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Workshops at Selwyn Community Education 2019

Children's Book Illustration

Sandra Morris is passionate about her work and offers a wealth of knowledge and experience. Here is an opportunity for aspiring author/illustrators to build expertise and technique as they learn the skills of developing and illustrating a picture book. This hands-on, informative programme will show you how to take your picture book from concept to submission.

Character Development

Learn techniques to create and develop your very own storybook characters. Suitable for those with basic drawing ability. The two day course is held on a consecutive Saturday and Sunday. The course will cover:

  • an introduction to picture books — What makes a successful picture book?
  • character mapping
  • learn drawing techniques that bring your character to life
  • develop more dynamic character drawings through making a 3D model


  • Venue: Selwyn College, Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland
  • Dates: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2019
  • Time: 9am-5pm
  • Cost: $264 incl. GST per weekend

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Storyboarding & Making a Dummy

Learn the process of illustrating, and developing a picture book. Explore ways in which relationships of image and text can enhance the story, and discover sequencing techniques to improve the pace, rhythm and flow of your book. Suitable for those with basic drawing ability.

The 2 day course will cover:

  • an overview - tricks of the trade;
  • pagination, using text and image relationships to your advantage; and
  • learn sequencing techniques, to improve your story's pace, rhythm and flow.

Following on you will, design, illustrate and then make a mock-up picture book of your story. Learn the principles of page design, the balance of image and text and guiding the eye across the page. Continue with character development and drawing techniques that will have your characters running and leaping from the page!

The course will cover:

  • techniques to make your composition more dynamic
  • the principles of page layout and design
  • bringing your characters to life


  • Venue: Selwyn College, Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland
  • Dates: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2019
  • Time: 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Cost: $230 incl. GST

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Illustration Techniques

Day 1: Experiment with a range of illustration techniques using graphite, pen and coloured pencils. Create a knowledge bank of skills to continue with your illustration projects. This is an opportunity to develop skills and discover new techniques to enhance your work. The course will cover:

  • graphite and other soft pencils useful for outlines
  • techniques using ink - various pens, sticks and wash techniques
  • various coloured pencil techniques

Day 2: Following on from Day 1, we continue to experiment with illustration techniques, this time concentrating on watercolour and gouache. Using your chosen technique, illustrate a final artwork for your story. To conclude our programme, I offer advice on pitching your story to publishers. The course will cover:

  • watercolour techniques
  • gouache techniques
  • creating a final artwork
  • tips on how to approach a publisher


  • Venue: Selwyn College, Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland
  • Dates: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 2019
  • Time: 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Cost:  $240 inc GST

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Botanical Painting and Sketching at Auckland Botanic Gardens

This workshop is an introduction to plant illustrations and is ideal for anyone interested in drawing and painting the botanical world. The workshop will be held offsite, at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. First day will be indoors practicing techniques. Sunday session outdoors sketching in gardens.


  • Venue: Auckland Botanic Gardens, Hill Rd, Manurewa
  • Dates: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November 2019
  • Time: 10am-4pm
  • Cost: $215 incl GST

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Children’s Holiday workshops at Selwyn Community Education

Creative hand lettering for Children

This workshop will take children through the process of designing hand lettering to suit particular themes. They will experiment with different art materials to create and colour their hand lettering.
Useful for their own school projects or for independent creative journaling

  • Venue: Selwyn College, Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland
  • Dates: Monday 15 April & Tuesday 16 April 2019
  • Time: 10am-3pm
  • Cost: $129 (incl GST both days)

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Animal Life Drawing for Children

Taking children through the steps of drawing live animals - from looking initially at basic shapes and then drawing the form. Working with quick gestural studies and then longer intense observation.

An introduction to the animals involved - A look at examples of animal drawings in different mediums with an emphasis on sketching.

Demonstration of gestural drawing to capture quick study. And then more intensely observed drawing starting with basic shapes and then forming the 3D body

Discussion on animal’s mood/stance etc and how to capture this - facial and body expressions.

Discussions on importance of our own wildlife.

  • Venue: Selwyn College, Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland
  • Dates: Tuesday 1 October & Wednesday 2 October 2019
  • Time: 10am-3pm
  • Cost: $129 (incl GST both days)

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Workshops at Miranda Shorebird Centre, Miranda

These are live-in weekend workshops with all catering and accommodation included in fee.

New class

Wildlife Printmaking

The course will cover: An introduction to contemporary plant and wildlife printmaking. Speed drawing exercises and sketching birds down at the shellbanks through telescopes. Plant drawing. Participants will have the choice of printing intaglio process and/or lino relief process. Using simple methods that can be used on the kitchen table.
  • Venue: Miranda Shorebird Centre, Miranda
  • Dates: Friday 12 - Sunday 14 April 2019
  • Cost: TBC

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New class

Keeping a Nature Journal

An introduction to the flora and fauna of the surrounding area and will include working inside and outside responding to and visually recording the surrounding ecosystem and its inhabitants. Discussions on examples of contemporary nature journallers and the use of creative hand lettering.

  • Venue: Miranda Shorebird Centre, Miranda,
  • Dates: Friday 4 October- Sunday 6 October 2019
  • Cost: TBC


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