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Dinosaurs have inspired, excited and terrified generations of children, and many grown up kids too. Far from new knowledge ‘running out’, the last two decades have seen more paradigm shifts in our understanding of how dinosaurs lived than in the previous century or more, and more discoveries of increasingly bizarre species – vegetarian carnivores, bristle-tailed burrowers, and of course, the feathered predators and their living descendants, the birds.
Paleo-art – the visual reconstruction of extinct species – is the perfect combination of art and science. Children draw (literally!) on both the clues presented by fossil evidence, and their imagination. The habits and colours of living animals are also used as inspiration. Students discover, through drawing, the interrelatedness of living and extinct animals and ecosystems, and how knowledge of the present can aid in reconstructing the past.
Fossil casts, dinosaur models and examples of my dinosaur art and books are presented.
Finding an original way to approach a story can be difficult – how to come up with something that hasn’t been done before? Sometimes, changing your point of view can be the key, by finding an unusual character. And if words get in the way, try writing a story without words at all! In this […]
The story of the French village of Villers-Bretonneux, and the link between it and Australia over nearly a century, is one of the greatest and most moving to emerge from the First World War. As the centenaries of the outbreak of war, Gallipoli, and the battle of Villers-Bretonneux (which occurred on Anzac Day, 1918) approach, […]