Serena Geddes


Serena's talks and workshops cover a number of areas from writing and illustration, creating comics, animation talks to story time and easy to follow drawing for K-2.

Her talks are catered to all year levels from Primary to Senior, and her workshops can be created to suit specific needs or themes.


Recently, at Wideview Public School, we had the pleasure of being part of Serena Geddes’ workshops on illustrating.
We felt it was important to highlight the importance of illustrators/illustrations in the overall presentation of children’s literature.
With that in mind, Serena began her workshop by showing the variety of illustrations she had already completed in a diverse collection of publications. She then proceeded to demonstrate the necessary steps in preparation of a finished illustration. Serena immediately engaged the children by asking for suggestions in the creation of her work.
The children responded enthusiastically and then we sat back and watched the magic of Serena ‘at work’.
Throughout the entire workshop she interacted with the children, explaining, demonstrating and answering general questions. Her talent in this art form is obvious. Her manner with her audience was warm, patient and showed understanding of the appropriate level of engagement necessary for each relevant age group.
The children were thrilled with the finished illustrations and kept asking to see them, and kept asking when are they going to be on display in the library. The queue lining up to get her autograph at the end was lengthy to say the least.
Serena is definitely an illustrator/presenter worth engaging to visit your school and watch weave her creative talent for your children.
Wideview Public School, September 2014

Stage 1 students thoroughly enjoyed meeting Serena Geddes.
Serena provided some background info about herself and the author of the ‘Lulu Bell’ books. The children were interested to hear that the characters are actually based on real people, and that Serena has travelled to many different countries for work.
Serena explained, in easy steps, how she illustrates the ‘Lulu Bell’ books. The kids loved watching a time lapse video of her drawing. This was a great way to engage the students.
I think the highlight (well, for me anyway), was when Serena used the students ideas to create a book character. As Serena drew and painted, we jointly constructed a narrative about the new character. This tied in nicely with our unit about narratives.
Thank you Serena! Many students have been inspired to read the ‘Lulu Bell’ books since your visit. We hope you can visit us again one day.
Hambledon Primary, August 2014

Our Prep students loved Serena. She read one of her books and conducted a drawing workshop. The students really enjoyed learning new techniques about how to draw characters with expression. Every one of them walked away afterwards with a smile on their face and some wonderful drawings. Serena has a lovely bubbly personality and was thoroughly entertaining and engaging.
Elsternwick Primary School, December 2013

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