Thanks everyone! Looking back at heARTlines 2015

Phew! It's more than a month since our last post, and in that time the heARTlines festival has been raging, weaving its magic with classrooms and busloads and roomfuls of people. I think everyone who saw the exhibition left feeling more creative and more inspired than when they arrived, which is such a wondrous thing to be able to achieve.

I have personally sat in on workshops where entire classrooms of children have walked away holding a piece of ‘two-thumbs-up’ art they have created under the guidance of a WA illustrator, or where every child in the room has their hand up begging to ask a question of a WA author. 

heARTlines has become an integral part of the literary calendar for the Perth hills, and it’s a vital step towards encouraging and invigorated children’s passion for literature—and increasing literacy levels.

It was a stupendous festival this year...so many great opportunities, wonderful people, beautiful books and talented artists, and I really want to say thank you to the team at the Mundaring Arts Centre for making it all happen. They really are the rock on which festivals like this can happen.

Thanks also to our incredible sponsors: The Shire of Mundaring, the Mundaring Community branch of the Bendigo Bank, the Western Australian Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia, and the Western Australian Department of Community and the Arts. Your generosity makes heARTlines possible. 

I'll leave it to our festival participants to paint the rest of the heARTlines picture...and I'm already looking forward to heARTlines 2017! See you then everyone!




STEVEN AITON - FOUR FAB FESTIVAL QUESTIONS

Steven Aiton is a leading Western Australian animator, community arts facilitator and artist, and he was on hand to help launch the 2015 heARTlines festival on Friday night. It was a chilly evening but loads of fun, including watching the short animations produced by kids (and kids at heart) during one of Steven's workshops for the Mundaring Arts Centre. Hilarious stuff!

Below, Steven answers our Four Fab Festival questions...

1.     How will your work feature in this year’s heARTlines Festival?
During my recent Interactivity - Artist in Focus residency, we had an interactive animation stage inviting anyone to drop-in and make a short stop-motion film. There was a modelling-clay making table and re-use objects; it really put a smile on people’s faces!

The results of these and the animation workshops were screened on loop in Gallery 2. I also got a chance to explore an idea that has been bouncing around in my head for a while combining sand animation with modelling clay. The work in progress will also be on display.

Steven's creation begins his rise from the mud...

Steven's creation begins his rise from the mud...

2.      Where did inspiration for that work come from?
My own particular work was inspired by the quite elegant animated symbols used in technological interfaces informing us of a task in progress.
Quite often digital artists (like me!) spend large chunks of time surrounded by progress bars and spinners… and they’re starting to infiltrate everyone else's lives too!
I’ve always wanted to grab those symbols and put them into another context.

 
3.      What’s your advice to aspiring animators?

If you haven’t started, download an app and start making!
Also, it doesn’t matter which animation technique you learn, keep making stuff and try to figure out how things move - you can then adapt your knowledge to any technique.

4.      What did you have for breakfast this morning?
No time for fancy breakfast today!
Just some cracking toast and a nice hot cup of tea.

Thanks Steven!


Now heARTlines is officially launched it'll be on for another six weeks.

Our school programs have already started, and our public program is now taking bookings.

Come on down, check out the inspiring exhibition and bring in a book to swap in the Great Book Swap (all proceeds to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation).

 

COUNTDOWN TO LAUNCH!

Come one! Come all!

Come for the OPENING of 

the 2015 heARTlines Festival of Children's Literature and Book Illustration exhibition.

The exhibition opening will be held at the Mundaring Arts Centre from 7-8.30 pm on Friday 15 May and you can RSVP your attendance with the Mundaring Arts Centre.

More on the exhibition
Held from 15 May till 28 June 2015, this year's heARTlines festival, held at the Mundaring Arts Centre in the awesome town of Mundaring, will feature this FREE exhibition of awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and feature workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators.

So much talent...one awesome FREE exhibition! Come along and soak in creativity!

Details on our public program are below, and you can also check out our schools program (bookings required).

