2/27/13

Free Creativity Email Service for Kids from Author Ryan Sias

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I met children’s book author and illustrator, Ryan Sias, last year at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference in New Jersey. Engaging and creative, Ryan was the type of guy who never lost his childhood imagination as seen through his books Zoe and Robot - Let's Pretend, Are You Eating Something Red? and Are You Eating Something Green? (Blue Apple Books).

Ryan, who has directed videos for Barney, Chuck E. Cheese and is currently working with Sesame Street, has created Box Studio, a FREE email service that encourages a creative lifestyle for children ages 4-11 years old. 


Every week, Ryan will email one to two projects that include easy and fun drawing lessons, creative coloring pages and creative play projects. Parents can either print out the pages or kids can use them through an iPad.

 

Ryan wants to promote healthy, happy creative kids and knows that art can support children in developing other life skills to become well rounded individuals:

  • Creativity
  • Confidence
  • Problem Solving
  • Perseverance
  • Focus
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Receiving Constructive Feedback
  • Collaboration
  • Dedication
  • Accountability

To sign up for this FREE creativity email service that conveniently comes to your inbox every Friday, please CLICK HERE.

About Ryan Sias
Ryan Sias is the author of "Zoe and Robot - Let's Pretend" (Blue Apple Books). He also has done a healthy eating board book "Are You Eating Something Red?" and “Are You Eating Something Green?” His comics have appeared in Nickelodeon magazine, the Flight series (Villard) and MAD magazine. He publishes a comic, "Silent Kimbly" on the educational website Funbrain.com. Ryan has considerable experience in the world of television and film. He has directed videos for Barney and Chuck E. Cheese and his storyboarding credits include the movie "Bowling for Columbine," "Robots," "Pinky Dinky Doo" and "Maya & Miguel" for Scholastic Entertainment. He is currently working with Sesame Street.

Ryan's artist temperament was shaped at an early age by his father, an industrial designer, and his mother, a kindergarten teacher. "Sesame Street" and the author, Dr. Seuss, fuelled his creativity and early on he developed a passion for drawing monkeys and monsters. In middle school Sias was diagnosed as dyslexic. While this didn't make academics any less challenging for him, it did get him out of Spanish class and into extra art classes. Ryan earned a B.F.A at the Ringling School of Art in Florida, where he created the puppet troupe, the "Patchwork Puppets" and performed in schools, libraries and theme parks. After working for five years at ReelFX in Texas as an art director for videos he moved to New York to pursue his television and children's book illustration career. For more information, visit www.ryansias.com.

Image credits: Ryan Sias

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