Historical Art, Picture Book Illustrations, Landscape Paintings
I have been privileged to spend time with students of all ages in the classroom, library or art studio. One of the hidden joys of being a picture book illustrator is getting the chance to spend time with students and faculty.
What type of experience do I offer students?
I give a variety of presentations, geared towards the age of the student as well as the school's needs.
"Illustrator Visit" - This is my most common visit. I show slides and talk about my childhood passion for art and history and then give a detailed, step by step look at the creation of the artwork in my books. I always end by drawing a sketch that the class keeps, I always show up with original paintings, and I always stress the importance of creativity in one's life.
"Historian Visit" - I also do visits built around a specific historic theme - the American Civil War, or the Fur Trade or even make an appearance as George Catlin, the "Painter of the American Indian". These visits involve historic costuming and props, as well as storytelling, and I often finish by drawing a picture for the class.
"B is for Battle Cry Visit" - This visit is an interactive, costumed experience where students - and even teachers - help me act out various scenes from my "B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet" picture book. This has become a very popular presentation, which culminates in a look at the creation of the book, as well as my usual drawing for the class. If circumstances allow it, the author - my wife Patricia Bauer - joins us for the visit.
"Artist in Residence" - This is usually a week-long visit focusing on drawing and coloring artwork with the students. I often have the students draw an object ( it could be a canoe or even a model of a dinosaur) "from life". As always, I adapt this to the needs of the school.
How much would it cost?
Fees vary depending on a variety of factors. However, the basic starting fee is usually $300 for one presentation within the Twin Cities Metro Area. There is an additional fee of $100 for each presentation beyond the first, up to a total of 5 in a day. Travel and lodging fees may also be required in some cases. For visits lasting more than one day, the cost per day tends to go down slightly.
How do we start the process?
I encourage you to email me and we can begin to talk about what your needs may be - I am quite flexible and I am sure we can create an experience that will be rewarding for all.
Go to the "Contact" page on this site (above) and send me a message. My email address is:
Here are some nice things folks have written about my visits:
Darcy J. Uppena, Royall Elementary Schools Principal
"Good Morning Dave,
I wanted to thank you. This has to be one of the best experiences for the children in the 6 years that I have been at Royall. You have an amazing natural rapport with students that allows you to be able to reach them. We are truly the fortunate ones. Thank you for all that you brought to our students . . ."
Kevin Scroggins, St. Odilia Catholic School
“Dear Mr. Geister,
I want to thank you SO MUCH for your wonderful presentation . . . To say you inspired them would be an understatement. This . . . I noticed the class was a bit more quiet than usual. Then I realized why...they had all taken their seats (when they could have been playing games and visiting with friends before school!) and they were ALL sketching in their notebooks!!! I really had to smile! You are incredibly interesting and entertaining and I was amazed to note that an hour had gone by! That is a VERY long time to hold a second grader's attention, but you certainly did and they were not ready to leave when the time came for us to do so!
Thank you for sharing your talent and your gift with all of us! I wish you continued success!”
"Thank you so much for sharing your amazing new book with us! Your presentation was enjoyable and educational. It was the right length of time and your concept was perfect for fourth graders. I especially like the way you showed the process of getting your work published. Your original paintings are breathtaking!"