Events & Workshops


Here’s just a  small sample of the scrumptious scribbles, splendiferous splodges. stories  and characters done by artists ages 3- 10 at my  ‘Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw Gallery’ drop -in family workshop  in Tate Britain on March 26, 2016.  (Watch this space for more  – including video  – of the event)

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“I really liked Bridget’s talk and seeing her books of doodles and stories. I went home and made my own paper book of words and pictures all about believing in yourself.” Maia (Age 8)

I am deeply committed to fostering visual literacy, and helping children – and adults – love books of all kinds – especially books with pictures in them!

I  am an active member of (and run workshops for)  the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Children’s Writers and Illustrators in South London (CWISL) , the Society of Authors, and I also run holiday workshops for  Chelsea Young Writers.

Children’s workshops,  talks & school visits

I can work with groups of toddlers right up to young teens.  I offer talks, full and half day school visits and creative workshops, and stimulating holiday workshops for children on mark-making, reading and writing from pictures.  I participate in festivals including  ShoutSouth at London’s Southbank university and Stream.  I can work on longer-term projects too.

For school visits I can provide an introductory slideshow showing what I do and how I work as an author and illustrator,  adapting it to the age of the audience.  I like to get children involved, asking them questions and getting them doing hands-on activities as much as possible.

‘Bridget’s quick character drawing recipe’ is all about  encouraging everyone (including adults who say they can’t draw) to draw expressive  characters that can connect to each other and prompt ideas for stories.   As many as 200 children aged 7-10 have drawn characters of their own while sitting on the floor of a school hall in China.

©BridgetMarzo's Basic Character Drawing1.Faces

With more time I can inspire children to develop their characters into a mini book, comic strip or even into a full length picture book.

Combining themes from my books, such as Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw, with over a decade’s worth of experience teaching students at Parsons Paris inspired by Bauhaus techniques, I have  developed an array of  mark-making and colour mixing  exercises specifically for young children which they learn from and enjoy.

I am happy  to help select and refine the ideal session for your school, gallery, museum, association or festival activity, in the UK – or elsewhere, if you can contribute to my travel expenses.

I would thoroughly recommend Bridget in joining you for any Reading Festival or World Book Day.  She is delightful, engaging and fun to have in school. Helen O’Donahue,  headmistress, CET Primary School, Bow, London

“Our boys and girls were so inspired to create their own stories and characters, after meeting Bridget and seeing her beautiful books! As teachers, we were impressed with how her work encourages the children to express themselves creatively and how excitement about creating characters can develop into story ideas and vice versa!”  Natalie, Year 3 Class Teacher, The Garden House School, Chelsea.

For pre-published and published illustrators and students

Sharing my own international experience in the  children’s book industry,  I mentor upcoming illustrators, run dummy doctoring workshops and talk about subjects such as ‘Does Style Matter?’ and how ‘Mice, Mothers and Others’ are represented in children’s books.

With over 20 years experience teaching illustration,  design and visual narrative,  I give talks and workshops about picture book writing and illustrating in other art schools including the  Pratt Institute NY and organisations including the the AoI and SCBWI in a number of countries. I also write about contemporary children’s book illustration in the AoI magazine Varoom.

Her stories and thoughts were great to hear plus her references were interesting. Illustration student Parsons New School, New York

I wanted to thank you again for an inspirational and motivational weekend.
SCBWI picture book workshop attendee, Munich, Germany.