Let’s get together!
I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with many hundreds of children as an art teacher over the last 20 years, along with all the kids I’ve met showing my artwork and books at school events and classroom talks. I’ve packed the mental toolboxes of these students with ways to work easier, cultivate the artist's attitudes, and turn their looking into seeing as they learn to understand the structure of the world.
They discover the power to draw is really the power to understand. Observation is the essential first step to creation, elaboration, and invention!
Ready to think and work like an artist? It’s easy with the power of PROCESS, the creative step-by-step recipe for making your projects happen. Kids discover how to “pan for gold” in their “stream of consciousness,” learning how artists become mindful, record their thoughts, and then develop their ideas into stories and images that can set the world on fire!
Ready to see how writing and drawing go hand in hand when you create? Words and pictures transform thoughts into a tangible force that can change the world.
Ready to explore the narrative process and how stories describe the world we live in? Everything is a story, and becoming an author can help you create the life you want to live.
I speak to any age group, tailoring my presentation by grade level. Presentations typically last 45 minutes and will include:
- Panning for Gold in your stream of consciousness. Discovering the incredible power of your notebook/journal
- The Power of Story and how we use story to understand the world
- A discussion of my process and how I turn a written script into a finished book.
- What I do when I draw: research and photography, layouts and dummies, thumb- nailing, sketching, finished pencils, inks, and color.
- What I do when I write: researching and using visual aids like photography and art, rough draft, editing, and keeping the "re" in rewriting!
- Answering questions about how I think and work as an artist, my materials, studio workspace, and my inspirations over the years.
- My books will be made available for purchase during my visit; I’m happy to autograph copies for your readers. You can also download the order form provided and fill in the necessary information, along with the names of readers who would like their books personalized.
Mr. Vincent's presentation was wonderful- it was interesting to all ages, witty, and passionate. He had the students from the first word and his gold pan was perfect for the children to grasp his meaning and see his point.
It was particularly nice to hear someone, especially in a school setting, tell our ADHD/ADD, and neurodiverse population that their conditions were not disabilities but gifts! The light in the eyes of those kids was priceless. This is a population that is continually beaten down and suppressed and no one addresses how to help these kids harness their power and how to channel the forces that give them their personality and strengths.
The presentation was very low pressure for our teachers and staff, and had no set up or tear down requirements as Mr. Vincent did all of that himself. The only thing I had to do was upload a presentation into Google. It was easy and low cost- free!
Mr. Vincent's enthusiasm and graciousness was refreshing and welcome and we wish him luck with more and more visits to schools to share his passion with kids and adults alike.
Thank you for sharing him and his stories.
Jim JacklinMusic/Art, Etowah Elementary
We loved that Mr. Vincent's presentation included audience participation and he was especially inclusive in celebrating neurodivergent students in our school community. Mr. Vincent's visit is an excellent way to kick off any creative student-driven projects you have planned and it gives students concrete steps in the creative process to get them started. We are so appreciative of Mr. Vincent's visit and look forward to partnering with him in the future.
Baily GriffithLibrary Media Coordinator/Media Specialist, Claxton Elementary School