PUBLIC WORKSHOPS:

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING AND ILLUSTRATION WITH GABRIEL EVANS
Thursday 11 June, 10am - 3pm
16 years + Adults
At the Mundaring Arts Centre – Gallery 2
$110 non-members (including materials) or $99 MAC Members *
Maximum participants 12

Gabriel Evans has illustrated over fifteen books, working in traditional materials including watercolour, gouache and coloured inks to create his whimsical paintings. Join Gabriel for a fun-filled day of creative exploration to learn about watercolour techniques and apply them to create your own illustrative painting to take home.

MEET THE MAKERS
Sunday 21 June, 1 – 2.30pm
16 years + Adults
At the Mundaring Arts Centre – Gallery 2
$5 non-members or $4.50 MAC/ Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer's Centre members
Afternoon tea provided
Maximum participants 35

Join the heARTlines curator Cristy Burne and some of the festival’s artists and authors, as they discuss and demonstrate their passion for literature. For this session, you will meet renowned illustrators, James Foley and Frané Lessac and authors, Mark Greenwood, Cristy Burne and Amanda (AJ) Betts as they share their knowledge, stories and inspirations.
The session will conclude with an illustrator duel… be prepared with some exciting adjectives and see what happens next! Then relax over a lovely warm, mulled wine and nibbles and a bit of informal mingling with the session’s presenters.

LANDSCAPE PAINTING WITH WENDY BINKS
Sunday 28 June, 10am - 4pm
16 years + Adults
At the Mundaring Arts Centre – Gallery 2
$110 non-members (including materials) or $99 MAC Members *
Maximum participants 12

Join well-known artist, illustrator and author Wendy Binks in a full-day workshop exploring acrylic painting techniques. In this session, Wendy will help you create an amazing piece of art you will be proud to hang on any wall, using simple rules, methods and shortcuts. You will leave with one practice piece and one completed large canvas. This workshop is for absolute, non-painting beginners…. be brave, you will be amazed!

Den Scheer - Four Fab Festival questions

Twenty-three year old poet and artist Den Scheer is a university student and Young Australia Artist of the Year. She's already released the Aurealis-shortlisted In the Beech Forest and has followed up with the gorgeous The Running Horses, from which we're excited to be exhibiting this year.

Come down to the festival and see for yourself the incredible beauty of her work!

1.    What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival? 
My latest conceptual book, The Running Horses.


2.    Where did inspiration for that book come from?
A portfolio I developed as a university assignment. I was studying different ways of representing dynamic movement through the static media of printmaking. One half of the folio explored abstract drypoints of hoof scratches and the other developed the monoprints that formed the book.   



3.    What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?
No matter how many rejections your work receives, consider the feedback and constantly improve your folio. 


4.    What did you have for breakfast this morning?
I don’t normally eat breakfast, but when I do it’s normally left overs. 

Thanks Den!

You can see more of Den's work and buy her books at this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and here's more information about primary school, high school and public workshops.

Kelly Canby - Four Fab Festival questions

Ever think you spend way too much time on Twitter or Facebook? Don't worry about it!

It could all pay off, like it did for debut author/illustrator Kelly Canby, whose amazing artwork was discovered by a publisher trawling Twitter.

We're so excited to have Kelly's work as part of the exhibition, and to get a sneak-peek at her new book. Whee!

Below, Kelly answers our Four Fab Festival questions...

1: What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival? 
 
I will be speaking about my debut author/illustrated picture book:  'All the Lost Things'. 
It's official pub date is August (2015) but I have asked the publisher if they could send me some advanced copies to wave around at heARTlines so, fingers crossed they get here!
 
2: Where did inspiration for that book come from?
 
I started writing this story shortly after my mum died in 2013.

I think I did it because I needed to make something BIG. Something bigger than I'd ever done before to both keep my mind busy and also to put something out there in the world that had her spirit all over it.

This book is very much written with my mum in mind so that's where the initial inspiration came from.
 
3: What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?
 
"All the Lost Things" is the first book I've written and illustrated so, I don't know if I'm in a position to offer any advice on writing just yet!

As an illustrator though, my biggest piece of advice would be to DRAW EVERY DAY! It will help you get better at drawing, you'll discover and develop your own style and it's just good training.


