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Writing, Illustrating, and Exploring!

What goes into writing a children’s picture book? Primary LEX@R students were amazed to discover the nuances of deceptively simple books in a recent workshop on “Write Your Own Picture Book” at the Literature Centre in Fremantle.

About twenty students were shown what is involved in writing, illustrating, and publishing a picture book. We saw varied techniques of illustrations, discovered that writers and illustrators have to be willing to edit and change many times before it is published, and that even colour choice matters. We were treated to viewing the original paintings, 3D creations and linocuts that have served as illustrations for well-known Australian children’s books. LEX@R students certainly came away with a new appreciation for what is involved.

After our wonderful workshop, we walked (in the rain!) to Fremantle Markets, where we enjoyed the varied food available for lunch. Then we followed a discovery tour of the artistic and creative venues available to explore in Fremantle. The old Myer building now houses artisans selling their wares, many of whom were happy to explain their artistic processes to our students. We observed the architecture, had a chance to see the gallery of Fremantle artist Wendy Binks, and finally walked to the Fremantle Roundhouse, where we considered history and what stories that might prompt in us.

A quick Krispy Kreme donut stop rounded out our wonderful day. We can’t wait to get started on our own books!

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