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This workshop will address translating a set text/narrative into a series of illustrations. The complexity and length of the text can be adapted to the proposed duration of the workshop and the age of the students.

Michelle will take the students/participants through the process of creating a rough, initial visual storyboard, from which they will select at least one rough draft to work up as a final illustration so a set size ratio.

The set text teaches participants the specific requirements of professional illustration where the artwork is invariably working with subject matter which may, at least in part, require them to draw elements/objects they would not consider by choice.

They will also investigate working to a set size across several drawings and having to adjust their compositions/ideas accordingly, taking into account text placement, scale issues and centre lines of double-page spreads. We will also address issues of keeping continuity across a series of drawings

I will also address the importance of the artist bringing their own visual contribution/subtext to the narrative.

Students will be encouraged to work images/illustrations up in their own choice of materials, ie Collage, pen and ink, watercolour, paint, colour pencil or a combination of media.

Topics covered

  • Translating text to image
  • Storyboarding
  • Mockups
  • Drawing to scale
  • Composition
  • Continuity.
  • Use of materials.


Author Workshop with Benjamin Gilmour Suitable for stages: 3 4 5 6

  • School Visit
  • Poetry
  • In Person

Benjamin will take students on a journey to discover their own inner poetry, what it means to access…


How to write a story without having to think

Author Workshop with Melaina Faranda Suitable for stages: 3 4 5 6

  • School Visit
  • Creative Writing
  • In Person

‘But I don’t know what to write…’ Ever heard that one before? In this fun, engaging, highly imaginat…


Storytelling Out Loud!

Author Workshop with Melaina Faranda Suitable for stages: 3 4 5 6

  • School Visit
  • Performance
  • In Person

Not all people will be writers, but everyone is a storyteller. Long before pen and paper and keyboar…