Leanne Barrett: Canberra Children's Illustrators March Coffee and Pictures

Friday, 9 March 2018

Canberra Children's Illustrators March Coffee and Pictures

To meet, share and chat is an opportunity that is too precious to miss. It warms my heart that people keep coming to each meeting.

I know that everyone who wants to come can't always attend because somehow the rest of life manages to get in the way. But when you are able to get together it is special.

These meeting's are scheduled a bit randomly. We try to get together at least once a school term, while trying to work around many other literary events on the calendar.

This month we met at Bookplate at the National Library of Australia. We talked about all things illustration. We discussed: painting techniques, pencils, parchment paper, the brand of watercolours we use, light pads, mechanical pencils, sculpey modelling clay, pens and copic markers.

Danielle has been on the book launch trail.
Jess is busy making clothes.
Kelly and I are loving Nina Rycroft's Picture Book Illustration eCourse.
Tania showed us some of her botanical illustrations, just divine! You can find Tania's illustrations on her Facebook page.
Catherine is working her way through the Character Design Weekly Challenge themes.
Stephanie gave us a seek peek at a map she is drawing for an upcoming book.
Suzy showed us some beautiful small illustrations that are reflecting her stages of pregnancy.
Genevieve is busy with William Brambleyberry, her beautiful family and growing baby number two.

Everyone that came received a two page list of upcoming booky events in the Canberra region. This list also included some online courses, plus a couple of illustration competitions people might be interested. See the list at the bottom of this blog for more information. 


We discussed the next meeting and thought a trip to the Australian National Botanic Gardens might be a lovely location, plus we could do some sketching of plants while we are there. At the May meeting we will chat over coffee for the first hour and then wonder along some of the pathways and sketch for the other hour. As usual children are welcome.

Canberra Children's Illustrators Coffee Pictures & Sketching
Date: Saturday 12 May 2018 (please note date change as the Sunday is Mother's Day)
Time: 2 - 4pm
Location:  Pollen located at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton ACT
RSVP: Please message me for numbers

Up Coming Events

Creative Kids Tales Writers’ Festival
Date/Time: Saturday 17 March, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: The Tradies, Gymea

SCBWI ACT: Casual Meet & Greet
Date/Time - 18/Mar/2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Poppy's Cafe, Australian War Memorial, 15 Treloar Cres - Campbell, ACT

CBCA ACT Branch: And the Winner Could be….
Date/Time - March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: St Francis Xavier Library, Barnard Circuit , Florey, ACT 2615 Australia
Cost: Members $15 Non-members $25

Goulburn Reader Writer Festival
When: 24/3/2018
Where: Goulburn Mulwaree Library

CBCA ACT Branch: Short List Celebration Dinner
Date/Time: March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Thai Urban, Kambah, ACT 2902 Australia

SCBWI ACT – Secrets of self-publishing and grants
Date/Time - 05/Apr/2018, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: ALIA House, 9-11 Napier Close - Deakin, ACT

Date/Time: April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: ALIA House, 9-11 Napier Close - Deakin, ACT

Australian Writers Centre: Writing Chapter Books for 6-9 year olds (Lesley Gibbes)
Date: 16 May 2018, 10am – 1pm
Location: Sydney

Make Art That Sells (information from Irene Tan: Bootcamp Assignment highly recommended)
Dates: variety of dates see website https://makeartthatsells.com/courses/

KidsLitVic – SOLD OUT
Date: Saturday 19th May 2018
Location: The Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston St Melbourne

Australian Writers Centre: Writing Picture Books (Cathie Tasker)
Date: 19-20 May 2018, 10am – 4pm
Location: Parramatta

CYA Conference: Brisbane
Date: Saturday 7th July 2018 (Networking Evening - 6 July 2018)
Location: TAFE Queensland Brisbane - South Bank Campus, 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane.

Nina Rycroft: The Picture Book Illustration e-Course
Start Date: 4 October – 22 November 2018 (8 weeks)
Location: Online http://ninarycroft.com/picture-book-illustration-e-course/

SCBWI - Biennial SCBWI Conference in Sydney on Feb 25 & 26, 2019
Full day conference on Feb 25 including dinner plus optional master classes on Feb 26.
Save the date and watch the website for details!

Critique Groups

SCBWI Online Critique Groups for Writers and Illustrators


CYA: Writing and Illustration Competition
Closing Date: 4 April
Info for aspiring unpublished category

Just Write for Kids: Reinventing the Look: Our First Illustrator Competition!
Closing Date: 30 April

New England Writers Centre: 2018 New England Illustration Prize
Closing Date: 4 June

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