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Gaye Chapman is a visual artist of international standing, and a multi-award-winning author | illustrator of 15 globally published children's books, her comprehensive body of work critically acclaimed. She is one of the most significant painters working in Australia today, often collaborating with museums and scientists as part of her fieldwork and research and holds a PhD in Contemporary Art.

Gaye’s work with progressive writers, along with her own writing, has established her as an innovator of contemporary children’s picture books; her work being described as “dark chocolate” and “Goth meets Laura Ashley”. She has more than 15 picture books to her name and has been awarded many prestigious literary and fine art prizes, including the QLD Premier's Literary Award; International White Ravens selection; 8 Children’s Book Council of Australia awards including the CBCA Chrichton Award shortlist; the Archibald Prize Salon des Refusé; and multiple-selected finalist in the Sulman Prize, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize and Portia Geach.

Gaye's Most recent book awards and adaptations include The Three Billy Goats Gruff (with Margrete Lamond) adapted as a Bolinda Audio Books Australia talking book and narrated by Miriam Margolyes, (Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series). Incredibilia, with Libby Hathorn, was Short listed for the Society for Women Writers Biennial Awards 2017 and the Queensland Literary Award 2016; and was adapted for performance by Schools Spectacular choreographer Katelyn Boshell and performed at Centennial Parklands in 2017. Gaye is currently working on her new picture book Sweet Green with Dirt Lane Press.

Gaye is a warm, inspiring and versatile teaching artist and speaker with over 2 decades of experience as a public speaker and facilitator of art and writing workshops and talks at libraries, galleries, festivals, conferences, writers\groups and schools across Australia. Her dynamic, fun and highly interactive sessions and workshops explore creativity, how it works and how we perceive the world through experimental and experiential talks and workshops for children, young adults and the "young at heart". Sessions incorporate Gaye's passion for exploring the use of drama as a teaching tool; right-left brain thinking; and discovering our own creative potential through unconventional methods that are simple, inclusive and easy to understand.

Gaye's Books

Little Hare Books | Hardie Grant Egmont
Gaye Chapman and Libby Hathorn, 2016

Little Georgie is the youngest, and this sometimes means Max and Harriet forget about her. But Georgie is unfazed. She’s armed with a BIG imagination, and soon secures the attention of her neglectful siblings. Libby Hathorn, one of Australia’s literary treasures, and award-winning artist Gaye Chapman have created a stunningly evocative story that celebrates the honesty and attraction of imaginative play.

In The Evening
Little Hare Books | Hardie Grant Egmont
Gaye Chapman and Edwina Wyatt, 2016

Oscar is bashful and longs for a friend to alleviate the loneliness of twilight. Can the gregarious Charlie find a way past Oscar's shyness to become that friend? This story of two young woodland squirrels traces a friendship that takes goodwill and perseverance to finally blossom.

An encouraging tale that reflects many children's anxieties about forming friendships, In the Evening is also a lesson in the art of gentle persuasion.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Once Upon a Timeless Tale Series)
Little Hare Books | Hardie Grant Egmont
Gaye Chapman and Margrete Lamond, 2014

The Billy Goats Gruff are headed up the mountain, but to get there they must first cross a bridge. The trouble is, a troll lives underneath it and he is very keen to gobble up those goats, one after the other. Luckily, the billy goats are smart. Luckier still, the troll is stupid.

The story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff has been Norway’s best-loved folk tale for nearly 200 years. This lively retelling, with exceptional illustrations by the talented Gaye Chapman, will delight a fresh generation of readers and ensure the story continues to be loved for many years to come.

Visit Gaye's website for more of her titles.

Gaye's Workshops

Most young children love art. But older children often begin to lose this love of art and doubt themselves, thinking they are ‘not talented’ and are ‘making mistakes’.

Gaye’s art workshops use ‘making mistakes’ as a way to show all children how to love art, learn to be ‘talented’ and have fun!. Her unconventional methods combine 3 simple and easy to understand elements: ‘drawing on the right-hand side of the brain’ and right-left brain art exercises; dramatic art and mime as an interactive teaching tool; and Gaye’s proven belief that we all share the ability to think in ‘synaesthesia’ – that sounds, movements and emotions can be understood as colour, line and shape and vice versa. Even very tiny children understand this and find it an exciting fun way to make art, shouting along as they follow guided drawing.

Workshop Topics include:

  • I am already an artist
  • The secrets of great artists
  • The power of drama and play
  • How to draw what you hear
  • The joy a ‘bad art’ and scribble
  • How to ‘hear’ and ‘see’ lines and colours
  • How to ‘see’ the world in 2D and 3D
  • How to draw ‘properly’ in simple shapes
  • How to teach yourself to be ‘talented’

Audience: pre-school, K – year 6, young adults, ‘young at heart’ adults
Timing: 2 hours minimum to full-day workshops
Materials: simple, easy and inexpensive requirements and materials

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