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School Visits

Eujin Kim Neilan is an children's book illustrator who visits schools in the Boston areas in Massachusetts. Artist who does school presentation, school presenter, Author who visit school, award winning artist.

Inspiring the Young Artist: Classroom Presentations for Children

Eujin Kim Neilan greatly enjoys visiting schools and considers it a privilege to interact with the children and get feedback from them. As a mother of two children, she has focused on building a program with educational value and parallels to their curriculum as well as inspiring the young artist. She encourages students' active participation in cozy discussions of the different steps in illustrating a book. She also brings many visual materials to support her presentation for easy understanding. Her program runs in two parts. After participatory discussion of storybook illustration, the students are guided in creating individual art projects.

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Grade Levels : K - 4rd Grade

Audience Size : 20-25 students

Length : 60 minutes

Fee : Please fill out the contact form for quote

Requirements : 

  • Two music stands or easels to display artwork and other materials. 

  • Each child needs one black marker and some crayons.


Storytelling: An Introduction to Dragons

Eujin's presentation is based on her book Imagine a Dragon (written by Laurence Pringle). Her storytelling and readings from the book introduce the students to many types of dragon stories from around the world.

Each dragon, from countries as diverse as Egypt, Norway and Greece, is illustrated in a style inspired by the art and traditions of its culture of origin. Eujin also focuses on comparing the contrasting nature of Western and Eastern dragon myths.

The Three I's of Illustration

The story readings are intermingled with her presentation on the process of storybook illustration, which emphasizes the importance of imagination, inspiration and information.

  • Imagination

In illustrating her favorite Korean folktales, Eujin used vivid mental images first formed during her own childhood reading. Students share their own visualizations of a story read aloud by Eujin.

  • Inspiration

Eujin simply defines inspiration as "any kind of help to create something new." Examples discussed include reflection of the Great Pyramid, Viking motif and Greek vase in her paintings.

  • Information

In order to give accurate information to the reader, Eujin researches the subject before she illustrates. She explains what kind of background details would be needed and how and where to search for it

Step by Step: The Stages of Illustration

Eujin describes the process of illustration from the initial reading of the manuscript to the completion of her paintings. She shares examples from her sketchbooks to demonstrate what it takes to plan a final illustration. Then she shows a step-by-step process of the mixed-media method used in her paintings

Student Participation: Sharing Their Inner Dragons

After the discussion, the student project begins with a guided visualization exercise. Eujin has the kids close their eyes and listen to a dragon story. She asks them to pay attention to details while imagining the dragon's shapes and colors. Next, she hands out a sheet of geometric shapes and a simple dragon outline and asks the students to draw what they saw, adding shapes and colors to the outline. Eujin also asks students to write a sentence describing their dragons. If time permits, the whole class shares their dragons with each other.

School List


Blanchard School, Boxborough MA

St. John School, Wellesley MA

Center School, Hopkinton MA

The Pittaway Kindergarten School, Ashland, MA

Walnut Hill School, Natick MA

TLC Preschool, Natick MA

Lilja School, Natick MA

Bennet-Hemenway School, Natick MA

Bowen Elementary School, Newton MA

Memorial Spaulding School, Newton MA

Cabot School, Newton MA

Woodville School, Wakefield MA


“Exceptionally well prepared . . . Your materials were fabulous, and how you broke down your artistic process was beyond excellent. This all combined to make for a well-planned, smooth-running, very timely program . . . I thank you for the great day with the kids. You are an AMAZING artist!”
— Amy Mistrot (School Committee, Natick)
“Students’ imagination and creativity are sparked by Eujin’s carefully constructed presentation. After the program, they are eager to create their own dragon!”
— Cheryl Nelson (Creative Arts and Sciences Committee Curriculum Resource Center)
“Everyone LOVED your presentation. Teachers, kids, cultural arts members. We are planning to have you come back next year . . . Thanks again for giving our children a special presentation that I am sure will stay with them.”
— Carol Holtz (Holtz Design)
“The children were so excited to meet a real illustrator. Eujin’s presentation on how she illustrates books was inspiring to my class. The children were motivated to create their own authentic dragon drawings!”
— Jill Newman (First-grade teacher, Blanchard School, Boxborough)
The kids and the teachers were raving about you. Especially the upper school students said it was the best presentation because it really taught them how to go from an “inspiration” to a creation.
— Daphne Gutz (Enrichment program Coordinator, St. John School, Wellesley)

Books & Illustrations by Eujin

Awards & Recognitions



2013 Worcester Business Journal, “With Creativity, Artists Find Retail Opportunities In Metro West”

2012 NYSRA Charlotte Award 2011-12 Maine Chickadee Award Nomination

2012 Natick Historical Society pick of list for Arts & Cultural

2011 Bank Street College – The Best Children's Books of the Year (Age 5-9)

2011 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee

2011 Notable Books for a Global Society List

2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature – Picture Book Honor

2010 The Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award – Language Arts – Picture Books

2008 Connecticut Book Award – Children's Literature Finalist

2008 William Allen White Children's Book Award – Master List

2007 The Children's Book Committee of Bank Street College of Education – The Best Children's Book of the Year

2005 Pewter Plate Award from Highlights Magazine

2003 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee

2002 Featured in Channel 5 WCVB “CityLine” Sunday News Magazine

1999 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award

1999 Publishers Weekly – Pick of the Week


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