Here is a video of a drop-in event at Tate Britain where Bridget worked with families of all ages. After loosening up with some arm movements everyone got drawing and created an amazing art gallery of their own.
With long experience of teaching 4-6 year olds and also picture book making for a decade at Parsons Paris School of Design, Bridget offers family workshops and inspiring sessions with children for schools, galleries, bookstores and associations such as the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, across the world. She also gives talks to students about illustrating children’s books and offers mentoring on a one-to-one basis.
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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 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.
Bridget says: I offer talks, full and half day school visits, mentoring and creative workshops. I like to use my picture books as a springboard for some fun activities.
You Me and the Whole Wide World (Walker Books UK 2022) about growing together, is perfect pretext for children to make and draw lots of different people and link them together in a paper chain. We can also use colour mixing to create many different skin tones, and hair colours. It helps open up conversations about what makes us unique and what we all have in common.
Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw (Tate UK, Abrams US) is a springboard for drawing and making characters connect through eye direction and expression as well as for all kinds of mark-making. This is a great way to inspire children’s own stories.
I’ve participated in many book festivals in the UK and elsewhere, and I can work on longer-term projects too.
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.
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.
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..
With over a decade’s worth of experience teaching students at Parsons Paris inspired by Bauhaus techniques, I have also developed an array of mark-making and colour mixing exercises adaptable to any age.
For pre-published and published illustrators and students
With over 20 years experience teaching illustration, 2D design and visual narrative at Parsons Paris School of Design, 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 have also written about contemporary children’s book illustration in the AoI magazine Varoom.
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.
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.