Matt Novak has been a puppeteer, a teacher and a Disney artist,
where he worked on such films as "Beauty and Beast"
and "Rescuers Down Under." The emphasis of his presentations
is on imagination and using it to create a story from start to
finish. Available for assemblies, classroom visits, art and writing
workshops, parent nights and book signings, he's also happy to
Skype with children and adults.
have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for him
to answer. He will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing
his latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will
then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first,
depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A
is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually
to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes
the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format
will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have.
If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images
onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat
different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of
If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know
before setting up the program and please provide a general idea
of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least
a week before the chat so he can prepare.
He'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the
chat, but be sure to send them to him in a timely manner so he
can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.
* for 1 one-hour long chat
* for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
* for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
see his bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the
page for a list of his books, information on his presentations
when he comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information
for getting his books from a variety of sources.
FEW WORDS FROM A TEACHER WHOSE STUDENTS HAD AN ONLINE CHAT WITH
thought the chat went really well. The students had prepped some
great questions after exploring him on the internet --- about
his work on books, at the art college and at his animation studio.
Because of their *investigations* they came up with some really
good questions that led him to talk about things he might not
have done otherwise.
had just a little bit of time at the end to do a writing activity
but it went well also. I think with a smaller audience the writing
activity would do well and he could really expand on it because
his ideas were good and his helpful hints to the students were
really good as well.
it was another great experience and I intend to Skype much more
often with authors in the future!