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Through it's workshop program Books Illustrated aims to provide children and adults with a range of quality creative experiences with practicing children's book illustrators.

Recent Workshops


Ann James illustration workshops with primary schools in the Warnambool area in Victoria - August, 214

Grasmere Primary School - chinagraph pencil and watercolour

Grasmere Primary School - magic pencils and mud

Books Illustrated workshop with students from Timor Primary School creating creatures to add to the swamp scene in the Mud & Mugic exhibition at the Central Goldfields Gallery in Maryborough, Victoria.

Past Workshops    
Sunrise, Sunset – watercolour workshops at Gasworks Arts Park on April 12, 2012
  Children created silhouettes in watercolours, charcoal and inks with Ann James.
The inspiration for the workshops was Ann's latest picture book 'It's a Miroocool!'
Workshop 'Out of this World' held at Gasworks Park
20 January 2011

Children created and drew creatures which were inspired by the creatures in Shaun Tan's world of Utopia
from 'The Lost Thing'.
They then made 3D models from their drawings. These were then photographed against a painted backdrop.

Illustration workshop for adults with Ann James at Walker St. Dandenong, 2010
Watercolour and ink on watercolour paper    
    Soft pastels on black paper
'Splash!' watercolour workshops with Ann James


'Smudge' pastels with Ann James
Quirky Quill Pictures with Mitch Vane
Mitch selecting pieces   Children creating their colour backgrounds
Workshop assistant Jim and his trusty hairdyer!    
Paper Sculpture with Meredith Thomas
Meredith and workshop helpers   Turtle creation from workshop 1- based on her book 'Tug of War'
Acrylic Paintings on canvas with Mini Goss

Children painted canvases around the theme 'owls' - based on her latest picture book 'Five Little Owls'

Getting started ...   One and a half hours later ...
A young Picasso or Dali at work!    
Cartooning with Leigh Hobbs
Cartooning with Leigh Hobbs    
Paper Collage with Sally Rippin
'Wishy Washy' with Ann James

Illustrator Ann James introduced children to a variety of techniques and tricks when using watercolour in workshop Wishy Washy! September 2005.

Ann James is well known for books such as 'The Midnight Gang', 'Penny Pollard's Diary', 'Little Humpty' and 'The Way I Love You'.



Ann James demonstrating   Evie's paints the view from the Art Room door
Rebecca washes in her ocean   Aiden draws her monster