Dare To Draw

Students come equipped with paper, pencil, and a clip board – Mark Kistler expertly guides them through an extraordinary imagination adventure! Dare To Draw!

In-Person or Virtual/Online for Schools and Camps!

Age Range: K-12

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Mark Kistler Dare to Draw

Emmy Award winning illustrator, author, and television star of PBS’s 1980’s children’s television series “The Secret City With Commander Mark!” And in the 1990’s “The Imagination Station!” – now on Amazon Prime Video! – Mark Kistler, presents Dare To Draw, an outstanding school assembly for grades K-12. Prepare your students to blast-off to the land of imagination with the power of a pencil! This unforgettable, 100% hands-on assembly encourages students of all ages to participate by stretching their imaginations in adding depth and perspective to their drawings. Mark Kistler will inspire your students to “Dream It! Draw It! Do It!” in harnessing the power of their imagination to make their life dreams come true.

Students only need a pencil, a piece of paper, and a smiling positive attitude ready to learn how to draw in 3-D!

The Secret City Of Mark Kistler

Students will learn how to draw in 3-D while creating illustrated stories of adventures and antics like: the journey to the bottom of the sea, time travelling with dinosaurs, ancient Egyptian mummies, King Arthur’s Camelot, or even alien penguins and ninja squirrels! While learning to draw, Mark discusses with students the importance of goal setting, dreaming what you want to do with your future, applying your imagination and creativity, and relentlessly pursuing your goals to make your dreams come true.

Mark Kistler deeply believes that learning how to draw, and learning how to draw in 3D, builds critical thinking skills and nourishes self-esteem. His positive messages on goal setting, dream conquering, and the power of reading have sparked millions of children around the world to discover their awesome, individual potentials.

Dare To Draw! is great for Family Nights too! Add a Family Night presentation following your daytime assemblies. Family night features another 3D drawing experience for students and families PLUS Mark’s Art Wall and the opportunity to purchase his prints and books that are sold at Comic Cons around the world! Schools and Families LOVE it! Even adults who say “I can’t even draw a straight line” will be confidently sketching cool 3-D illustrations right alongside their children. It’s a delightful evening of creative magic and fun for the whole family.

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New customers begin with Dare to Draw – Pencil Power,
an introduction to Mark Kistler’s world of 3d Drawing!

pencil power

Through the wonders of technology your school can enjoy the experience of a live Dare to Draw! assembly. During Mark Kister’s Live Webcast Assembly, you’ll feel like he is right there with your students! Mark will teach your kids to Draw! Draw! Draw! just like always, except he’s in his studio, and you’re at your school, classroom or home computer.

The lesson is live and personalized, broadcast through your own technology through Zoom or Meet. He’ll answer your questions and talk to your students while he teaches kids LIVE how to draw with his award-winning zany technique. It’s SO cool! Your school has an opportunity to collaborate with the artist to choose the lessons for your live webcast assemblies from his list of absolutely awesome art inspirations—your students can choose where they want to travel with their imaginations!


Repeat customers select your 2022/23 theme below!

Repeat customers

You can choose to have the students receive the live webcast in individual classrooms or from home. Thirty minutes prior to your scheduled event, you’ll work with Mark to test logistics (internet connection, audio, sound, etc.). Just like with Mark’s in person “Dare to Draw!” school assemblies, at least two live webcast assemblies are scheduled; one for younger students and one for older students. This way, his lessons can be tailored for the skills and abilities of each age group.

And, just like with the in-person program, students and teachers only need pencils, paper and a clipboard, slate or book to use as a lap desk if there are not tables or desks to participate in the live webcast. Sitting on the floor also works great!

• Zoom preferred, or school-hosted Google Meet
• Up to 1000 audience members for Zoom.
• Please divide students into split grades, ex. K-2, 3-5, so the presenter may target content and delivery to the appropriate age group

Now on Amazon Prime!

Imagination Station on Prime Video

Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station – Season 1 – Now on Amazon Prime Video!

Notable Work & Mentions

Mark Kistler is an Emmy Award winning television show creator and host, illustrator, app developer, and author who has taught in more than 7,000 schools over the last 30 years. Through his school assemblies, live appearances, television shows, internet programs, and books, Mark has inspired millions of students to harness the power of their imaginations to make their life dreams come true. Many of Mark’s former student alumni achieved their dreams while working on professional projects like Shrek, Madagascar, Toy Story, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Incredibles, The Simpsons, and many more.

Notable Work and Mentions:

  • 1985 – Commander Mark – starred in Public television’s hit children’s series, The Secret City
  • 1988 – Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad splashed into bookstores across the country
  • 1990 – The Imagination Station Public TV Series introduced millions to the FUN of learning How To Draw in 3D
  • 2010 – Mark Kistler awarded an Emmy for his Public Television Series, Imagination Station
  • 2017 – Imagination Station now on Amazon Prime Video!
  • More than 30 years of School Assembly performances
  • 7,000 school assembly performance
  • 42,000 downloads of his iPhone App “Learn To Draw With Mark Kistler”
  • Author/Illustrator of 10 best-selling “How-to-Draw” books
  • 600,000 Mark Kistler books in print

Outcomes That Count!

“Studies show that students of the arts in all disciplines outperformed their non-arts peers on the SAT by 102 points in 2010.” – The College Board, 2010, Group Profile Report

“Being able to transfer thoughts into three dimensional drawings develops critical thinking and visual communication skills.” – Tim Decker, Former “Simpsons” & Disney Animator

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