 
 
4: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
 
Well, I've just recently read Damon Gameau's  "That Sugar Book" (I can't wait to see the film) and it has really made me think about what we put into our bodies so, breakfast was a bowl of nuts and grains and seeds because, no sugar.
 
Oh, and a nice cup of tea.

Thanks Kelly!

You can see more of Kelly's work and buy her book when come to this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and here's more information about primary school, high school and public workshops.

Wendy Binks - Four Fab Festival questions

Most of us have admired the gorgeous Stunned Emu shops and galleries in Fremantle, so it's super-exciting to invite Wendy Binks, the creator of award-winning emu Stripey and now ten clumsy emu pals, to exhibit and present at this year's heARTlines.

Below, Wendy answers our Four Fab Festival questions...

1. What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival? 
My latest book is 10 Clumsy Emus, which I illustrated for Scholastic. I will be away much of the festival though, so instead of doing any school visits, I will be running a public workshop on landscape painting for absolute beginner painters.

 

2. Where did inspiration for that book come from?
I only illustrated the book, which is based on the song ‘10 green bottles’, but quirky, crazy emus are right up my alley, so I loved it!

3. What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?
Practice your craft- It is absolutely true that authors and illustrators get better the more they do.
Network- Join peer groups, workshops, festivals, anything to rub shoulders with like-minded people. 
Ask- Ask advice, and get help wherever you can. There is lots of help available out there, and other authors and illustrators are very generous people.

4. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
I don’t generally eat breakfast. I kind of subscribe to the ‘2 and 5’ diet theory, though I don’t follow it religiously. I admit I had chocolates for breakfast yesterday though. No-one's perfect!

Thanks Wendy!!

You can see more of Wendy's work and buy her books at this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and here's more information about primary school, high school and public workshops.

Patricia Negus - Four Fab Festival questions

I'm thrilled to have watercolour artist Patricia Negus exhibiting at this year's HeARTlines festival. Her work is a feast for the eyes and her Rottnest Island book makes me want to pack my bags and jump on a ferry.

Today, Patricia was kind enough to answer our Four Fab Festival questions...

1.    What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival? 

Rottnest Island" and maybe a bit about “A Tale of Two Honey Possums” too.

 

2.    Where did inspiration for that book come from? 

Having illustrated a book about Honey Possums, the early thought was to do a sequel about 'Quokkas on Rottnest Island' with my daughter writing the book and me illustrating it. 

 

After visits to Rotto the next thought was to include more of the Island but “Through the eyes of a Seagull’ as seagulls are there everywhere. 

I actually painted a number of pages for the book with this in mind - have a look. 

My daughter Sally read every book that had ever been published about Rottnest and went on every tour advertised. It soon became obvious that there was so much more that we wanted to include for adults and children — Aussies who had spent many holidays there but also visitors for their first visit.  

“Rottnest Island” was the result.

3.    What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?

“Before you walk 1000 miles, you have to walk the first step.” Chinese proverb. 

Once you have an idea, GET STARTED, don’t think about it all day long. 

It is quite likely that your idea will change heaps on your journey, as we found on our journey which became 'Rottnest Island’. How many people have you met who are thinking about, or want to write a book but can’t take the first step.  

Just jump in the deep end and get going! 

4.    What did you have for breakfast this morning?

This morning my breakfast, as most days, was a slice of toast spread with squashed avocado (nicer than butter) and a piece of ham on top, washed down with a cup of strong coffee. This sets me up for my day.

Thanks Patricia!

You can see more of Patricia's work and buy her books at this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and here's more information about primary school, high school and public workshops.

KYLIE HOWARTH - FOUR FAB FESTIVAL QUESTIONS

What does it feel like to be a debut author/illustrator with loads of talent and a picture book contract with Simon and Schuster?

Ask Kylie Howarth! Kylie's first (and fabulous) book, Fish Jam, is being launched at the Hackett Playgroup / Lawler Park, 2 Draper St, Floreat, Perth W.A from 10-12 on 12 April 2015 - congratulations Kylie!

We're thrilled to be featuring original artwork from Fish Jam (some of it co-created by Kylie's own kids) in this year's HeARTlines exhibition.

