Aura shares her enthusiasm for drawing, writing and reading in visual literacy presentations, storytime and illustration sessions at schools, festivals and libraries. Aura has been part of picture book panels for the CBCA as well as the Kids & YA Festival at NSW Writers' Centre. She has conducted workshops and storytimes at the State Library of NSW and was the artist in residence, drawing on stage at The Koala Awards for 2018.
EXAMPLE SESSION, Preschool and K-2 (50 mins)
- Storytime with Aura Parker's picture books Twig, Cocoon and Meerkat Splash.
- Introduction to the process of writing and coming up with ideas, showing rough sketches and storyboards to illustrate the evolution of a project.
- Guided illustration demonstrating how to draw Aura's picture book characters (either Heidi from Twig, a meerkat or bug character), step by step to build drawing confidence. Students participate by doing an illustration in pencil on their clipboards, or work with charcoal. Older groups can move on to more expressive poses, with added emotion, encouraged to make their own individual characters.
- Show and tell with real stick insects.
Sharing enthusiasm for reading, writing and drawing.
Knowledge of character design, gesture, pose, body language and how this contributes to the story.
The publication process from roughs to finished art (depending on the age of the students).
Screen/ Smartboard to display Powerpoint presentation.
Clipboards and lead pencils for the students (or charcoal is great to work with).
White board to use as an easel (Aura brings her drawing materials and large sheets of paper).
To book Aura please contact Beth at The Children's Bookshop Speakers' Agency.