Sunday Artist Activities

Danielle Clode

Bio

Danielle Clode grew up on a boat, then worked in a zoo and became a zoologist. She is now a writer of books about sailing ships and killer whales, bushfires and natural wonders. Her first book, Killers in Eden, was made into an award-winning TV documentary, while Voyages to the South Seas won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize and inspired a perfume. Her two books on Australian prehistoric animals have both been listed for the Children’s Book Council Awards. Prehistoric Giants: The Megafauna of Australia and Prehistoric Marine Life in Australia’s Inland Sea were published by Museum Victoria and will soon be followed by a picture book about Australia’s most amazing fossil sites. Danielle’s next book, a biography The Wasp and the Orchid, will be published by Picador in February 2018.

Activity

Step back to a time when giant diprotodons and marsupial lions stalked the Australian bush. Or to when Australia’s red centre was flooded by the shallow Eromanga Sea and home to plesiosaurs and pterosaurs. Visit the Fossil Discovery Table with author Danielle Clode and see what prehistoric beasts you can identify, draw and reconstruct from bones, teeth and footprints.

www.danielleclode.com.au

Tara George

Bio

Tara is the author and self-publisher of Treasure Hunting Trio and Caught with the Cache, two early reader chapter books set in South Australian National Parks. She decided to write some geocaching adventure stories when she noticed that recounting her family’s geocaching expeditions resulted in other families embarking on their own geocaching quests. The geocaches she writes about are made up, because she doesn’t want to spoil the hunt for actual geocaches. However, the stories are set in Belair National Park and Hallett Cove Conservation Park. These are real places. People can read the story, visit the location and look for the actual geocaches that are hidden there.

Activity

Geocaching treasure hunt - can you use your smart phone to find treasure? Five temporary caches have been hidden at Carrick Hill. Scan the QR codes for the co-ordinates and use Google Maps to locate each cache hidden in the grounds of Carrick Hill. 

www.justsimplydevine.com

Donna Gynell

Bio

Donna is a South Australian illustrator who has been making pictures for stories for over 25 years. She is inspired by the international language of pictures and by children’s artwork.

Danny Snell

Bio

Danny Snell grew up in Adelaide and studied at the Adelaide Central School of Art, and the University of South Australia, graduating with a Bachelor of Design (Illustration) in 1992. Danny has been working as a freelance illustrator for nearly 20 years and in that time has illustrated over a dozen children's picture books. Working mainly in acrylics and with a focus on simple compositions, he brings a gentle whimsy to his book characters and settings. Danny has won a number of awards for his books including the 2014 CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, for Jeremy, and more recently the 2016 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature - Picture Fiction, for Seagull, which he both wrote and illustrated.

In between books Danny dons a different hat and works as a freelance illustrator. And to mix things up further he also teaches swimming to pre-schoolers.

Activity

Help Danny and Donna Gynell to create a mural out of recycled materials. Bring your own and add them to the mural.

www.dannysnell.com

Sally Heinrich

Bio

Sally Heinrich is an illustrator and writer who has published and exhibited widely in Australia and Asia. Her most recent book, One Step at a Time, written by Jane Jolly, was an Honour Book in the 2016 CBCA Picture Book of the YearAwards. Sally has illustrated more than forty books as well as writing and illustrating her own picture books, novels and non-fiction titles. Besides illustrating for publishers, her commissioned artwork ranges from wine labels to a mural for the Singapore Zoo, painting a life-size baby elephant sculpture for Melbourne Zoo, and community arts projects. Her work has been recognised through fellowships from the Asialink Foundation, The Ian Reed Foundation, The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, Varuna - the Writer’s Centre and Arts SA.

Presentation

Join Sally in making a simple relief printing block and use it to print illustrated postcards. Or take away your own pencil rubbing from one of the lino blocks used to create One Step at a Time.

www.sallyheinrich.com

Kate Hubmayer

Bio

Kate Hubmayer is a creative educator, writer, crafter and gardener who delights in inspiring children to love and respect nature through crafts, gardening and outside play. 

Her first book, Nature Crafts for Aussie Kids, contains crafts which encourage children of all ages to use their imagination and be creative using Australian native plants. It also includes useful information on which native plants to use and grow.

Her recently published second book, Nature Crafts with Common Plants, contains more crafty ideas for both children and adults, and has a strong focus on a number of environmental issues.  Most of the plant materials used for the crafts come from widely available plants and many are common street trees.  This book is another valuable resource for educators and families.

Activity

Kate will be working with children to create a nature crown using leaves and flowers.

www.naturecraftsforkids.com

Mike Lucas

Bio

Mike Lucas has written and published five anthologies of nonsense poetry, each containing 99 poems, because 100 is far too sensible. He has had some work highly commended in Caterpillar magazine and contributed to Tadpoles in the Torrens, dedicated to Max Fatchen. He also had some work selected by US Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt, which appeared in One Minute Till Bedtime by Little Brown, published in the US in 2016. His first picture book, Olivia’s Voice was published by MidnightSun Publishing in March 2017 and he has more picture books due for release in 2018 and 2019. He owns and runs a bookshop, writes for Magpies magazine and often visits schools and libraries for readings. He is also a full time engineer.

Activity

Perfect Poems: Mike will bereading some of his funny poetry and talking about words, letters and monsters and how to use them to make your own poetry.

 www.mikelucas.com.au

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