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Introduction to my picture books: Princess Beatrice and the Rotten Robber The Cherry Dress Not a Nibble! The Moon in the Man I’m still awake, still!
Picture books are an art form. The best picture books are a seamless relationship between story and illustration creating a satisfying whole. A picture book is also a unique intimate performance, a shared experience. For children the enjoyment of a good story leads to reading, and an understanding of the illustrations, to the appreciation of art. Picture books are a window into the country of origin.
Discussion of favourite picture books and why they are special. Choosing your idea. Who is it for? Polishing and testing your story. The title. What style of illustration? What medium? The importance of design, layout and cover. The development of picture book from idea to published book using Not a Nibble! as an example.
Introduction to my poetry books: Honey Sandwich Mongrel Doggerel The Moon in the Man – Readings from my anthology of favourite poems – Discussion of various forms of poetry – A close look at particular poems – Examining words: meaning, look, sound, associations, alliteration, repetition, assonance, metaphor, simile – We brainstorm a poem using one of […]
– Discussion of picture books illustrated with watercolours – Introduction to watercolour materials: brushes, paints, palette, paper, tissues, 2 pots of water – Exercises on scrap paper – Everyone does a quick sketch of a model in pencil, then paints over the drawing with watercolor Topics: – The delights of watercolour painting. – Watercolour techniques: […]
– An introduction to zines: small, limited-edition self published books – Favourites from my collection – Where to find zines – We make a zine Topics: – How a book is made Pagination – Brainstorm possibilities – The process of idea, words, editing, title – Illustration style, design – Off to the photocopier. – Folding, […]
Introductory readings featuring favourite characters from a few of the following novels: 45 & 47 Stella Street Fiddle-back Don’t Pat the Wombat! What do you think, Feezal? Remote Man To the Boy in Berlin Where the characters came from. How they developed. We develop two characters from visual reference. –Building the characters into a story. […]
Introduction to me and my books: The Ballad of Cauldron Bay Remote Man To the Boy in Berlin The world is opening up for this age group. In a clear, practical way I show how I write and illustrate. My aim, to help the students develop writing skills and encourage the keen artists. Topics: How […]
Introduction to me and my books, for this age group: 45 & 47 Stella Street Fiddle-back * Don’t Pat the Wombat! What do you think, Feezal? Remote Man To the Boy in Berlin* At this age a child’s developing writing and reading ability reflects their growing independence. I show how I work making the process […]
Introduction to me and my books for this age group: 45 & 47 Stella Street Fiddle-back * Don’t Pat the Wombat! What do you think, Feezal? Honey Sandwich (poetry) Mongrel Doggerel* (poetry) At this age the children’s growing skill at reading and writing, expanding vocabulary, love of wordplay and the ridiculous, outrageous sense of humour, […]
Introduction to me and my books for this age group: Princess Beatrice and the Rotten Robber The Cherry Dress * Not a Nibble! The Moon in the Man I’m Still Awake, Still!* Picture books are an art form, a seamless relationship between story and picture to create a satisfying whole. The enjoyment of a good […]