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Barbara Spurll

Illustrator

Contact Information

http://www.barbaraspurll.com

barbara [at] barbaraspurll [dot] com

160 Browning Avenue
Toronto ON
M4K 1W5

b. (416) 594-6594

Selected Bibliography

Theodora Bear (Orca Book Publishers, 2007)
The Easter Bunny is Missing! (Scholastic Inc.)
Emma at the Fair (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2005)

Location: Toronto, ONAvailability: nationalAvailable: Weekdays

Reading Location:

libraries, schools

Grades:

4 to 6

Audience Size:

30 to 60

Fees:

School presentations: $200 per hour with a $300 minimum charge per location, plus GST; plus travel, accommodation and expenses. Public Libraries: $200 per hour with a $300 minimum charge per location, plus GST; plus travel, accommodation and expenses.

Language:

English

Readings

I begin with a story, then share samples of how an illustration progresses step by step from initial sketches through to completion of final artwork. This serves as an introduction to a lively session about drawing and illustrative skills for young people, including demonstrations.

School and library visits (Grades 4 to 6), topics include as many of the following as time will allow for:

  • Better ideas make better pictures - What are some fast techniques for coming up with great ideas?
  • Communicating better using pictorial symbols - What’s the best way to communicate what you have to say?
  • Creating more dynamic compositions for your pictures - How can you make your picture stand out from the crowd?
  • Drawing techniques and proportions of the body - Are there any tricks or shortcuts to being able to draw realistically? What is contour line drawing? What does composition have to do with pictures? Does learning proportion have to be complicated?
  • Special Equipment:

    n/a

    Book Sales:

    Copies of books can be brought to be sold and autographed.

    Workshop Location:

    libraries, schools

    Grades:

    4 to 6

    Audience Size:

    30 to 60

    Fees:

    $500 per two-hour workshop, plus GST; plus travel, accommodation and expenses; $900 per full-day workshop, plus GST; plus travel, accommodation and expenses

    Language:

    English

    Workshops

    I begin with a story, then share samples of how an illustration progresses step by step from initial sketches through to completion of final artwork. This serves as an introduction to a lively session about drawing and illustrative skills for young people, including demonstrations. For workshops children should bring a pencil and some unlined paper.

    Workshop visits (Grades 4 to 6), topics include:

  • Better ideas make better pictures - What are some quick, effective techniques for coming up with ideas?
  • Communicating better using pictorial symbols - What’s the best way to communicate what you have to say?
  • Creating more dynamic compositions for your pictures- How can you make your picture stand out from the crowd?
  • Drawing techniques and proportions of the body - Are there any tricks or shortcuts to being able to draw realistically? What is contour line drawing? What does composition have to do with pictures? Does learning proportion have to be complicated?
  • Special Equipment:

    n/a

    Book Sales:

    Copies of books can be brought to be sold and autographed.

    Biography

    My family traded the English fog for the wind-chill factor of Winnipeg, Canada when I was three-and-a-half. I survived the winters and Cream of Wheat, eventually moving east to Toronto to study art at the Artists' Workshop and the New School of Art. I attended George Brown College where I later taught illustration courses to post secondary and continuing education classes. My illustration career began with illustrations for the Toronto Star and has branched into the advertising, institutional and publishing industries. My technique combines the natural quality of water-colours with the brilliance of water-colour dyes.