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Anna Zobel: Everyone Can Draw!

Session Info:

Anna uses her experience as a primary school teacher to make her workshops as fun, engaging and inspiring as possible. The workshop ‘Everyone Can Draw’ takes students through a series of drawing activities designed to get creative juices flowing. The workshop analyses illustrator craft and equips students to understand how visual representations contribute to understanding of a text (VCELA215, VCELY233). Where necessary, activity sheets are provided.

A typical session would include a selection of the following:
  • 30 second drawing warm-ups
  • 2-5 min warm-ups: drawing along with Anna and discovering our ‘drawing handwriting’
  • Using a spinning wheel to generate an adjective, a verb and a noun (i.e. a hungry witch eating a chair) and drawing that scene
  • Using shape to design characters

Topics covered:

  • Unpacking how Anna became an author/illustrator
  • The idea that practice makes progress
  • Purpose of illustrations: the author tells, the illustrator shows
  • Nouns and verbs
  • How to uncover your unique drawing style (our ‘drawing handwriting’)
  • Why there is no such thing as being ‘naturally’ good at drawing
  • Different methods of teaching yourself how to draw

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