Crazy Characters Workshop

Duration: 1 hour
Number of students: max 60
Ages: years K-6

What’s covered:

Sarah will show students how to create expressive animal characters with real personality.


  • collaborative drawing games to break the ice and get students warmed up
  • Sarah will talk about how she creates characters for her books, and give students tips and tricks for drawings expressions and emotions convincingly.

Workshop Component: Best Friends Forever

Students work in pairs to develop and draw a pair of unlikely best friends, and create a story about their relationship.

Collaborative Drawing

As a group, students invent a story about an animal character, and direct Sarah while she produces a ten minute pastel drawing, which will be donated to the school.

Click here to see some of Sarah's 10 minute drawings.

Students will need:

  • A sharp pencil and an eraser
  • A3 paper
  • Clipboard, deskspace or floorspace to lean on.

Sarah will need:

  • A smartboard or dataprojector with sound
  • A microphone
  • A whiteboard
  • A private room/library/hall with space for students to spread out and draw

Pre-workshop Prep:

It helps for students to be familiar with Sarah's books - please read them with your students if you have a chance.

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