Jeff Hopkins is a storyteller, web series host, illustrator, and long-time advocate for the arts in education. He is the creator and host of the popular Guggenheim Museum web series “Sketch with Jeff”, which has been seen by viewers around the world on the museum’s website and social media. “Sketch with Jeff” has also appeared for three seasons as a segment on the PBS television show “Camp TV”. Episodes of "Sketch with Jeff" can be found on the Sensical streaming network for kids.
Jeff performs his live drawing/storytelling shows for students and families at arts institutions, schools, and libraries across the country. He has also worked as a Teaching Artist for arts institutions including the Whitney Museum, MoMA, The Jewish Museum, ArtsConnection, American Ballet Theatre, and the Guggenheim. He has taught at Tufts University and New York University, and currently teaches Art Education at the City College of New York.
Jeff has created illustrations for more than two dozen early-reader books for children. His hardcover book The Only One Club (by Jane Naliboff, Flashlight Press) was named a Society of International Librarians Honor Book. Jeff holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Education from Harvard University.
"Jeff's imaginative and playful stories delight both kids and adults! For the Delaware Art Museum's annual "Storyteller-in-Residence" program, Jeff creatively integrates age-appropriate storytelling techniques into his performance, illustration, and original narratives."
Director of Education
Delaware Art Museum
"I have had the privilege to work with Jeff for over 15 years. His creative instinct and ability to "draw" a story are without a doubt the best I have ever experienced. His vivacious and energetic personality allows his performances to bring to life characters and highlight his incredible illustration talent."
Director of School Programs
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
"Whether leading a class for 22 students or a workshop for 200 educators, Jeff Hopkins creates a participatory environment that is inspiring, empowering, and educational. He has a unique ability to directly engage with his audiences, making unexpected connections, integrating disciplines, and finding synergies across fields. The Aldrich prides itself on offering quality programming to a diverse public, and often looks to Jeff to deliver highly creative, inclusive, dynamic, and engaging experiences for individuals of all ages."
Associate Director, Academic Programs
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum