A few weeks ago I spoke to a local 1st grade class. I was definitely nervous and a bit unprepared for that particular age. I have only given one talk before, and it was an older age range. I was also expecting 17 kids and was a little flustered that both classes were going to sit there - all 35 of them, plus the 4+ teachers. A big change of pace from my everyday routine as a stay-at-home-mom. Just look at that stunned expression on my face, ieee!
I adjusted my talk as I went, trying to simplify my process. I brought sketches, revisions, original paintings and the final product - the book. I think I could have left a few steps out and perhaps brought my painting supplies. The kids seemed most interested in HOW I made my work, and trying to include digital steps was a stumbling block I think. I read my book aloud, and while I read to my son constantly it was different to read to a group. They were really attentive, and asked interesting questions. It was a great learning experience and I hope to keep doing it. I'm not sure if or when I'd be ready to actually 'sell' myself for school visits, but it was rewarding to spend a little time sharing my work with young, open, minds.
I also made a coloring page for the kids at my husband's suggestion. Boy, was I glad I did. It really seemed like the right thing for that age, and it gave me a chance to do some b&w work, something I NEVER do.