Here are Kylie's answers to our Four Fab Festival questions...

1. What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival? 

Fish Jam

2. Where did inspiration for that book come from?

What do you get when you mash a trumpet, guitar and a fish all together? Fish Jam!!

3. What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?

Write down and draw even your silliest ideas. It doesn’t have to be perfect to start with. Just get started and you will soon see which bits work and which bits need work. 

Who knows, maybe one of the silly ideas might end up being the best! 

4. What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Porridge with banana, frozen blueberries and cashew nuts on top, followed by a Shrek (green) smoothie.

Thanks Kylie!

You can see more of Kylie's terrific work and buy Fish Jam when you come to this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and there's more information on booking school workshops and the public workshop program here

Briony Stewart - Four Fab Festival questions

Briony Stewart is a fabulously talented author-illustrator and winner of the 2012 Queensland Literature Award for children's writing. From chapter book adventures to adorable wordless picture books, Briony can turn her hand to anything. 

This year we'll be exhibiting Briony's work as well as hosting some primary school workshops with Briony. Better book early, lucky ducks!

Below, Briony answers our Four Fab Festival questions...


1. What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival?

I will be speaking about my latest picture book, Here in the Garden

 

2. Where did inspiration for that book come from?

It came form the loss of a dear pet that had shown me two very important things about life. The first one was that the most painful part about loosing someone you love is how much you miss them, but the best part is truly cherishing the joyful times you had with them. The second lesson was simple, it was how to love and enjoy a garden. When you really spend time in a garden it always finds ways to remind you, even when you are sad, that you live in an amazing and beautiful world.


3. What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?

Finish things, and work hard at being better! 

A lot of people write one story and think that it's amazing and should be published and they spend ages trying to get that one thing published. But really they should continue dreaming up new projects to work on, keep learning how to be better and work hard at that. Sometimes its hard to predict which story will end up being your first book, but the more you keep learning, the more stories you write the greater the chance that at least one of them will wind up being published. 

For unpublished illustrators-  build a portfolio of stories, not singular, stand alone pictures.

 

4. What did you have for breakfast this morning?

I gobbled down two chapters of a new book I've started reading, a cup of tea and toast with lashings of quince jam.

 

Thanks Briony!

You can read more about Briony and buy her books when you come to this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and you can check out more information on school workshops and our fabulous public workshop program.

AJ Betts - Four Fab Festival questions

Winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing, as well as a stack of other awards, AJ Betts is an inspiring, honest and down-to-earth author who tells it like it is.

Her latest novel is an absolute ripper and if you haven't read it yet, rush now and grab a copy.

AJ will be running high school workshops for heARTlines this year.

Below, AJ answers our Four Fab Festival questions...

1. What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival? 
Zac & Mia

2. Where did inspiration for that book come from?

The inspiration came from my experience working with teenagers on a cancer ward in Perth.

I’ve been teaching at Princess Margaret Hospital for ten years, and in this time I’ve come to know hundreds of ‘ordinary’ teenagers who reveal how extraordinary they can be.

I wanted to write a book that showed how brave and wise and funny these young people are, and how they can teach us so much, particularly about the things that matter.

Zac & Mia isn’t a book about cancer, but about friendship and love and making the most of the lives we have.

3. What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?

Do what you love - don’t be swayed by ‘trends’ or other people’s suggestions to write to a particular topic or style. They mean well, but it’s important to develop your own style - it will take decades! - and only write about things that make you wonder.

Listen generously to advice, but never swallow it whole. Every writer has their own discoveries to make. 

4. What did you have for breakfast this morning?

A banana and berry muffin! Home-made, of course. I am the muffin-guru (if in doubt, read my second novel, Wavelength).

Thanks AJ!

You can read more about AJ and buy her books when you come to this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE and there's also a fab public program.

Frané Lessac - Four Fab Festival questions

Frané Lessac is one of Australia's most creative and prolific children's illustrators. She is also the fabulously inspiring leader of Western Australia's hugely successful SCBWI West: the WA chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Lucky for us, Frané is also a big heARTlines supporter and we're thrilled to be exhibiting her work again this year, and to have her as part of our Meet The Maker forum on Sunday 21 June.

