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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We invited Derek Douglas to our school Library to present to our Primary and Junior students from kindergarten to Grade 6. The focus of the presentation was showing students how he draws digitally and uses photoshop to edit drawings as well as photos. His presentation captivated our students. Derek is full of energy and has created some awesome props to demonstrate how digital drawing works. The students’ focus during the presentation was most impressive! They particularly enjoyed the "how-to" drawing component and didn’t want to stop! I would highly recommend Derek! He showed the students that there are endless possibilities when using photoshop. It’s a unique presentation from an illustrator's point of view that our students had not been exposed to before. He also has some fantastic resources on his website. In particular, there is a video about creating a 3-D diorama. Students had lots of questions after viewing in their class and were inspired to create their own. -- Mira Campbell, Teacher-Librarian, FH Miller Public School, Toronto District School Board
"On behalf of the whole Telling Tales Team, we would like to give Derek a top 5 star- plus rating. We contracted him to create our 2017 Canada 150 graphic to support our theme "Stories Take you Anywhere". The mural he created was outstanding and far exceeded expectations. We also asked him for a video to help us promote him as a presenter for 2017. The two videos he produced were dynamite with true kid-appeal. They generated 1,000s o views. We then contracted him in the same year for five different presentations to discuss illustration with our young audiences and showcase his children's books from Humber Press. Again he exceeded our expectations by consistently delivering very lively engaging sessions that involved kids painting on huge canvases with brooms and more. Derek has a natural and inspiring way of capturing the attention of a young audience. He is a treasure. We hope to work with him again soon and look forward to watching his career as a children's illustrator soar.” -- Susan Jasper, Executive Director and Founder of Telling Tales Festival
"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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