Picture book illustration workshops and talks are energetic sessions with interactive and informative activities. I travel Australia appearing at schools and libraries in cities and regional communities. I’m based in Sydney, NSW for 2020.
For Children’s Book Week 2020 I’m touring Sydney from August until November. Booked Out Speakers Agency are taking bookings now.
VIRTUAL Workshops and Talks are creative sessions through Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
Students participate in a range of illustration activities and gain insight into key visual literacy tools. I show behind the scenes development of my latest picture books due for release in 2021.
Activities include character design, developing picture book ideas and art tips. Includes a Q&A plus an optional watercolour demonstration.
Workshops are hands-on creative sessions. Students participate in a range of illustration activities and gain insight into key visual literacy tools. Activities include character design, creating an illustration, developing picture book ideas and interpreting text visually. All accompanied by demonstrations, visual examples and a Q&A.
Talks are lively and informative insights into the process of a practising illustrator and author.
Explore the process of illustrating a book, creating characters, developing picture book ideas and my journey to becoming an illustrator. All accompanied by demonstrations, visual examples and a Q&A.
Featured picture books for 2020 workshops.
The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas (Victoria) ‘His presentation was polished and he got through everything he wanted in the hour. Giving a publisher pitch to the kids was a great idea – it got them drawing, and gave a real (simplified) idea of what it’s like to work as an illustrator – the rejections, the processes, some tips and tricks, some of the lingo. He gave them deadlines (one or two minutes) and got them to add settings and backgrounds.’
St Mary’s Primary School (NSW) ‘Gabriel Evans was fantastic! That phrase was used a lot by both the students and the teachers. He had our students, from Kindergarten to Year 6, engaged and entertained for the entire session. He also gave them amazing tips on where to get ideas from, how to develop them and on how important it is to keep trying to improve them. With that advice in mind and with the drawings they produced with Gabriel, teachers said the students were very keen and excited to start their own narratives. Thank you Gabriel for sparking such enthusiasm for writing and drawing!’
Clare High School (South Australia) ‘Gabriel was a warm and fun presenter who embraced the students and their illustration efforts. The manner in which he related his creative process when illustrating a book gave the students an insight into this field and was an inspirational springboard for them. His workshop was well planned and applied. Thanks Gabriel!’
Baler Primary School, Port Hedland (Western Australia) ‘Presenter was very engaging and charismatic. Children were inspired. Even children who hate art were enthusiastic to be involved. Story planning content was very beneficial to engage children in writing. Fantastic work! Excellent.”
Wynyard High School (Tasmania) ‘…Gabriel passed on his vast knowledge and professional experience to students through interactive activities that focused on the process of designing a character, the tools in creating a page spread, portraying the emotional body language of characters and training the eye in composition. Gabriel’s presentation methods were engaging, motivational and inspirational.’
Margaret River Primary School (Western Australia) ‘With over 260 students, ranging from years 1 – 4, Gabriel expertly explained to the students his craft. He presented at a level that all the students could understand and they were all keen to listen intently.’
Zac (Derby Primary School, Western Australia) ‘I liked that we got to make our own book carver. The hardis bit was droring the pirate but the best part was we got to met an illartraet.’
Sienna (Derby Primary School, Western Australia) ‘We was drawing pitches of pirates. I had so much fun at the Derby libery Gabriel Evans is the best drawa’
Carys (Derby Primary School, Western Australia) ‘…he taught us how to draw detailed pictures it was awesome….Gabriel Evens is a realy nice person he will follow his dreams.’