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Virtual K-12 School Assemblies

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Watch the official movie trailer for “The Secret Cities Of Mark Kistler”. Winner “Best Documentary” San Diego Comic-Con International Film Festival. Experience a behind the scenes story of Mark Kistler's 40 years of school assemblies and his Public Television series.
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Mark Kistler is our most successful LIVE VIRTUAL school assembly, actually the hands down BEST assembly in all of our 7 years (90 assemblies)! He is a “keeper”! This was his 3rd visit to our school, (first virtual), we will most definitely schedule him again next year!


Sandra Riley

Lloyd Harbor ES NY

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"This was our first virtual assembly and I'm happy to say it was a huge success!

The principal and PTA have received so much positive feedback. The students really loved drawing along with you Mark. 

My two kids couldn't wait to show me their drawings (and I couldn't wait to show them mine LOL). 

Thanks again!"

Maria Pulliza

Saw Mill Road Elementary



"Thank you for the enthusiastic zoom yesterday.  I loved how natural you were on a virtual medium.  It was perfect.  Hope to have you again and look forward to drawing with you at your Artemis project next week.  

Thanks again."

Rachel Harris

Wilson Elementary



"The Harbor School was fortunate to experience an artist visit by Mark Kistler.  Mr. Kistler provided a remote assembly for our children in grades Kindergarten through Fifth-grade.  Mr. Kistler not only shared his love of drawing and art with the children but allowed them to all see that they can be artists too.  We highly recommend a visit by Mr. Kistler!

Thank you!"

Tom Burke


Hello fellow passionate supporters of the arts in schools!

We are so excited to be able to offer you Mark Kistler’s world famous school assembly virtually over ZOOM or MEET! Mark has presented his virtual assemblies at hundreds of schools around the world!


Through the wonders of technology your school can enjoy the experience of a live “Dare to Draw!” assembly. During Mark Kister’s Live Virtual 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, live-streamed through Zoom or Meet. He’ll answer your questions and talk to your students and spotlight individual students drawings, all while he teaches kids LIVE how to draw with his award-winning zany technique. It’s SO cool! 

How Does It Work ?

You can choose to project the live webcast in your school gym, cafeteria, auditorium, or classroom smart boards. You also have the option to have the students participate on their individual digital devices in their classrooms or in their homes. Thirty minutes prior to your scheduled event, you’ll work with Mark to test logistics (internet connection, audio, 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 Mark may target content and delivery to the appropriate age group

What Will We Draw ?

Your school has an opportunity to collaborate with Mark Kistler to choose the lessons for your virtual assemblies from his list of absolutely awesome art inspirations—your students can choose where they want to travel with their imaginations!


Perhaps we will draw penguins and polar bears…

“Mr. Mark webcasting LIVE from his 'Antarctic Penguin Research Station!'”


Or…”Mr. Mark LIVE webcasting from ‘The Land Of Dinosaurs!'”


Or possibly…”Mr. Mark LIVE webcasting from 'The Surface of the Moon!'” 


(Actual completed drawings from school assemblies)

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Why Art ?


“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

“If they’re worried about their test scores and want a way to get them higher, they need to give kids more arts…”
– Tom Horne, Arizona State Superintendent

“Just look at the inventors of the iPhone and the developers of Google… Creative experiences are part of the daily work life of engineers, business managers, and other professionals… America’s children will need to be inventive and imaginative. The best way to foster that creativity is through arts education.”
– Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

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Mark Kistler has presented his acclaimed K-12 Visual Arts Assembly at thousands of schools around the world. He inspires your students to “Dream it! Draw it! Do it!!” in harnessing the power of their imagination to make their life dreams come true. Many of Mark’s 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.

For four decades, Mark Kistler has been teaching kids at thousands of schools with this world-famous assembly program. This is an unforgettable hands-on assembly that encourages students, teachers, and parents to participate. Mark has taught millions of children around the world how to draw…he can teach your students, too!

  • 40+ years of school assembly performances

  • Thousands school assembly performances

  • Millions of visitors on,, and Amazon Prime

  • Author/Illustrator of 23 popular “How-to-Draw” books

  • Over a Million Mark Kistler books sold worldwide

  • 2010 Emmy Award Winner

  • Co-Creator/Host of Public Television’s “Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station”

  • Co-created and stared in the 1980's PBS children's series "The Secret City"

  • Winner of "Best Documentary" at San Diego Comic Con International Film Festival for the movie "The Secret Cities of Mark Kistler".

Mark deeply believes that learning how to draw in 3-D builds a child’s critical thinking skills while nourishing 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.




Yes! Schools may pre-order Marks books as a fund raiser to offset the costs of his assemblies

To view the student take home pre-order book form, click the button bellow!


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