Join Award Winning Artist, Samantha Hughes for a three-part illustration workshop where she explores characters, colours, composition and more!

Samantha Hughes delights in making mischief, of one kind and another. She writes and illustrates in a sunny studio in Fremantle, surrounded by colour and cats. Sam has worked across Western Australia creating paintings, community artworks and books filled with magic and wild adventures.


Part One: Story Warm-ups

  • Welcome and introduction
  • 100 lines: Expressive drawing that explores mark making with objects.
  • The Scribble Game: Exploring shapes and creating characters
  • Magic pop sticks: Writing types of emotions on pop sticks and lucky-dipping them to create fun characters

Part Two: Visual Narrative 

  • Characters and expression: Using shapes to create different types of characters
  • Sketching characters from suggestions
  • Colour: How different colours make us feel different things
  • What’s in your bag?: How objects tell us about the characters and their story
  • Composition: Focus, perspective and point of view

Part Three: Mini Book Making

  • How to make mini books
  • Story examples and conversation starters
  • How to tell a story over 3 pages using illustration concepts
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