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The picture book making workshops are well under way here at the studio! The first group just celebrated their book launch, where we read their books to a very impressed audience, cupcakes flew and fun was had by all. Congratulations to all the writers & artists…their books were all FANTASTIC!

I’m now starting my third block of classes where we’ll be concentrating on collage and watercolour. This block begins Saturday the 23rd of February and runs for five weeks. There is one space left in the class for 12-14 year-olds, so drop me a line if you’d like to fill it! You can contact me through my website http://sarapinto.com

The next block of 5 weeks will begin after the Easter break and we’ll be doing collage & watercolour. These will both be for the 8-11 year-old set.

Dates & Times:

Thursdays 18th April – 16th May 3:30-5:30

Saturdays 20th April – 18th May 2:00-4:00 (if you are away May 4th, we’ll add another class) Cost: £75 (includes materials and snack, of course!)

Last Block Dates before Summer:

Tuesdays 21st May – 18th June 3:30-5:30

Thursdays 23rd May – 20th June 3:30-5:30

Age groups and creative focus to be determined by demand, closer to the date.

Watch this space for Summer Art Camp!

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I’m very excited to begin offering workshops in my studio in Glasgow! I’m going to be doing lots of different programs, some for kids, some for grown-ups.

The first workshop focuses on picture book creation and is for the nine to eleven year-old set. This is a five week course where we’ll be learning how a picture book is designed, the steps involved, how to craft your idea into a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.

We’ll be making art to illustrate our stories (we’ll also be talking about how best to use illustration and graphics to enhance the story as well as trying out lots of different mediums like collage, photos and painting).

And finally, the kids will learn how to make a book out of paper (called a ‘dummy’ in the trade) that will hold up to time and many many readings! Once they can do this, they’ll be able to make countless books and will be able to make dummies to show editors when they all grow up to be illustrators and writers!!

This class is full but I’ll be setting up others soon and for different ages as well…watch this space!

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Home from the whirlwind tour of the United States. Actually, they are not feeling all that United, but that’s for someone else’s blog. Here in Glasgow, we’re united against the looming darkness and wet that we’ll all endure for the coming months. No better time to get a lot of work done!

But it is hard. It’s hard to be your own engine, your own fuel tank, your own match. Sometimes I dream of going to an office where there are plans to get things done, schedules, water coolers. Structure, obligation, responsibility. Teams. Flip charts.

But here I am. There is my big work table, cleared off and ready. There’s the paper. I’ve made myself some coffee. I can do this. I feel sort of lonely padding around here on my own, I’ve got to admit. But, I’m going to put pen to paper and trust that once I begin I’ll lose myself in The Thing. It does always happen but somehow starting is always an act of faith.

Would it be weird if I had a water cooler installed in the corner of the studio? I’d at least get to talk to the guy who delivered a fresh one each month.

Wait one second! I see that it’s already one o’clock and the kids are due home in a few hours…I’ve got to start working, enough of this musing.

Ready, Set, Go….

 

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