Kevin Luthardt is an author, illustrator, and muralist based in the Chicago area. He graduated with a BFA in painting from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Kevin is the author and/or illustrator of eight picture books: FLYING! (2009, Peachtree), THE VOWEL FAMILY: a Tale of Lost Letters written by Sally M. Walker, (2008, Carolrhoda), ZOOM! written by Diane Adams (2005, Peachtree), YOU'RE WEIRD! (2005, Dial), HATS! (2004, Albert Whitman), LARABEE (2004, Peachtree), PEEP! (2003, Peachtree), and MINE! (2001, Atheneum). His paintings and drawings are currently represented by Mars Gallery in Chicago, and his original picture book illustrations have been featured at the Mazza Museum (Findlay, OH), Storyopolis (Los Angeles), and many other venues. He is also a muralist, creating large-scale community mural projects in schools, libraries, churches, etc. Kevin's artwork has been featured in the Chicago Public Library Summer Reading Program, the Illinois Library Association IREAD Summer Reading Program, Chicago Public Schools Literature and Writing Magnet Cluster Program, among others.
Kevin is very active in using his work to teach and inspire students of all ages (children and adults). Each year, he gives presentations and workshops in around 40-50 schools, libraries, and conferences. In his interactive school and library programs, he takes the students through the process of creating a picture book from the basic idea to the finished product. The students will get an up close look at sketches, drawings, and finished paintings from his books, and even artwork he created as a child! Kevin will explain what publishers do and how a book gets published. Students will learn the virtues of hard work, practice, and persistence to achieve their goals. They will also learn drawing and illustration skills as they do their own step-by-step drawing with Kevin! His programs can be expanded into longer workshop formats.
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