School Program Story by Tyrion Perkins
Trace Balla, winner of the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year in the younger readers category for her latest book “Rockhopping,” took the class out into the park for her sessions.
She showed them photos and drawings from her travels. She always took paper and notebook, as well as binoculars, books like bird identification books, and a magnifying glass for finding detail no one else sees.
An advantage of drawing people instead of taking a photo, besides that some didn’t like to be photographed, was that they would often tell her about what they were doing, like how they make baskets. She could write the names of birds, languages, or the sounds things made down beside the image. When she had an experience like diving under a waterfall, she would draw it afterwards, and many of these images made their way into her books. She likes to remember it is Aboriginal country and always puts something into her book about the local people.
The children sat spellbound as she went through the year long process of making a rough version of a book. She makes practice pictures before doing the final versions. The children spread out through the park with clipboards and magnifying glasses where they drew plants and birds, and had a go blending watercolour pencils.
For more information about Trace: http://bookedout.com.au/find-a-speaker/author/trace-balla/
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