Thanks so much for inviting me to speak!
Here are some resources you might find useful. As the very first step, please -
Choose your workshops:
View a list of workshop topics, with a detailed breakdown of what happens in each session, and let me know which ones you're interested in. In each workshop outline there are also suggestions for activities and resources you might like to use to prepare students for my visit.
Then, if you would like to, you can -
Order some books:
This is entirely optional, and I realise it may not be appropriate for all schools. But if you'd like to give your students the chance to preorder any of my books and have them signed on the day, I've partnered with the Children's Bookshop in Beecroft to make this possible. Click here to download an order form, distribute it to your students, and return the completed forms to the Children's Bookshop. They will deliver the books direct to your school prior to my visit.
This is a new thing I'm experimenting with, so if you have any questions or suggestions for changes that would make the process easier for your school, do feel free to email me or call me on 0414938261. Paul McDonald, who runs the Children's Bookshop, is also very approachable and will be happy to work with you to solve any problems you may have.
Promote the event:
Download a zip folder containing a glamorous headshot (ahem... I wish!), and printable images of all my book covers. Feel free to use these on posters, flyers, in class projects, or on anything else you might create to promote my visit.
And here's a short bio, in case you need one -
Sarah grew up in the wilds of Canterbury NZ, doodling, wearing gumboots, and getting into trouble for sketching in class. Now she gets paid to paint, scribble and shade to her heart’s content - and calls it “work!”. Sarah has no formal art training, but holds an honours degree in literature. Before turning her hand to illustration in 2006 she taught English and art in secondary schools as a qualified teacher, and worked as a graphic designer. In 2007, she began illustrating picture books full time, and is now lucky enough to spend her days drawing wicked pirates, crazy llamas, cowardly dogs, a thousand other strange and wonderful things.
Since 2008 Sarah has established herself as an extremely popular illustrator for children. She has had 15 books published in Australia and overseas, and been shortlisted for 18 major awards in Australia and New Zealand. Some of her books have been wildly popular with children, particularly “Fearless”, which in 2010 broke the record for the most National Children’s Choice awards won in a single year.
Sarah is a popular speaker and regularly presents at schools, festivals, universities, and conferences. She offers a range of interactive and resourceful workshops for schools, sharing the thrills and spills of illustration with students, and helping them see art as an intriguing, messy, exciting adventure.