Nicole Rubel's core presentations are suitable for large
or small groups. Her writing workshops were generally developed for classroom sized participant groups.
Nicole speaks to all age groups and is a particularly popular keynote convention speaker.
|Nicole Rubel has
several basic core presentations. Each of her presentations can
be adapted to correlate with the goals and objectives you have for an
author visit. She inspires readers, writers, and artists.
Meet Rotten Ralph (K-5)
Using power point slides the audience is able to view Rubel's
crazy-Ralph flavored home and studio decor. She speaks of her
childhood in a family of four children, including her identical twin
who seemed to be better at everything.
Rubel speaks of the famous artists who inspired her art form and shows
how Ralph has changed over the years. Audience participation is
encouraged as Rubel draws a Rotten Ralph picture and reads from a
Rotten Ralph book -- usually the newest title.
Ham and Pickles First Day of School
Overall theme: sympathy and empathy<>
Curriculum connections: self to text,
writing ideas, recognizing art style, character education.
After discussing her own childhood as one of four children, including
an identical twin, and being the quiet kid in teh back ofthe class who
never raised her hand she emphasizes that "even the quiet kid has
talents and can achieve dreams."
She displays paintings
of famous artists that have influenced her work and explain her unique use
of black line, bright colors and patterns and go on to make clear what
exactly defines an art style.
The second segment includes involving children in an oral reading of Ham and Pickles
and together, writing a sympathetic letter to Pickles, warning her
about her brother's silly advice. In addition, Rubel with the audience will develop written
suggestions to help Pickle love her first day at school.
session ends with a drawing demonstration. Children will give "art
direction" and I will draw their suggestions on a large piece of paper.
The goal is to produce a collaborative drawing, that will be signed, and
the school will retain. Q&A.
The It’s Hot and Cold In Miami Program
(Upper Intermediate-middle school and adaptable for secondary/adult audiences)
Alternating between passages from the
book and slides of her childhood I illuminate the real-life story
behind the fictionalized version of the book.The visuals are used as
talking points to discuss some of Rubel's decisions to
disguise or not certain aspects of her family life while sharing her personal journey from being a
non-speaking (true!) twin to finding her voice as an artist and an
individual. And how eventually she transformed herself from "twin" to "Nicole."
Art History Favorites with Rotten Ralph
Rotten Ralph loves the master painters. He likes to think what
might have happened if anyone of them had owned a cat — a cat just like
him. With slides and a lot of dialogue and inspiration Rubel
shares some of Ralph's old classics as de Vinci, Vermeer, Grant Wood
and others would have created them if only they had known Ralph.
See a complete catalog of Ralph's envisioned classics on Rubel's Rotten Ralph Art page.
This is a humorous and entertaining presentation for conferences and keynotes.