As well as illustrating, I am often asked to come into schools to work with students on a variety of projects.
My workshops are fun, inspiring and engaging; all focus on inclusivity, positivity, building self esteem and confidence and promoting personal development.
The workshops include: working with many aspects of illustration, including character design, hand drawn techniques, mark making, storyboarding, writing, card making, sketching and internal and external murals (working with students, staff or on my own).
I am usually asked to run morning or day workshops – working with groups of children, with or without a given topic or theme. I have discovered that illustration workshops can be ‘used’ in many ways, providing a complimentary, creative and visual way of teaching ‘challenging subjects’ i.e literacy.
I am also often asked to come into schools with authors to take part in readings, book signings and illustrating the children’s reactions to a story/author/piece of writing.
In 2014, I was selected by Bedford Borough Council to work on a project called ‘Reach for the Stars’, focussing on ‘aspirations and self esteem’. I worked with over 120 students from 5 different schools, culminating in an exhibition at the Borough Hall, curated and organised by myself. The Mayor opened the Private View and the exhibition was open to the public in June-August 2014.
In 2016, I was one of 10 selected artists running workshops within schools for the Harpur Trust 450th Anniversary Competition, with artworks being exhibited at the Higgins (Museum and Art Gallery) and other venues in and around Bedfordshire.
I also, with three other amazing professionals, founded and organised Bedford’s FIRST Book Festival in 2014 and in 2015, I asked Chris Riddell, the Children’s Laureate, to visit and speak at the festival (by request, he also very kindly came to open the new school library at a local school).
In 2017, I moved from Bedfordshire to the Northamptonshire/Leicestershire border and have been establishing relationships here, as well as maintaining those in Bedfordshire.
I am now thrilled to be taking children’s, teen’s and adult workshops at the Leicestershire Craft Centre in Market Harborough and have also been invited to run ‘Creative and Art week’ workshops in a few local schools!
I’m really looking forward to 2021, where I shall also be running workshops for both adults and teens at Wistow Gallery and holding workshops for children in the gorgeous grounds of Sulby Gardens in Northamptonshire, on the days the gardens are open under the National Garden Scheme (NGS).
If you would like to know more about the workshops I offer, please do feel free to contact me.