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

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Canberra Children's Illustrators May Coffee and Pictures

This month we met at Pollen, the cafe at the Australian National Botanical Gardens, with the idea that we would spend some time sketching in the gardens. The weather forecast of only 11 degrees and showers were against us. At the halfway mark we were having so many worthwhile conversations that we all decided to continue with sharing our artworks, tips and materials. As usual the two hours flew by and while the cafe was closing the conversations didn't stop and some of us talked in the car park for another 30 - 40 minutes. 

Jess showed her lovely hand-printed and handmade children's clothing.
Leanne, Cate, Kelly and Tig shared their Sketchbook Revival work.
Iona shared her sketchbook and we cooed over her Valentines Bilby.
Lynley shared some of her digital art and passed around her erasable coloured pencils for us to look at.
Genevieve showed us some of mouse illustrations, themed to the Character Design Weekly Challenge.

Members of the group strongly requested that we begin a Facebook Group so that they can easily find out when our next event is and be able to share illustrations, tips and resources. The group would mean that we would no longer have to scroll through other group or personal pages to find information. We agreed that it would be a closed group only open to people who live locally. I am currently drafting some guidelines for the group and the page should be available shortly.

Please remember that these meeting's are scheduled a bit randomly. We try to get together at least once a school term and mix the dates between weekdays and weekends to allow for atteendance depending on your life situation - work during the week, kids sports on the weekend or working at the markets.

Below is the current two page list of upcoming booky events in the Canberra region. This list also includes some online courses, plus a couple of illustration competitions people might be interested.


Canberra Children's Illustrators Coffee & Pictures
Date: Thursday 28 June 2018
Time:9:30 - 11:30 am
Location:  Bookplate, National Library of Australia
RSVP: On the events page of the Facebook Group (once it is up and running)
Children are welcome.

Upcoming Events

When: 24 March to 27 May 2018
Where: Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria

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

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

Author Meet – Shelly Unwin “Blast Off!”
Date: Saturday 19 May 2018, 11:30am
Location: Harry Hartog Woden

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

Date: 23 May 2018, 11am
Location: National Library of Australia

Book Launch – Sorry Day by Coral Vass and Dub Leffler
Date: 26 May 2018, 2pm
Location: National Library of Australia

Zart Art 2018 Book Week Workshops
Dates: Half Day - 14 June
            Full Day - 15 or 16 June
Location: Canberra dates at Radford College
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.

SCBWI ACT – Save the date 15 August 2018

Writers Unleashed Festival 2018
Date:  Saturday 18 August 2018
Where: Gymea Tradies

Nurturing Creativity Conference – ZART
Date: 17 September 2018
Location: St. Leonard's College Brighton, Victoria

Nina Rycroft: The Picture Book Illustration e-Course
Start Date: 4 October – 22 November 2018 (8 weeks)

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!


Draw This Challenge – SCBWI  Each month https://www.scbwi.org/calling-all-illustrators-2/

Creative Kids Tales – 2018 Writing Competition: Felines, Farts or Frightening Places
Opens: 1 April 2018
Closes: 30 June 2018

CBCA NSW Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program 
Opens: 1 May 2018
Closes: 30 June 2018

KeyColours Competition

New England Writers Centre – Pitch Independent
When: 28 July, 3 and 4 August 2018

Check This Out

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

SCBWI Online Critique Groups for Writers and Illustrators

Squishy Minnie Bookstore, Kyneton Victoria http://www.squishyminnie.com.au/

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to the next meeting and the facebook group so we can continue the conversations. Such a supportive and fun day! Thank you so much for organising it.