WENDY Benner and Dr Cameron Stelzer with students Adam Curtain, Zoe Rix, Anthony Beattie, Lachlan Reeve and Kirra Hodges at Centaur Primary School last week. PHOTO SUPPLIED
WENDY Benner and Dr Cameron Stelzer with students Adam Curtain, Zoe Rix, Anthony Beattie, Lachlan Reeve and Kirra Hodges at Centaur Primary School last week. PHOTO SUPPLIED

These ankle-biters are pie-rats

A POPULAR children’s author and illustrator has showed students at Centaur Public School how to bring out their creative streak.

Dr Cameron Stelzer held interactive workshops with students from Kindergarten to Year 6 this past week at the Banora Point campus.

Students participated in readings with Dr Stelzer and learnt basic illustration skills including his well known pie-rats.

“These workshops are a great way for both girls and boys to be more active in reading and creative arts,” Dr Stelzer said.

“Workshops give the students an understanding of several of the processes involved in putting together an illustrated book by practically getting them to create things themselves.

“It also encourages them in their learning and brings to life things they learn in English and art.”

The Stroogle is a modern twist to the classic ugly duckling story.

The simple rhyming text leads the reader through an adventure of rejection, misunderstanding and sadness to friendship, courage and acceptance.

It was created while Dr Stelzer was working at the Natural History Museum in London in 2003.

He was inspired by the many creatures the museum held in its collection.

School principal Darren Scott said students got a kick out of the workshops.

“It has been a fantastic experience for the students here,” Mr Scott said.

“Cameron’s ability to bring out the creative side of everyone has been reflected in the work of our students.”

Dr Stelzer has written and illustrated four books in the Stroogle series.

He has also produced two drawing books incorporating many of the concepts and illustration tips he uses in his workshops.



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