School Program Story by Danielle Freeland
Hattonvale Sate School 5B and 6A had a real treat yesterday when they met with Coral Tulloch at the Old Court House at Ipswich.
Coral, who was born in Melbourne, but now lives in Hobart, Tasmania studied fine art in Sydney, Prague and Italy. Her books are a visual feast. She also loves experimenting with art and has been known to let a tomato rot on a piece of paper just to see what shapes the juices makes as it decays.
Coral showed us some of her gorgeous illustrations. Phasmid, about the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect thought to be extinct, depicts a wash of tranquil images including the wind depicted as a face blowing air onto the page.
In One Small Island, she helps us discover a remote and precious World Heritage Site in the Sub Antarctic.
In The Journey, she showed us a diagram of what people thought the world looked like when it was flat, games and maps. The detail of the maps in this book are exquisite.
After this, Coral handed out paper and boards for the kids to draw. To start, she encouraged them to draw one line. Ever so gently, she asked them to turn that line into a river. Then a boat, a cook, a captain, and the picture began to grow. She exhorted the kids to use their imaginations and have great fun with it. Before they knew it, they had created a wonderful scene of adventure on the water.
Kids flocked around her at the end to show her their drawings. Her encouraging words flowed like honey. The kids beamed at her praises.
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