Module One: Introduction to picture books

Module One: Introduction to picture books

Handout: Introduction to writing picture books

Module One Handout Introduction to Writing Picture Books

Handout: Introduction to illustrating picture books

Open the handout to read about our illustration goals for this module.

Module One Handout Introduction to Illustration

What is a picture book?

What makes a great picture book?

Zanni talks about what a picture book is and some of the key features of picture books.

password: great

What about other children’s books?

Zanni talks about what makes picture books different from other children’s books.

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Picture book format

Zanni shows you through the picture book format to help you get familiar with the vocabulary.

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Task: The Bookstore Experiment

Open the handout to complete the bookstore experiment.

Module One Task The Bookstore Experiment

Task: Study A Picture Book

Open the handout to complete the picture book study.

Module One Task Study a Picture Book

Picture book ideas

Where do you get your ideas?

Zanni talks about ideas and how to access them.

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Interview with honour-award winning author, Edwina Wyatt

Zanni chats with Edwina about where her ideas come from and how her picture book journey began. Edwina talks us through her picture books, Olive, Together Always and Into The Evening.

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Interview with picture book author, Kiah Thomas

Zanni chats with Kiah about what inspired her picture book journey. We learn about Kiah’s gorgeous picture book, Allergic Alpaca.

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Interview with acclaimed author, Lucy Estela

Zanni chats with Lucy about the genesis of picture book ideas and Lucy talks us through her shortlisted picture books, Suri’s Wall and Girl on Wire.

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Task: Gather your ideas

Open the handout to complete the idea generating exercises.

Module One Task Gather Picture Book Ideas

Handout: Freewriting

Open the handout to learn about the value of freewriting daily.

Module One Handout Free Writing

Inspiration and feeling

Tap into inspiration and feeling in your illustration

Anna guides us through how to tap into inspiration and create feeling in your illustration.

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Task: Reflect on illustration and feeling

Open the handout to reflect on four different illustrations.

Module One Task Reflection & Feeling

Develop your illustration style

Interview with award-winning author-illustrator, Anna Pignataro

Zanni chats with Anna about how her personal style developed, her work process and how she creates a picture book from start to finish.

password: anna

Interview with shortlisted author-illustrator, Anna McGregor

Zanni chats with Anna about her shortlisted book, Aenome Is Not The Enemy and her forthcoming book, A Pair Of Pears And An Orange. We learn how Anna’s style evolved.

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Sketching Techniques

Anna shares sketching exercises that will help you develop your style.

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Sketching Outside

Anna shares sketching exercises you can use outside or looking out your window.

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Task: Collect Four Sketchbooks

Open the handout to learn about your illustration sketchbooks.

Module One Task Collect Four Sketchbooks

Task: Study Nature

Open the handout to learn about illustrating nature.

Module One Task Study Nature

Task: Study People and Places

Open the handout to learn about illustrating people and places.

Module One Task Study People and Places

Task: Study Objects and Animals

Open the handout to learn about illustrating objects and animals.

Module One Task Study Objects and Animals

Writing in rhyme

Writing in Rhyme

Zanni talks about how to approach writing in rhyme, for those of you interested.

password: rhyme

Module One Assignments

Due the last Friday of February.

Writing Assignment: Generate a list of ideas

Open the handout to read about your writing assignment for module one.

Module One Assignment Generate A List Of Ideas

Illustration Assignment: Illustrate a short text

Open the handout to read about your illustration assignment for module one.

Module One Assignment Illustrate a Short Text

Congratulations! You have completed Module One: Introduction to Picture Books. Module Two: Characters will be available 1 March