PRAISE FOR HOW THE WEST WAS DRAWN; COWBOY CHARLIE'S ART :
I'll never look at art the same way again.
My eyes were thrilled with what they saw today.
Third grader at Edmondson Elementary, Loveland, Colorado
The HOW THE WEST WAS DRAWN series fills a void in the fine arts and social studies curriculum which exists in many schools!! These books should be in EVERY school.
Paula Rossino, retired principal and principal coach, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, Illinois
"How the West Was Drawn" uses kid-friendly questions about Charles Russell's art work to guide young readers back to the time when the cowboy was king. Learning history was never such fun!
2nd grade teacher
Garfield Elementary, Loveland, Colorado
With engaging interactive questions, Linda Osmundson not only teaches about the life and art of Charles Russell, but provides tools that readers can use in future art “investigations.” The success of this book hinges upon these accessible yet provocative lists of questions that bring the artist to life and offer a sense of accomplishment that encourages a love of art and learning.
Curator of Art
Linda Osmundson brings the old west alive in How the West Was Drawn. Every student and adult who reads this interactive book will immediately want to paint their own stories. Yee-haw to Linda and Russell!
Debbie Dadey, author, former librarian and elementary teacher.
HONORARIUM: $400 a day plus travel and accommodation expenses. A day includes four presentations (no more than 2 classrooms each) and book signing. Books for an author visit can be ordered from Pelican Publishing at a 40% discount or purchased from the author for $16.
To schedule an author visit contact her at
. Type "Author Visit" in the subject line. Other contacts are: John Scheyd,
or phone 1-800-843-1724 and Laura Midgett,
Program includes PowerPoint looking at the art of both authors, games for looking, Who Painted It?, Lost Wax props, 19th C. clothing props, drawing, and book signing. Honorarium - $100 a program.
Classroom Art Games - Teachers learn how to look, see, enjoy, react, appreciate, and interact with art objects in a classroom environment. Activities carry over into other curriculum subjects. 1 hour
- Charles M. Russell - An interactive PowerPoint presentation for HOW THE WEST WAS DRAWN: COWBOY CHARLIE'S ART, which delves into the life and art of Charles Russell's art geared for every learning level. Using book images, students discover where Charlie's art appeared, what he used for canvas, hidden creatures, and a painting that reads almost like a comic strip. 45 minutes
- Art Games - Students learn to see art then take away tools to help them look at other works of art in a museum setting. 45 minutes
- Frederic Remington - An interactive PowerPoint presentation for HOW THE WEST WAS DRAWN: FREDERIC REMINGTON'S ART, which delves into the life and art of the artists geared for every learning level including adults. Using book images, students discover where Remington's art appeared; how he made bronze sculptures; and more.
- Comparison of Russell and Remington's works - An interactive PowerPoint presentation on the differences and similarities of the artists' works.
- The Road to Publication: How to write a book and get it published.
- Write a Book Like Mine workshop - students bring favorite art prints, develop looking questions, and make a classroom book.
BOOK CLUBS OR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
- Looking at Art - an interactive PowerPoint presentation using HOW THE WEST WAS DRAWN; COWBOY CHARLIE'S ART or FREDERIC REMINGTON'S reproductions. Learn how to look, interact, enjoy, appreciate and share art with children.
- The Road to Publication - The path Linda took to see her first book published at the age of 72.
- Passing on Your Personal Stories - insights into writing your memoir in a manner your children and grandchildren will enjoy reading.