As the illustrator of twelve picture books and winner of many book awards, Anne Spudvilas has a long career working with authors and publishers. She brings this experience with her to present workshops and talks to students at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Anne brings sketchbooks, storyboards,dummy books and a slideshow to take students through the process of creating and designing a picture book, from receiving the text through to the printed book.  


 photo: Simon Schluter 











Using charcoal, Anne takes students step by step through the stages of drawing, from beginning with the most simple shapes to adding light and shade, tone and texture to create a realistic picture of a cat. This simple exercise is extremely popular with children and is an excellent introduction to the basicsof using a tonal medium.

Elements of portraiture are also discussed with older students, with a member of the class being selected and drawn, either as a tonal portrait, or in the style of a courtroom sketch. Anne worked for years with the Melbourne print and television media as a court artist.




To book Anne for your school contact:


New South Wales: Kris Fegent

Queensland: Helen Bain


 Student at drawing workshop - University of New England



Drawing workshop in charcoal at Nichols Point Primary School, Mildura




Anne Spudvilas is an established portrait painter and award-winning illustrator of children’s books who has also worked as a courtroom artist for the Melbourne media.
Anne's portraits have been selected in major portrait competitions including the Archibald and Doug Moran Prizes and she has completed public commissions for the City of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government. Her work is in collections in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia.

Her first picture book The Race was awarded the Crichton Award for Illustration and CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) Honour Book. In 2000 she won CBCA Picture Book of the Year with Jenny Angel, which was also shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award.
In 2008 The Peasant Prince won the NSW Premier's Award (Patricia Wrightson Prize), the Australian Book Industry Award for Younger Readers and the Queensland Premiers Award.

Anne's designs were used by Australia Post for the 2006 Australian Christmas stamps.

In recent years Anne has included printmaking in her practice with an emphasis on etchings and monoprints. She lives on the confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers at Wentworth in New South Wales . 


Pelican on the Murray ll    Etching by Anne Spudvilas 2012















     pub. Allen & Unwin 2014




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