I write and illustrate picture books for 0-6 year olds. I'm based in North London where I teach my own courses on creating picture books for adults.
I love to share my books with children as well as involving them in the creation of new characters and stories.
For KS 1: I can read my stories and afterwards invite children to pick out character names from hat and involve them in creating a new story while drawing characters on an easel.
For KS 2 and above. I can talk about how I make my books and help children create their own character in colour. I can also show how a book dummy is made and help children draw their own storyboard, paying particular attention to structure, pacing and layout compositions.
You will need:
A flip chart or easel, coloured paper for collage, pencils, rubbers and plenty of A4 and A3 paper
I just wanted to email and say a huge thank you for the work you did with Prep 5 on their picture books. As part of Book Week this year, they proudly read their completed picture books to the Nursery. They are of a fantastic quality, thanks to your inspiration!
Hannah Ross, Head of English, Parkgate House School
Book Week was a busy and exciting week for us in school, but Claire provided even more wonderful things for our children to become involved with. After reading her stories to each year group of enthralled pupils, she then illustrated how she goes about making her characters and deciding on her backgrounds, so all aspects of producing the book were explained. More than that, she worked with each group producing their own copies of her lovely story ‘Lost in the Snow’ and left them with us as a fabulous memento of her visit.
Our thanks to Claire for making our Book Week this year an extra special treat for our pupils. We cannot say enough in praise of her visit. The children love reading their own unique copy of her ‘Lost in the Snow’ story!
Ib Stock School
Fees and Bookings
Please contact me on 07949 027 236 or visit http://www.clairealexander.com/wordpress/
University / College Visits
I can talk and run workshops on any aspect of creating picture books including appealing to publishers and self-marketing. I run my own picture book writing and illustration workshops and courses for adults in London. For more information, please contact me directly on 07949 027 236 or visit www.clairealexander.com
I give Claire's course 5 big fat stars!!!
I'd highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in writing, illustrating for children or both… even for someone who just loves picture books and wants to know more!
Claire's a brilliant teacher who really knows her stuff and she gives a great, first hand insight into the publishing world.
I've worked in the design industry for 15 years I can honestly say that this course is better thought out than some university courses! She gives a thorough overview into children's pictures books that covers all aspects from design & layout, narrative, character design and techniques such as watercolour and acrylics.
It's aimed at all levels and is very supportive and encouraging. It's great to turn up each week and be with people that are on the same journey as you, who share a similar interest.
You can't fail to enjoy the classes... or the biscuits she provides!
Claire's courses are brilliant - informative, motivating and encouraging.
Her testament is that students of hers have gone on to be published. I would suggest all 3 levels of courses to benefit from the lesson plans, advice and feedback. In addition, she invites agencies and publishers to see student's work which is a great opportunity for feedback or to get snapped up.
Monkey and the Little One reviewed by Libby Allman The Best New Children's Books
'Warm illustrations and a persistent mouse make this a charming book about friendship'
Back to Front and Upside Down, reviewed by Kid-lit-reviews.com
'Reading Back to Front and Upside Down! to your child before the school year starts and again throughout the year, may help your child to fear not, and ask for help when needed. I’d put this book in every pre-kindergarten to second grade classroom. School is the one place where asking for help should be a no brainer, yet it is the one place where peer pressure and group ridicule is the strongest. Stories like Back to Front and Upside Down! can open up discussions, which can make learning easier.'
Lucy and the Bully, reviewed by Irene Roth for the National Writing for Children Centre
Bullying has become a real problem in today’s culture, and because of this, this book is of extreme importance to kids. Alexander’s story is simple and has wonderful illustrations. It will help young children talk openly and honestly about bullying. But most importantly, Alexander assures the reader that bullies can be stopped and something can be done about this growing problem. I was absolutely mesmerized by this book. It wonderfully illustrates the viciousness of bullying and how the victim feels. What an important book for our times! Thank goodness for authors who take important topics like this one and make it child-friendly!
I am an award winning author/ illustrator based in Couch End, North London. I enjoy visiting schools and inspiring children to write and draw. I also teach adults how to create picture books on my courses at the House of Illustration in Kings Cross. I studied Fine Art at the Kent Institute of Art and Design and have a BA honors degree in Painting. I studied Illustration at Putney School of Art and I am experienced teacher with a City and Guilds qualification.
I have created nine books including: