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Teaching and demonstration

Picture books are a fascinating blend of storytelling and art. With more than 50 books behind her which range from those for young readers and others that are aimed equally at adults, Elise is able to engage all age groups and backgrounds in discussions, lectures and demonstrations. She has spoken on panels, demonstrated to art groups, judged art awards, conducted seminars on writing for children and visual literacy, taught primary and secondary school children techniques for writing and illustration, staged exhibitions and frequently appears at art markets. Her work has an international following through  cards, journals, prints and books. Whether in Australia or internationally, please contact us with your event. 


Sessions are highly adaptable and mostly focus on the area of picture books. For children, storytelling blends artfully with theory to deliver easy techniques for writing and illustration. 

Teaching: all ages and abilities. 

* Festival panels

* Live drawing/painting 

* Interactive picture book story and illustration talks  

* Crosshatching workshops (small groups or auditorium events)

* Writing for children

* Visual literacy

* Art as a career (professional talks) 

"Elise was incredibly enthusiastic, patient and humorous with all the children in showing them lots of fun techniques to enable them to enjoy drawing too. Despite some of the children feeling a little negative about their own abilities, Elise was able to reassure them and show them that they could, in fact, draw just as well as anyone else!" Sue Wootton, Yarra Libraries

Melbourne Writer's Festival workshops
Artist in Residence at Fed Square, Melbourne
Bookshop window illustration/display 


On public demonstration in oils, Elise says:

"Inspiration for much of my work flows from the fashion, architecture and design of the 1920s-50s, with the narrative elements that I have perfected as an illustrator. The resulting work has a strong style, with a little theatrical flair and a narrative edge which draws the viewer to engage with the work. Throw in the freedom of a little surreality and we have memorable works that people can see brought to life before their eyes. And don't worry - no overalls, no mess."


Listen to Elise

Interview with images: RRR, Australia


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