Expect the Unexpected Drawing with Shaun Tan  (Primary)

Thu 7 Oct, 10.30am–12pm (AEDT)

Past program


This program takes place virtually

Levels 3 & 4

Join Academy award winning artist, writer and filmmaker Shaun Tan for an exclusive virtual workshop and be inspired by the ideas and techniques in his work. Learn how authors and illustrators combine words with pictures to develop a storyline and convey character and setting. Then with Tan’s expert guidance, invent and draw a unique creature to feature in a story of your own.

About the Artist

Shaun Tan has been delighting audiences with his thought provoking stories and beautiful illustrations over many years in books such as The Lost Thing, The Arrival, Rules of Summer and Eric. Taking inspiration from a wide variety of sources, his work considers topics such as belonging, our relationship to nature and the magical power of imagination.

Shaun is the recipient of an Academy Award (for the short animated film The Lost Thing) the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden and the Kate Greenaway Medal in the UK.

Learning Objectives

  • Utilise the ideas, materials, techniques and processes in artworks as inspiration to create own artworks
  • Use techniques to extend and generate imaginative ideas
  • Analyse how authors and illustrators develop the elements of story writing, including characters, narrative and setting.
  • Create a character as part of a setting and storyline that explores students’ own experience and imagination.
Learn Virtual

The National Gallery of Victoria is a proud partner of the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series, an initiative of the Department of Education and Training (DET) that provides opportunities for high-ability students in Victorian government schools.

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