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Phone:
360-779-8089

FAX:
360-779-7531

Mail:
Draw Your World
PO Box 818
Keyport, WA 98345 USA

Wednesday
Feb232011

When I see a child's drawing. . . 

Marie Hablitzel, my mother and co-author, passed away in February (2007). Everyone who knew her acknowledged her special way with children. It shone through in children’s artwork.Marie HablitzelMarie Hablitzel

In March, I returned home and was taking care of errands when I noticed a wall near the exit of the grocery store covered with cute children’s drawings of octopi. On my way out, I stopped to have a closer look, and realized, “Hey, that’s Mom’s octopus lesson from Book 6!” It picked up my spirits. Seeing those drawings would have been enough for me, but when I got to the bank, there were children’s colorful drawings of sunflowers in the foyer, a lesson from Book 3. Just a few blocks from the bank, the appliance store window was filled with drawings of the Gingerbread Boy, a lesson from Book 1. It was Youth Art Month and the retailers were displaying local school children’s artwork. The bank clerk had another explanation—the drawings were little angels all over town.

One of my brothers noted that the Draw Write Now series is a tribute to our mother’s many years in the classroom. I must add that when I see a child’s drawing, it’s a tribute to my mother and all the other teachers who put their heart and soul into helping children learn. I am forever thankful that her lessons have been shared with so many children, teachers and parents.

—Kim Stitzer
“Drawing a picture together gave everyone a chance to begin the day with a successful project. A new student, a child with weak reading skills, or one who didn’t understand English could follow along with me. Everyone could draw and write the short sentences.”
—Marie Hablitzel
Tuesday
Feb222011

About Us: Kim Stitzer

My mother and I published our first book 17 years ago. Looking back, neither of us had aspirations to become authors, but that’s what we ended up doing. It simply fell into place.

Our publisher had this photograph taken of us in 1994 for use in the Draw Write Now books. Just so it’s on record, Marie didn’t like the photo!

I loved being my children’s first teacher. I helped them learn to read, cook and write their names. But, when they asked me to show them how to draw a dog or a car, I fumbled or felt that I needed to prepare an art lesson so that I could “do it correctly”. Since I was short on time, the art books I bought were rarely used. My mother had drawn with me when I was a child, plus she was a school teacher, so I asked for her help. She mailed letters to us with simple drawing instructions. These letters were the inspiration for the Draw Write Now books. See Marie’s Story.

I am not a school teacher or a homeschool parent—my early work experience was in business and my children attended public schools. When I signed on as Marie’s coauthor, she was the experienced educator/artist and I was her assistant. She was the wise grandmother helping me deal with a three year-old child’s tantrums. Ever supportive, she shared what she knew, boosted my confidence and even claimed that she learned a few things from me.

Now, as I approach my 55th birthday, it’s nice to look back and see that I’ve grown and to know that my experience and knowledge helps other parents, teachers and homeschool parents. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with my mother and pass along her insight and techniques.

Kim Stitzer is coauthor of the Draw Write Now series and creator of the Draw Your World website. See also:

Starting with a Sketch

 

Monday
Feb212011

About Us: Draw Your World

Draw Your World provides lessons, tips and supplies to help parents and teachers teach drawing and writing to children. The site highlights the work of authors Marie Hablitzel and Kim Stitzer.

Location
We are near Seattle in the town of Poulsbo, WA on the Kitsap Peninsula.

Contact
Draw Your World, PO Box 818, Keyport, WA 98345 USA
Phone: 360-779-8089
FAX: 360-779-7531
info -at- drawyourworld -dot- com

Retail
Our sales are primarily online. We have a few part-time workers and work out of Kim Stitzer’s home. If you call, Kim will most likely answer the phone. At times, we travel to conventions or conferences, but currently have that on hold.

Wholesale
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Retailers, please consider adding the Draw Write Now book series to your store or catalog. We are the authors of the series—it’s best to contact our publisher, Barker Creek Publishing, (800) 692-5833. Tell them Kim sent you!

Draw Your WorldOur Business Name
Our name, Draw Your World, comes from a phrase Marie Hablitzel used when she encouraged children to add a background to their pictures.

These logo images may be used when linking to our site:

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Saturday
Feb192011

About Us: You may have seen...

Thursday
Feb102011

Drawings: General

Jessie, age 11

 

Rachel, age 10

Brendan - In 1999, our publisher liked Brendan’s drawing so much they used it on the cover of their product catalog. I believe his age was 7.

Carlie, age 7

Kellie, age 6

Marshall

Hannah, age 8?

Gabriella, age 6

Thomas, age 6

Gabriella, age 6

Thomas, age 6 

Wednesday
Feb092011

Drawings: Whales

Blue Whale lesson from Draw-Write-Now, Book 6
See this Sample lesson.

Keith, age 11 

 

Rachel, age 10

 


Hannah, age 5


Jessie, age 7

Tuesday
Feb082011

Drawings: Walrus

Marie Hablitzel gave lessons to the 1st/2nd grade class at Community Christian School. These students are 6 to 8 years-old.


 

 

 

Monday
Feb072011

Drawings: Swans

Marie Hablitzel gave lessons to the 1st/2nd grade class at Community Christian School. These students are 6 to 8 years-old. They started the school year printing.