Module Three: Exploring story & composition

Module Three: Exploring story & composition

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Introduction to story structure with Zanni

Zanni introduces the writing topics in this module.

password: story

Introduction to perspective, contrast, and composition with Anna

Anna talks about why contrast, perspective, and composition are important when we create interesting and dynamic picture books.

password: perspective

Handout: Introduction to story structure

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

Module Three Handout Introduction To Story Structure

Handout: Introduction to creating interesting sketches and illustrations

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

Module Three Handout Introduction to Creating Interesting Sketches and Illustrations

Improve your story structure

3-act story structure

In this video, Zanni introduces you to the 3-act story structure. See the supporting handouts for more.

password: story

Handout: 3-act story diagram

Open the handout for the 3-act story diagram.

Module Three Handout 3-Act Story Structure

Handout: 3-act story structure explained

Open the handout for more about the 3-act story structure.

Module Three Handout 3-Act Story Structure Explained

Conversation with Lian Tanner

Zanni chats to award-winning picture book author and novelist, Lian Tanner, about using the 3-act story structure.

password: lian

Conversation with Deb Abela

Zanni chats to accomplished picture book author and novelist, Deb Abela, about the importance of the 3-act story structure.

password: deb

Conversation with Margrete Lamond

Zanni chats to publisher, editor, author, and story coach, Margrete Lamond, about Margrete’s hot tips for authors as well as her new Seven Steps to Story guide.

password: margrete

Apply the 3-act story structure

Zanni shows you how the 3-act story structure can be applied to The Hole Idea by Beth and Paul MacDonald.

password: story

Task: Apply the 3-act story structure

Open the task to apply the 3-act story structure.

Module Three Task Apply The 3-Act Story Structure

Task: Practise using the 3-act story structure

Open the task to practise using the 3-act story structure.

Module Three Task Use The 3-Act Story Structure

Troubleshooting your story

Zanni talks about common areas where you can improve your story structure.

password: story

Task: Write a strong beginning

Open the handout to complete the exercise.

Module Three Task Write A Strong Beginning

Handout: Strong endings

Learn how to write a strong ending.

Module Three Handout Strong Endings

Task: Brainstorm strong endings

Open the handout to complete the task.

Module Three Task Brainstorm Endings

Developing dynamic composition in your artwork

Create a greyscale

Anna shows you how to create a greyscale and talks about the importance of contrast in your work.

password: perspective

Task: Create a greyscale

Open the handout to complete the exercise.

Module Three Task Create A Greyscale

Using a light source

Anna shows you how to create drama and contrast using a light source.

password: perspective

Task: Use a light source

Open the handout to complete the exercise.

Module Three Task Draw A Simple Object Using A Light Source

Bird’s eye view

Anna shows you how to use a bird’s eye view in your work.

password: perspective

Task: Use a bird’s eye view

Open the handout to complete the exercise.

Module Three Task Create A Bird’s Eye View

Composition techniques

Anna takes you through some interesting composition techniques, like cropping.

password: perspective

Task: Composition and cropping

Open the handout to complete the exercise.

Module Three Task Composition and Cropping

Dramatic perspective

Anna shows you how you can create drama in your sketches.

password: perspective

Leading the eye

Anna shows you how you can lead the eye through your artwork.

password: perspective

Task: Leading the eye

Open the handout to complete the exercise.

Module Three Task Leading The Eye

Task: Practise leading the eye

Open the handout to complete the exercise.

Module Three Task Practise Leading The Eye

Enhance your character with illustration

Anna shows you how to enhance your character using some of the techniques we’ve explored.

password: perspective

Task: Enhance character and format illustration

Open the handout to complete the exercise.

Module Three Task Forming Your Character And Formatting Your Illustration

Module Three Assignments

Due the last Friday of April.

Writing Assignment: Outline your story using the 3-act story structure

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

Module Three Assignment Outline Story Using 3-Act Story Structure

Illustration Assignment: Exploring perspectives

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

Module Three Assignment Exploring Perspectives

Congratulations! You have completed Module Three: Exploring story & composition. Module Three: Writing techniques & art materials will be available 1 May