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Harry Bliss

Harry Bliss is an internationally syndicated cartoonist and cover artist for the New Yorker magazine. His self-titled single panel gag cartoon, Bliss, appears in major newspapers across the United States and Japan. Bliss also illustrates books for children. Bliss’ first children’s book, A Fine, Fine School by Newbery-Medal-winning author Sharon Creech, was a New York Times best seller. Bliss went on to illustrate Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig, and Countdown to Kindergarten and Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth, both by Alison McGhee. Bliss has also created the pictures for Diary of a Worm , Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin, all New York Times best sellers. Other best sellers include Don’t Forget to Come Back by Robie H. Harris, A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee and Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo.

School Visits 

Since 2004 Bliss has visited many schools and interacted with thousands of children all over the world teaching comics/drawing/satire. Bliss has travelled to Peru, Bucharest, Moscow, Singapore, Dubai and the United States. The goal with these school visits is to demonstrate the need for creating thinking through drawing. With accessible language for kids and educators and aided by a fun interactive ‘scribble’ game, Bliss seeks to illuminate perception based on the act of drawing. He begins with images of his work (some biographical images, cartoons, books), followed by an interactive drawing game (He asks kids to come up and make scribbles, then turns their scribbles into funny things) and finishes with questions and answers. The program lasts 45 minutes and the format is PowerPoint Images for 20 minutes, Scribble Game for 20 minutes and
Q and A for 5 to 15 minutes

 

Mistakes Are Good


One of the things Harry tries to stress in his programs is patience and how our perceived ‘mistakes’ are in fact, signs of growth and accomplishment. Most adults often say ‘I loved to draw when I was a kid,’ so, why did they stop?  Children all over the world draw, it’s a visceral art form and it should be a life-long activity. He is  convinced that children stop drawing when they become frustrated and believes it’s frustration which contributes to a decline in creativity. He brings this understanding to children so they can move forward in art and life with a more curious attitude about so-called mistakes.

 

 
Grade Levels: Grades 3-5 , Grades K-2
 
Genres: Fiction