I give talks about my work and run collage workshops in schools and libraries - these can be arranged to suit children from 4 - 12 years old and are suitable for one class at a time. I usually begin sessions by explaining some of the stages involved in creating a picture book and showing early sketches and mock-ups. Then, I use some of my large pieces of artwork to explain how I put my work together and talk about the different techniques and materials that I use.
During the second part of the session, children can have a go at making a collage illustration themselves. I'll bring along baseboards to work on, lots of handmade and coloured papers to choose from, other interesting oddments and templates or cut-outs for those who would like them.
We can work in a hall or classroom and I can bring plastic boards to lay on the floor if there aren't enough tables. Parents are always very welcome and during sessons for the youngest children I will need some extra help! We also need plenty of scissors and glue sticks.
I am based near Salisbury and happy to travel reasonable distances. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to know more.
'I've had two sets of families in since, both saying how much the children had learnt from your session and what wonderful artwork had been produced. So that's fabulous, congratulations!! I hope you can visit us again.' Children's Librarian, Shirley Library, Southampton
'Thanks so much Susan, everyone loved the day, meeting and working with you...The book is amazing, the children loved it...thank you for such a beautiful keepsake for our school.' Art Co-ordinator, Gomeldon Primary School
'Thank you again for your wonderful workshops - the children were all buzzing about them and we have had so many fantastic comments' Festival Co-ordinator, Hartfield
'Thank you for a fantastic day on Friday, the children were really inspired and their artwork was amazing!!!! I hope you enjoyed your day at Boasley, we definitely enjoyed having you with us.' Key Stage One Teacher, Boasley Cross Primary School
'Every teacher raved about how wonderful the workshops were...Thanks again for your time, effort and enthusiasm - making Book Week memorable for us and the children.' Year Five Teacher, Forres Sandle Manor School
'The children absolutely loved the collage activites and some of the teachers are using your books as a starting point for their literacy and art activities...' Key Stage Two Teacher, St. Nicholas School.