“Guy Parker-Rees is one of the most exciting... artists in the children’s book world.”
The Rough Guide to Children’s Books.
I like to bring the act of making a picture book to life and to get children excited about books. It's a fun, behind the scenes look at how an author and illustrator goes about making a picture book. So I talk a bit about how I work as an illustrator and as an author, how I come up with ideas for characters or how I develop characters from another author's text. I show the stages of the process of picture book illustration.
There's lots of participation along the way as the children help me draw a character or two on large bits of paper. I might also show how I illustrate different feelings (the School can keep all of these).
Enthused and inspired, the children then make up their own picture book characters.
I also read a story- again,often with much participation, acting out ...and dancing!
If the children have been imaginative enough, my friend Gerald the Giraffe just might come out for a rather spectacular dance!
I mainly do my workshops with Key Stage 1, but also run workshops with KS2.
The talks last about 45-60 mins and I like to have up to about 60 children at each session. I would usually do about three or four sessions in the day. I can do a powerpoint presentation for larger groups.
The structure of the day and the sessions is very flexible and I'm happy to work around any suggestions, themes or ideas you may have.
I have illustrated over sixty books, including: