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This is a lively session with plenty of audience participation, poetry readings, live drawing and a group drawing session.
The session starts with a short slideshow on what an illustrator does and examples of work. The group then pick a short poem from a hat, we read it and discuss: it is funny? hopeful? gruesome? sad? How would they illustrate it? We then look at how another illustrator has tackled the poem.
We pick other poem(s) and Lucinda illustrates this on a whiteboard/pad to audience suggestions.
The children have a go at drawing a picture for their own poem.
End with Q&A, summary and chat.
NOTE this session can be adapted to a workshop with specific materials (such as multi-media or ink techniques) if the group is smaller (ie. under 25 children)
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