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Dreaming with drawings, waltzing with words

Telling your story with Cheryl Orsini

Thursday 20 January 2022
Live online
Cheryl Orsini
Cheryl Orsini

What stories are special to you? What tall tales of triumph and tragedy, fun, silly, sweet or sad are passed around between your family and friends? Join us online for a magical workshop with illustrator and author, Cheryl Orsini, as she guides you to weave words and pictures to tell a story.

Some materials you will need to get crafty with us:

  • A4 paper or a notebook
  • A3 paper (heavy weight works best!)
  • Scissors, remember to ask for help with these if you need it!
  • Something to draw with, like coloured pencils and graphite pencils
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Coloured or patterned paper to collage  
  • Sticky tape or glue

Cheryl Orsini taught herself to draw as a little girl. She grew a little taller, studied Visual Communications at UTS and finally, when she could grow no more, she started illustrating children's books, magazines and decorating a great many peg dolls! She’s now illustrated over sixty books including Dancing with Memories (Humble Access), Fairy!, Dragon!, Mermaid! and Unicorn! (Affirm Press), The Travelling Bookshop series (ABC Books), Caravan Fran (Lothian). Her work also regularly appears in The School Magazine, exhibitions and murals.

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC

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Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019
Collection display in Gallery Five, 2019

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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