Because my own ideas for stories develop from my drawings, then I love to draw with children. I bring my sketchbooks and make drawings with them- starting with demonstrating my characters and gradually encouraging children to design their own. We make a lot of noise, draw a lot of pictures and most of all, have a lot of fun. See here for images of previous visits (all photos posted with permission!) https://rosiewellesley.com/school-events
When I have done longer 2-3 day residencies at schools I come with lesson plans for EYFS and KS1, usually based around designing characters and stories. We do group activity projects (and we can get quite messy). Before I visit I like to contact teachers to make sure the sessions are tailored to what the children need to focus on. I am happy to do assemblies, and help with display boards. If teachers are keen for children to be able to buy signed copies, then I will try and liaise with local independent bookshops to arrange selling of my books in school.
My other day job is being a doctor (GP), and as such have full DBS. One of my books deals with eczema, which 1 in 5 children under the age of 5 years experience. I am particularly keen in abolishing health stigma in my work as a picture book maker.
Reviews of visits:
"[Rosie's] approach was so fantastic, and it was wonderful to see so many people totally engaged in what was happening for the full workshop" Caroline Moore, Great Ormond Street Hospital Arts
"This amazing book was brought to life by Rosie sharing it with our Year 1 pupils. The drawings, pupil engagement and involvement are just right for Infant pupils. You could hear them roar in the next town!" Sarah, a teacher at Laurence Haines School, Watford
"Miss Rosie your good at raytingntling [sic]. And I love your drawing. And I want you to read a story." Ayesha, aged 6
Gentle, brightly illustrated picture books inspired by the natural world.