Jon Klassen

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Jon Klassen

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1981Studied annimation at Sheridan College, Graduated in 2005In 2006, he made an animated short, "An Eye for Annai"Worked on Annimation for "Kung Fu Panda" and "Coraline."He helped design the title video for the 2010 Winter Olympics Was the art director of annimated music vide0, "I'll Go Crazy if I Don't Go Crazy Tonight."


This is Not My HatI Want My Hat BackCats' Night OutThe DarkThe Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: the mysterious howlingExtra YarnHouse Held Up By Trees

Supplies: Black or white paper, water color paints, paint brushes, water, paper towels, a book by the illustrator.After showing the students an example of the illustrators technique, discuss the qualities of positive and negative space and how it can emphasize the main focal point.Explain they will be using three colors to create a picture with one main focus. Encourage them to use negative space to emphasize this focus. They may adjust their colors using tinting, and use minimal details to enhance background.


-Caldacott Medal in 2012 for "This is Not My Hat"-Caldacott Honored in 2012 for "Extra Yarn"-10 Best Illistrated Books for 2011 (NY Times) for "I Want My Hat Back"-Governer General's Award for English-Language Children's Illustration for "Cats' Night Out"


Basic Shapes, Plain background, Muted colors, Defined lines, First Illustrates and then narrates to match his pictures, Makes textures with Digital drawing, Watercolor, and coloring. Uses positive and negative space to emphasize focus.

Jon Klassen



BBC Winter Olympics Title Seq.

McCae Mevs, Brittany Odom, Jessica ReeceEDEL 4540- 03 Images, Youtube


  • songebob 7 years ago

    songebob's avatar

    cool but not my fav