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Visual Narrative Workshop

Duration: 1 hour
Number of students: max 60
Ages: Years 4-6

What’s covered:

What do illustrators and movie directors have in common?

Sarah will explain the basic principles of  creating visual narratives by comparing the illustration process to familiar film-making techniques, and using examples from her own work. Students will learn:

  • How to create expressive characters
  • How to use composition, layout and vectors effectively
  • How to storyboard

This workshop incorporates hands-on, interactive activities designed to get students thinking about how to use visual elements effectively in their own work. Sarah will show students her own working methods, including rough storyboards, sketches, and original paintings.

 “Over to you!”
Students will be "hired" as illustrators, and given a text to work with. they plan a sequence of three illustrations, and share their ideas. 

Collaborative Drawing 
As a group, students will invent a story 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:


Useful Resources

To help you prepare or for follow-up lessons:

Read some of the books Sarah has illustrated with your students

Visit the Picturing Books website for some fabulous resources on visual language and picture books.

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