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Young Illustrators is an exciting new program offering an engaging, stimulating, safe and open space for young people to learn directly from professional artists and storytellers.

Over one action-packed day, students will workshop creative ideas and techniques with a highly successful professional visual artist. 

Students will spend the day in the inspiring, heritage-listed venue and grounds of The Literature Centre, where artists will share their skills, techniques and industry knowledge in process-based workshops linked directly to the curriculum.

Attending students will also have the opportunity to study picture book exhibitions of original artworks displayed in our two galleries. They will benefit from collaborating, reflecting and sharing ideas and experiences with visual art students from different schools.

Students will leave the program with:

  • Exposure to new artistic styles and ways of working

  • A renewed vision for their creative work

  • Increased confidence in their abilities and potential

  • Practical techniques they can apply to visual storytelling

  • A new group of like-minded peers from different schools

The Literature Centre team is highly experienced in delivering innovative creative writing and illustration workshops to school students. Our creative programs producer, creative learning coordinator and associates collaborate closely with guest artists to design and curate educational and creative workshops linked to the Department of Education curriculum, which add value to learning, provide opportunities that illuminate the power of visual language and support artistic growth for students and teachers.

This face-to-face program offers young illustrators the opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s best visual artists and storytellers. Young Illustrators is our new program to support the next generation of visual storytellers. 

Duration: Students will attend one workshop in Term 2 and another in Term 4. Artists will differ between terms. These are full-day workshops, held at The Literature Centre in Fremantle.

Suitable: Year 7 - 12 Visual Arts students

Cost: $35 per student per term. To register your interest for your students in 2024, please email Deb at


In 2023, our inaugural Young Illustrators pilot program was a resounding success. Renowned artists Aśka and Karen Blair presented engaging workshops, and the feedback received from teachers and students has been incredibly inspiring.


I like how it’s more about encouragement and improvement rather than criticism. Appreciated to have the opportunity to have a whole day dedicated to art. I feel inspired by the techniques.

Cindy, Year 9, Applecross Senior High School

I learned new forms of brush techniques and other art styles I didn’t even know existed. Learning different styles will definitely improve my art knowledge. People that were here to help were nice and helpful. I was also very comfortable throughout the whole session.

Giomarie, Year 7, Balcatta Senior High School


I learnt a lot about stylisation by simplifying realistic shapes/features. I had fun learning about composition and putting together thumbnails of interesting scenes. I’m excited to implement this into my work at home and school.

Zoe, Year 10, John Curtin College of the Arts

Fantastic facilitator! The step-by-step building up of knowledge was informative and effective. The boys were engaged all day (not easy to get them focused for an entire day!) It was well suited to their ability levels and allowed for them to explore techniques without being “precious”.

Michelle, Art Technician, CBC FremantleExcellent coherent delivery - bam bam bam. Really controlled yet dynamic and exciting environment, and I feel they benefited from the intensity as well as the plethora of approaches introduced - learned more myself than in three years of an illustration degree. (Well I actually did know it all but was never taught it.)

Anne, Teacher, John Curtin College of the Arts