School, library & speaking engagements:
Derek loves to speak with kids of all ages and developmental levels. He finds their excitement and enthusiasm contagious! Derek has 5+ years of experience teaching engaging art classes and creating art class curriculums. Each presentation is tailored to the needs of the group. The presentations are fun, highly interactive, and questions are strongly encouraged.  
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"Derek Douglas visited the Dundas Branch of the Hamilton Public Library during Lifelong Learning Week 2015. He did a presentation for 60 students from grades 1-5 discussing his illustrations from Canada: Our Road to Democracy. He also brought a diorama of a library which he is developing for a new picture book project. The library has lights that work, globes that spin and an adjustable chair at the Information desk! The kids were especially impressed with the short movie he made about constructing the diorama and his process for creating illustrations. This was a big group of children and a wide age range but he had everyone focused and bursting with questions. He was fantastic and very willing to answer questions. The kids left with lots of new ideas and enthusiasm about books and how they are created. Dundas Branch staff happily recommend Derek as a well organized, creative and talented speaker for school age children." -- Kelly Elliot, Children’s services, & Leslie Muirhead, Branch Manager, Dundas Branch of the Hamilton Public Library.

"Derek Douglas of Right Side Studios presented an excellent workshop to my grade two students. He obviously took great care in preparing for his highly interactive lessons on collage, perspective, charcoal rubbing and silhouette art techniques. Derek really connected with my students and gave them many opportunities to participate in the lesson. He kindly responded to all of their questions and could communicate at their level of understanding. I would highly recommend booking him to present to your class." -- Sharon Harvey, Grade 2 Teacher, Sir William Osler Public School.
"I recently visited Derek's studio with my four children (ages 9,8,6 and 4). They are all interested in art and were very excited for the opportunity. Derek didn't let them down. From his engaging videos explaining what it is to be an illustrator, to his hands on spatter technique with all the kids individually, he had my children inspired and amazed. It was so special for them to see some of the work he has done. The first thing they did when they got home was run for their sketch books. It has been so fun to watch his style show up in their own artwork. I wouldn't be surprised if his inspiring words and beautiful illustrations help to produce a professional artist from among them. Such a wonderful morning, thanks Derek!!" -- Sharon, Halton Homeschoolers Class.
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