Below Frané answers our Four Fab Festival questions...

1. What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival?
 
I’ll be sharing my two latest books: A is for Australia and also Midnight- the story of a light horse, written by my husband author Mark Greenwood.

2. Where did inspiration for these book(s) come from? 
                                                                      
A IS FOR AUSTRALIA is a love letter to down under. My mother ran a travel agency and encouraged my love of travelling the world. Nowadays, I look forward to coming home to the wide-open spaces and the relaxed way of life in Australia. 

My challenge was to represent all the states and to highlight Australia’s diverse and unique landscape. Some destinations were so incredibly iconic: Sydney Harbour, Uluru, and Bondi Beach, which made the decision easy. Some locations were difficult to choose because there were many amazing alternatives! Hopefully children become intrigued and encourage their parents to take them to explore some of the locations in the book 

Midnight - the story of a light horse was inspired by the folklore of the Haydon family from “Bloomfield”, in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Riding his beloved mare, Midnight, Guy Haydon, a 25-year-old stockman, enlisted with the 12th Light Horse Regiment. On 31 October, 1917, the Australian Light Horse took part in one of the last great cavalry charges in history. Among the first to leap the enemy trenches was Lieutenant Guy Haydon riding his beloved mare, Midnight. This is their story.

3. What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?

My advice would be to build a portfolio showing a diversity of styles and subject matter. Include animals, children, and anything else you love to draw.  

Send out sample postcards and A4 sheets of images to publishers, editors and art directors. 

Update the images and resend at least once or twice a year. Most importantly, research what’s appropriate for their publishing lists. 

Join organizations like the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). It’s the best way to keep your finger on the children’s book publishing pulse. 
 
4. What did you have for breakfast this morning?

This morning is a bit different as I’m in India! I had a pot of chai masala tea with plenty of ginger. A masala omelette, and yogurt with fresh papaya!

Thanks Frané!

You can see more of Frané's amazing creativity and passion and buy her books when you come to this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE.

James Foley - Four Fab Festival questions

Vikings, lions and courageous kids... Welcome to the world of James Foley, a fabulous illustrator-author with a real love for workshops, creativity and drawing. His books have won multiple awards and he has spoken at conferences across Australia.

We're thrilled to have James running workshops at heARTlines!

Below, James answers our Four Fab Festival questions:

1.     What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival?

The Last Viking Returns, the sequel to The Last Viking
The book has a Viking theme park in it plus an evil dragon. It’s more exciting and action-packed than the first one.

2.     Where did inspiration for that book come from?

The first book ends with the main character, Josh, looking after two new siblings. Norm suggested they might be berserkers. I suggested they might get into danger and Josh has to save them. We went from there. 

We needed a change of setting so that we weren't rehashing the first book, and a Viking theme park seemed ideal - we would be able to widen the scope but also still include lots of Viking influences. I wanted to include a dragon as well, so Norm and I looked at the Norse myth of Fafnir vs Sigurd.

 

3.     What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?

Whether you’re a kid or an adult it’s the same: write and draw as much as you want and have as much fun as you can with it. Don’t worry about making it perfect, just make it fun.

Too many of us give up on creative work in childhood, or adulthood; we give up because we want our work to be perfect, or the best. That stuff doesn't matter in the long run. All that matters is that you’re making art and enjoying yourself.

4.     What did you have for breakfast this morning?

I went out for brekkie - I had scrambled eggs on toast and a hot chocolate … ok fine it was TWO hot chocolates.


Thanks James!

You can find out more about James and buy his books when you come to this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, including Mark, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and you can get more information on workshops here.

Karen Blair - Four Fab Festival questions

In Year 8, Karen Blair won 3rd place in the Children's Book Council of Australia Make Your Own Book Competition. She has never looked back!

Karen is a talented illustrator, super presenter, and wouldn't-you-just-love-to-have-her-as-your primary art school teacher.

Well, Karen is exhibiting her work and presenting primary school workshops for heARTlines in 2015, so you're in luck!

Below, Karen answers our Four Fab Festival questions...

