to use during the shows…
  5. Plus – you’ll get my PROVEN attendance-boosting flyers and promotional posters so you don’t have to worry about creating any!  The promo posters are 20×30 inches and the flyer is a specially designed, custom for your library, half-sheet you can stick in your patrons books as they check out during the week before the performance.

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20 Great Books Every Kid Should Read

  1. Sometimes I Like To Curl Up In A Ball
  2. My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  4. Jumanji
  5. The Rainbow Fish
  6. A Light In The Attic
  7. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
  8. Parts!
  9. Big Bad Bruce
  10. Kyle Tiernan’s Coloring Book!

These carefully selected books (along with 10 more) make up my list of great books every kid should read.  They’ve been selected for their wide variety of illustration techniques and wonderful stories.

Summer Reading 2016

Simply give me a call at (888) 299-2606 or send over an email to [email protected]

I’ll be happy to answer any remaining questions you might have and discuss availability in your area.


-Kyle Tiernan