Ready Set Draw! with Paul O. Zelinsky HOW TO DRAW A CAT

Join Caldecott Medal winning author/illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky for Ready Set Draw! and a lesson in drawing cats! Follow along step-by-step: First, try an easy version; then challenge yourself to draw a more realistic cat, just like the cat in RAPUNZEL!

Look at the illustrated cats in some of Paul’s picture books, then follow along with him to learn to draw cats of your own. Paul starts with an easy-to-draw version and then moves on to a more realistic drawing of a cat. Learn the secrets to making a cat look like it does in real life, with a few details that will take your drawing from ho-hum to meow!

We’d love to add your artwork to the Ready Set Draw Art Gallery!

Post your paintings on our KidLit TV Facebook page OR use the hashtag #ReadySetDraw on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter so we can find you!
We can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

About the Book

Rapunzel (Picture Puffin Books): Zelinsky, Paul O., Brothers Grimm, Zelinsky, Paul O.: 9780590386029: Amazon.com: Books

This famous fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm turns out to have at least as many sources among literary tales as it does in folklore. Zelinsky chose elements from various versions, both Grimm and earlier, to compose this adaptation.

The story of Rapunzel begins with a couple who, after many years together, find that they are expecting a child. But the wife is plagued by a craving for rapunzel, an herb that grows in the walled garden of the sorceress next door.

To save his wife’s life, the husband steals rapunzel from this garden, only to be caught in the act by the angry sorceress. In return for sparing his life (and the rapunzel he holds), she demands that the husband promise her the newborn child, whom she will name Rapunzel.

There follows the well-known story of a long-haired girl kept in an inaccessible tower, and a prince who finds her and wins her heart.

About Paul O. Zelinsky

Paul O. Zelinsky grew up in Wilmette, Illinois, the son of a mathematics professor father and a medical illustrator mother. He drew compulsively from an early age, but did not know until college that this would be his career. As a Sophomore in Yale College he enrolled in a course on the history and practice of the picture book, co-taught by an English professor and Maurice Sendak. This experience inspired Paul to point himself in the direction of children’s books. His first book appeared in 1978, since which time he has become recognized as one of the most inventive and critically successful artists in the field.

He now lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York. They have two grown daughters.

Among many other awards and prizes, he received the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his illustrated retelling of Rapunzel, as well as Caldecott Honors for three of his books: Hansel and Gretel (1985), Rumpelstiltskin (1987), and Swamp Angel (1995). In 2018, Paul was given the Carle Honor Award for Illustration.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Nany J. Smith

Fantastic! I’m doing this together with my grand son this Thanksgiving Thank you!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Julie Gribble

Sounds like fun! Would LOVE to see how you both do! Please post pictures using #ReadySetDraw on social media and we’ll post them in our Fan Art Gallery. Happy Thanksgiving!

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