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Matt Ottley – Illustration Workshop – Adult Program

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Friday 11th of September, 2015

Author, artist and musician, Matt Ottley spent over an hour sharing the finer art of picture book illustration or as he likes to call it ‘artworks in books’.

We looked at the importance of flow throughout the storyboard,  flow of perspectives and light and dark throughout the storyboard as well at the weight and importance of placement.

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Matt with his picture book ‘Tree’

Matt has had 28 books published in a range of media. He talked about Teacup which he created as large paintings with traditional media whereas Suri’s Wall has been created digitally.

We briefly looked at creating characters, starting with scribbles drawn while imaging a variety of feelings and moving to a drawing a face from the principles of dynamic anatomy.

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Matt demonstrated how he mixes skin colour. Matt has a good grasp on colour mixing technically as to everyone’s surprise we learned Matt is colour blind.

Bio
Matt Ottley is a multi-award-winning picture book writer and illustrator. He spent his childhood in Papua New Guinea, and has traveled widely throughout Australia and the world. He worked for some years as a stockman on remote cattle stations in the Australian outback, then went on to study fine arts and music at college and university. He lived for three years in Britain where he worked as an equestrian painter. His controversial book and musical work for young adults, Requiem for a Beast was awarded the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Picture Book of the Year in 2008, and the Queensland Premier’s Award for Young Adult Literature in the same year. Matt’s work has been translated into many languages and his picture book What Faust Saw was an international bestseller. Matt continues to work as an author, illustrator and composer.

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Yvonne Mes, Author of Meet Sidney Nolan and Oliver’s Grumbles http://www.yvonnemes.com

StoryArts Ipswich Weekend Workshops

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In alternating years to our festival, the Ipswich District Teacher-librarian Network organises a weekend of workshops where The Arts meets Literature.

Create a character

Sounds Spooky Characters

Saturday 29th March
Venue: Ipswich Community Art Gallery, D’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Cost: $77.00 (incl GST)
Tea and coffee provided. BYO lunch or drop into an eatery in the mall or at D’Arcy Doyle Place.

This is a hands-on modelling workshop with Sarah Davis who will show you how to create a character using sculpey polymer clay. This is the technique she used to create the characters in Sounds Spooky which was on display at Ipswich Library during the StoryArts Festival Ipswich in 2013. The exhibition then travelled to Marks and Gardner Gallery at Mt Tamborine.

Numbers for the workshop are limited to 20. Costs of basic materials are included. Sarah suggests you bring along any interesting fabric scraps/fake fur/feathers/wool etc… any material that you might want to use to create clothes and hair etc for your character.

Visit http://sarah-davis.org/soundsspooky/ to see samples of artwork.

The Facilitator

Sarah Davis used to get into trouble for doodling in class, but now she can scribble to her heart’s content and call it “work” – she can hardly believe her luck. Sarah won the CBCA Crichton Award in 2009 for her first picture book, Mending Lucille (written by Jennifer Poulter) and since then has illustrated more than 20 books and had her work recognised by many major awards in Australia and NZ. Sarah illustrated the hugely popular “Fearless” series, written by Colin Thompson, and Anna Branford’s “Violet Mackerel” books, which are becoming well-loved Australian classics. Sarah is a versatile artist who works in many mediums and is constantly experimenting with new ways to create visual stories. She has an honours degree in literature, and her love of language plays an important part in her process, with the interaction between text and image being paramount.

Sydney Story Factory – What we do, how we do it, and how you can do it too

Sydney Story Factory

Sunday 30th March
Venue: Studio 188, Brisbane Street, Ipswich
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Cost: $55.00 (incl GST)
Tea and coffee provided. BYO lunch or drop into an eatery in the top end of town.

The Sydney Story Factory is a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people in Redfern, Sydney. Trained volunteer tutors offer free help to write stories of all kinds. Programs target marginalised young people, and those from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds, but are open to everyone. http://www.sydneystoryfactory.org.au/

Find out how the Sydney Story Factory was set up, what it does and a bit about what has been happening in London and other parts of the world. Matt Roden will share the history of the Story Factory, and what it has achieved in the 18 months since its doors opened. He’ll discuss the many varied workshop programs that the Story Factory runs, share some of their outcomes and discuss how their workshop programs are designed. After answering questions about the Story Factory, Matt will assist those in attendance in constructing their own 2 hour creative writing workshop for children. The group will share the ideas, discoveries and hiccups they encounter when trying to instil students with a love of creative writing.

The Facilitator

Matt Roden has worked as a writer, designer and educator in Sydney and London. He was a Creative Projects Manager at the Ministry of Stories in London, and has assisted in the opening of the Sydney Story Factory from its early days, and now works with the team as a Deputy Storyteller, programming and running workshops and facilitating volunteer and fundraising projects. He has worked on education and arts packages with the NSW Reconciliation Council and Underbelly Arts Festival.

From page to stage…

The Tuckshop Kid at Studio 188 Ipswich

The Tuckshop Kid at Studio 188 Ipswich

30th March
Venue: Studio 188, Brisbane Street, Ipswich
Time: 1.30 – 3:00pm
Cost: $22.00 for session 2

THAT Production Company offers a practical journey of finding the potential of a story or book to be brought to the stage. Participants will learn practical techniques and develop insight into the art of developing a play. THAT Production Company is an independent theatre company based in Ipswich, Queensland. They produce classic and contemporary texts and cultivate theatrical experiences that resonate with our quest for understanding the world around them. They collaborate with people from a range of backgrounds and experiences. Their work varies from Frank Wedekind’s German Expressionist classic Spring’s Awakening and Eve Ensler’s world-wide phenomenon The Vagina Monologues to Edward Bond’s drama Saved and the Australian premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined (Ipswich Festival, 2013). Our new works have included a stage adaptation of the children’s book The Tuckshop Kid by Australian author Pat Flynn (StoryArts Festival, 2013), and the suburban-apocalyptic drama Thursday’s Child (Anywhere Theatre Festival, 2013).

The Facilitator

Cass Ramsay is a writer, performance maker, arts administrator and creative producer for THAT Production Company, which she co-founded. She has a Bachelor of Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Applied Theatre, both from Griffith University. She worked on her first full length play, Actually Alice, as a part of JUTE Theatre Company’s award winning Enter Stage Write program. Her work was then read at the National Regional Playwrights and Theatre Makers Conference. In 2013 Cass wrote Thursday’s Child for the Anywhere Theatre Festival, Lost & Found: The Quiet Carriage for Spare Change Collective, co-wrote an adaptation of the children’s book The Tuckshop Kid by Pat Flynn with Timothy Wynn for the 2013 StoryArts Festival, and co-devised Envelope as a part of the performance collective The Vertebras, for Metro Arts 2013 Season of Independents. She also attended the Australian Theatre for Young People’s National Studio for emerging playwrights, and was the project journalist for Crack Theatre Festival 2013.

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