Sean Cassidy

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Sean Cassidy

Author, Illustrator
Mono, ON

Pierce: A Woodpecker's Tale (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2014)

Kazaak! (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2010)


Sean Cassidy grew up in Montreal. In elementary school, he filled the back page and inside cover of each copybook with drawings of ships, planes, imaginary islands and cowboys. He wished that he could create characters like those he often copied from comic books, but thought it unlikely that he could ever make that dream come true. In his high school, no Art courses were available for boys. After he had graduated from university, Sean started taking courses in drawing and painting, and realized that his childhood wish would come true.

Sean taught everything from English and Math, to Astronomy in both elementary and secondary school. His final eighteen years, before leaving teaching to work full time on writing and illustrating books, were spent teaching Art, Illustration and Media.

With Sylvia, his wife, Sean has travelled extensively throughout Europe and North America, studying art, architecture and history. After Maggie, his daughter, popped into the world, Sean&;s focus turned to picture books. It was so much fun creating stories for Maggie, he decided to approach publishers with his works.

Sean illustrated his first book, The Chicken Cat, written by Stephanie Simpson McLellan (Fitzhenry&Whiteside publishers), which received the Mr. Christie&;s Gold Seal, and the Ruth Schwartz Award. Since then, Sean&;s books have been nominated for many national and provincial awards, including the Blue Spruce, Chocolate Lily and Shining Willow awards.

Sean loves giving presentations and workshops on reading, writing and illustrating. He is a popular guest in elementary and secondary schools, libraries, as well as at Word on the Street festivals and writer/illustrator conferences.

Sean actively promotes and mentors writers, illustrators and other creators. He is a former president of CANSCAIP - The Canadian Society of Children&;s Authors, Illustrators and Performers. He also sits on the board of directors of Access Copyright.

When he&;s not gazing at Saturn through his telescope, Sean relaxes with a good mystery book, carving wood, and playing his guitar. He has also written a novel - as yet unpublished - and is writing the outline of a second.

Sean is currently working on the illustrations for Pierce - A Woodpecker&;s Tale which will be available in Spring 2014

Sean is very comfortable working with children of all ages, as well as adults.

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My sessions are fun, educational and interactive and they are tailored to the age of the group. Students and teachers will learn skills that they can use in their own work. I will always bring my sketch books, rough drawings and finished paintings.

Typically, after talking about how picture books get written, illustrated and printed, I do some drawing with the children. For Gr 1, 2, 3, 4, I do a drawing lesson that shows them how to create different expressions on a character. In the older grades, students will learn how to create bodies as well as expressions. Everyone will learn simple skills upon which they can build. Teachers frequently tell me that their students return to class and ask to continue exploring what they have just learned.

I also do lessons on body proportions (suitable for grade 4 and up), environments, perspective and picture book creation (suitable for grade 7 and up). I&;m flexible and open to working with teachers and librarians to focus on the areas they&;d like me to cover with their students.

Group Ages and Sizes: Since my presentations are highly interactive, normal class sizes are obviously best for maximum impact. However, I realize that this is not always possible because of budget constraints. I can still make the experience meaningful for groups of up to 70, preferably in a library or classroom setting. I am very flexible and will work with you to ensure a great event.

My sessions are 60-70 minutes long. If I am doing multiple sessions in one location, I need 10 minutes between each session. Students should arrive with required materials in hand, so as not to use up presentation time.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: $450: 2 sessions $600: 3 sessions $700: 4 sessions 1st 200km of a round trip free, then $.50/km.