Artist and Author Visit for School, Library, Summer Youth Programs

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Loose Leashes (Random House, 2009), Dog-Gone School (Random House, 2013), Back to Dog-Gone School (Random House, 2016)


For over 10 years, artist and author, husband and wife team, Amy & Ron Schmidt have enjoyed sharing their love of poetry and dog-centric pictures in a fun and interactive environment that provides children with the opportunity to explore their own creative ideas. The Schmidts' workshops highlight the creative process, idea generation and creation, and how pictures and poetry come together to form stories.

Program Descriptions 

K – 1st Grades

Program Length Per Session: 30-45 minutes

Ron introduces several of his fun dog characters and asks the children for help in creatively naming them. Amy reads poems from her collection, focusing on simple rhyming schemes. Together, Ron and Amy end the session by leading the class through the creation of a class poem using one of Ron’s images as inspiration. 


2nd - 5th Grades

Program Length Per Session: 50 minutes

Ron and Amy tailor their programs to a grade-appropriate discussion on the creative process; their use of an idea/writer's notebooks, collecting and sparking ideas, word choice, revision, editing, poetry forms. 


Ron begins with a discussion on how his ideas become photos and then leads the children through an interactive exercise on character creation. Amy discusses how she creates stories and poems from Ron’s images/characters and shares several different poetic forms from their books. The session ends with each student creating a picture and/or poem using one of Ron’s images as inspiration.


Morning only session $600.00                

Full-Day Session with a break for lunch $1200.00

*Rates do not include travel/accommodations

Additional Information 

The Schmidts’ presentations are flexible and they are happy to talk with schools/teachers about specific learning themes that can be incorporated into their discussion. Ideally, presentations are given to an entire grade, one to two classes at a time, versus a large general presentation. 


For information on pricing and scheduling a visit, please contact Amy Schmidt at or 732-737-4526 


To see Ron’s entire collection of dog art photogrpahy, please visit