I love working with both children and adults to inspire creativity in all its forms. Creativity for me is about ‘freedom’ – not being afraid to experiment, to play, and to keep challenging yourself…and of course, to have fun along the way.
I love to help others on their own creative journeys.
I am available to run a wide variety of presentations and fun hands-on workshops in schools and at festivals. Email me if you would like more information.
I specialise in the following:
- Illustration workshops
- Multi-modal workshops/presentations (animation, writing, music)
- Visual literacy
- All aspects of how to create a children’s book
My debut children’s book, Afloat in Venice, to be released in September 2021, uses a unique blend of photography, knitting, writing and digital processes to create the illustrations. Matt Ottley has composed music to accompany the book, and I have created an animation to be performed live with members of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at the Sound of Picture Books initiative in Perth in September.
In my previous role as the Founder and Executive Director of the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture (now known as the Lester Prize), I have had the pleasure of co-ordinating remote/regional art workshops with indigenous children, working closely with Save the Children, and also workshops with adults with dementia, disabilities and head traumas through the organisations DADDA, Amana Living, ArtSource, the St John of God Hospital and UnitingCare West.
I also created and ran a series of celebrity art workshops at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. In conjunction with the Starlight Children’s Foundation, this initiative saw a variety of workshops taking place annually within the hospital environment, with the artworks produced by patients being exhibited alongside Australia’s best portrait artists.
“Tina’s workshop was thoroughly enjoyable! Staff and students alike were engaged and enamoured by her creativity. The fusion of art, digital technology, music and the written word was inspirational.” Rosalind King, Library Manager & Technology Officer, St Joesph’s Catholic Primary School Alstonville