1.       What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival?

Hello From Nowhere by Raewyn Caisley

2.       Where did inspiration for that book come from?

The landscape came from my own experience of the outback and friend’s photo’s and videos of the Nullarbor, the characters are a combination of friends, family, and my imagination. I spend a bit of time sketching and creating the characters before working them into illustrations, which will help tell the story. There were also a lot of extra details which I had to learn to draw, like caravans, trucks, bobtail lizards, petrol pumps and 200 kangaroos! Whenever something is unfamiliar I always do lots of sketching first.

3.       What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?

Practise and play and practise some more. Keep old stories or drawings, you never know where a character, idea or sketch may be useful again in the future. Have fun and read and draw if that’s what you love!

4.       What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Porridge and coffee.

 

Thanks Karen!

You can read more about Karen and buy her books when you come to this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and we'll be releasing more information about workshops soon...watch this space.

Public Program heARTlines Children’s Literature Festival

Attention artists, makers, musers, creators and dreamers! 

Want to spend some time investing in you? 
Want to meet some great like-minded people?
Want to learn and try and do?

Check out our Public Program for the 2015 heARTlines CHildren's Literature Festival, below. Bookings are essential. 

Book now or receive further information about the workshops by contacting MAC on 9295 3991 or email info@mundaringartscentre.com.au

You can also check out our schools program of workshops and talks.


Watercolour painting and illustration with Gabriel Evans

Thursday 11 June, 10am - 3pm

16 years + Adults

At the Mundaring Arts Centre – Gallery 2

$110 non-members (including materials) or $99 MAC Members *

Maximum participants 12

Gabriel Evans has illustrated over fifteen books, working in traditional materials including watercolour, gouache and coloured inks to create his whimsical paintings. Join Gabriel for a fun-filled day of creative exploration to learn about watercolour techniques and apply them to create your own illustrative painting to take home.

 


Meet the Makers

Sunday 21 June, 1 – 2.30pm

16 years + Adults

At the Mundaring Arts Centre – Gallery 2

$5 non-members or $4.50 MAC/ Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer's Centre members

Afternoon tea provided

Maximum participants 35

Join the heARTlines curator Cristy Burne and some of the festival’s artists and authors, as they discuss and demonstrate their passion for literature. For this session, you will meet renowned illustrators, James Foley and Frané Lessac and authors, Mark Greenwood, Cristy Burne and Amanda (AJ) Betts as they share their knowledge, stories and inspirations.   

The session will conclude with an illustrator duel… be prepared with some exciting adjectives and see what happens next! Then relax over a lovely warm, mulled wine and nibbles and a bit of informal mingling with the session’s presenters.


Landscape Painting with Wendy Binks

Sunday 28 June, 10am - 4pm

16 years + Adults

At the Mundaring Arts Centre – Gallery 2

$110 non-members (including materials) or $99 MAC Members *

Maximum participants 12

Join well-known artist, illustrator and author Wendy Binks in a full-day workshop exploring acrylic painting techniques. In this session, Wendy will help you create an amazing piece of art you will be proud to hang on any wall, using simple rules, methods and shortcuts. You will leave with one practice piece and one completed large canvas. This workshop is for absolute, non-painting beginners…. be brave, you will be amazed!


Book now or receive further information about the workshops by contacting MAC on 9295 3991 or email info@mundaringartscentre.com.au

 


Gabriel Evans - Four Fab Festival questions

Gabriel Evans has been illustrating since he first worked as a cartoonist at age 14. Now 23, he's still creating beautiful things as well as illustrating and presenting flat-out, with four books recently released.

We're thrilled to have him presenting primary school workshops as part of this year's heARTlines.

Below, Gabriel answers our Four Fab Festival questions...

1.    What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival?

I'll talk about my four recent books,  Annie's Snails (Walker Books) by Dianne Wolfer, Roses are Blue (Walker Books) by Sally Murphy, The Woodland Whiskers - The Party (Five Mile Press) and The Woodland Whiskers - A New Pet (Five Mile Press).

We'll also take a peek at an exciting project I'm working on with Walker Books.  Hint: It involves rum, gold and lots of AAARRR ME HEARTIES!

