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Illustrator Liz Anelli has been the 2016 WestWords artist in residence at the Parramatta Artists Studio in November. As part of her residency with us, she has facilitated several workshops at the Norman Lindsay Gallery (Springwood), the Max Webber Library (Blacktown) and Parramatta Artists Studios. Students from Korowal School, Parramatta North, and  Blacktown South Public School have shared in the imagination and inspiration of Liz’s art practise.

Liz guided Year 5 and 6 students through many different drawing challenges and creative activities, from learning how to draw a pelican (as in her recent book with Pamela Freeman, Desert Lake (Walker Books)), to experimenting with different styles of drawing, to pressing household objects (scissors, pen lids, forks) into ink pads to make “printy creatures”.

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The workshop with Korowal School at the Norman Lindsay Gallery included a special visit to our exhibition (presented in partnership with Sydney Writers’ Festival), Picture Gallery, which featured the work of contemporary children’s book illustrators Tony Flowers,  Andrew JoynerChris NixonCheryl Orsini,  Judith RossellShaun Tan and of course Liz Anelli. Norman Lindsay’s classic Magic Puddings watched over everything we did!

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Students from each of the schools created unique and dynamic artworks, gaining confidence and discovering the surprising results of ink printing.

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Thank you to everybody involved in bringing these workshops to life. Thank you especially to Liz for sharing her knowledge and skills, stamps and a crazy array of household objects all in the name of creating new and interesting artworks with the young people of Western Sydney.

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