School Program Story by Yvonne Mes
Megan Forward is an Australian illustrator and author with an extensive background in visual arts, specifically in print making. A Patch from Scratch was published in March 2016 (Penguin Random House) and Megan runs workshops for children around ideas about living sustainably in an urban setting. In November 2016 All I want for Christmas is Rain was, written by Cori Brooke and published (New Frontier), which was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council Award 2017.
During the school program Megan shared some of her childhood illustrations and stories. One of her childhood stories was even illustrated as a lift-the-flap. And later, during French classes she would add pictures to the French words making it easier to remember them.
‘All I Want for Christmas is Rain’ takes place during a drought. Megan had to find a way to create mud to paint with for the book. During the session she asked the children to help create a mud effect using some magical art materials in the form of condis crystals which turn from a vibrant purple to a muddy brown when dried.
After listening to story, the children joined in a rain dance, and were able to see Megan’s original artwork for the story, her illustration process and sketches.
Blogging Team 2017