2.    Where did inspiration for that book come from?

Each new book challenges me to find inspiration from new sources, the people I meet, the surrounding landscape, a book.

3.    What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?

Experiment with as many different 'art' styles as you can. It'll not only strengthen your techniques and core style but will give you flexibility. Publishers love an illustrator who can adjust their style subtly to fit a project. 

Oh, and draw people. Lots of people! Majority of books are about people so make sure you're comfortable with figures!

4.    What did you have for breakfast this morning?

- I was very healthy this morning. I poached an egg and had it on rye toast with smashed tomatoes, parsley and a drizzling of apple cider vinegar/olive oil. YUMMY!

Thanks Gabriel!

You can read more about Gabriel and buy his books when you come to this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and we'll be releasing more information about workshops soon...watch this space.

Jen Banyard - Four Fab Festival questions

Calling all detectives, wanna-be detectives and lovers of fast-paced and funny adventure stories! If you're into mystery, action and comedy, you'll love Jen Banyard's workshops and books. Jen's funny and fabulous and presenting workshops for heARTlines this year.

We're so excited to have her! 

Thanks Jen for answering our four fab festival questions!

1.    What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival?
 
Mystery at Riddle Gully’ and ‘Riddle Gully Runaway

2.    Where did inspiration for those books come from?

For both books I was inspired by the fact that we sometimes make unkind assumptions about others based on very little.

For ‘Mystery’, I wanted to have a bit of fun with the ‘Twilight’/vampires obsession (not that I don’t love vampires!).

For ‘Runaway’ I hoped to seed the idea that we can come back from messing up.

Both books are the sort of good old-fashioned adventures that I’d like to have had!

 

3.    What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?

Show up for ‘work’ on a regular basis, even if it’s only to write fifty words … and disconnect from the internet. Go on, you can do it! 

4.    What did you have for breakfast this morning?

A banana, avocado and spinach smoothie – yum!

Thanks Jen!

You can see more of Jen and buy her books when you book a workshop at this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and we'll be releasing more information about primary school, high school and public workshops soon...watch this space.


Mark Greenwood - Four Fab Festival questions

If there's a story buried in history that needs to be told, Mark Greenwood's the one to tell it. His dynamic workshops are fascinating, inspiring and exciting. You'll leave with a thirst for adventure and an itch to create. Don't say you weren't warned!

Below Mark answers our Four Fab Festival questions...

1.     What book/s will you be speaking about at this year’s HeArtlines Festival?

I will be speaking about Midnight, illustrated by Frane Lessac, and Jandamarra, illustrated by Terry Denton.
 
2.     Where did inspiration for that book come from?

Midnight: The spark to write about the light horse came from a visit to a school in Queensland where I saw the famous photograph of the charge at Beersheba hanging in the school hall. I was instantly intrigued by the photo, and the contraversy surrounding it. I began searching for a story within the story – a tale of one horse and one rider among those brave 800 – a story that would give readers a sense of atmosphere, participation and excitement about that historic event. And that’s how Midnight found me!
 
Jandamarra: The remarkable story of Jandamarra was inspired by the discovery of a strange object on Rottnest Island that led me to an inspiring, disturbing and enchanting story.
My aim was a book that would deal with important themes of oppression, dispossession and betrayal and would provide a pathway for students to respect the history of Indigenous Australians and to ensure our children question some ‘truths’ about the past.


 
3.     What’s your advice to aspiring writers or illustrators of children’s books?

READ READ READ - and importantly ‘read with a writer’s eye’. Reading is the source of knowledge about writing.
 
4.     What did you have for breakfast this morning?

I was in India when I answered this question so I had Chai Masala, Dosa and Dal.

Thanks Mark!

You can find out more about Mark and buy his books when you come to this year's heARTlines festival in Mundaring, where we'll be exhibiting awesome artwork from Western Australia's most fabulous children's illustrators, and featuring workshops from WA's best children's authors and illustrators, including Mark, from 15 May till 28 June 2015.

The exhibition is FREE, and we'll be releasing more information about workshops soon...watch this space.