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Online | Words and Pictures | Cartoon Illustration and Story Telling | 10+


Words and Pictures is a course aimed at igniting the imagination of budding authors and illustrators. This course is lead by professional comic writer and illustrator Sam McNair. It includes a mix of writing, drawing, discussions and games. The intended outcome is to engage critical thinking skills, imagination and productivity. This course is aimed at improving visual literacy and above all having fun. Each term of Words and Pictures focuses on a different story archetype.

What to expect

Our online classes are delivered by tutors in real-time where students can follow the same step by step instruction as they’d receive in our studio classes, ask questions and share what they are working on with their zoom class mates. For children’s classes delivered online, you will need to provide your own art materials. Over the term students will:

  • Learn to produce stories with pictures.
  • Focus on presentation and quality.
  • Learn fundamental narrative and story telling skills

Class activities are structured to stimulate student’s imagination, build individual writing and illustration skills, enhance social confidence. Sam’s classes always include games and activities that create a fun and productive learning environment.

Is this course right for my child?

The class is best suited at students in Year 5 at Primary School through to Year 8 at High School.

Recommended Materials

  • You will just need a visual diary or drawing book (A4 or A3)
  • a fine point black roller ball pen.
  • HB pencil + Eraser + sharpener + ruler
  • Set of coloured pencils

Your tutor will let you know each week if you need anything special for the next week’s class, but this should be your standard kit each week.

We’re striving to use what you may already have on hand! So don’t hesitate if you don’t have the exact materials, as something similar will do the job just fine.

This course will run online

Due to Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions, our Term courses have been designed to run online via ZOOM. We hope to return to face-to-face studio classes soon, when it is safe to do so. Art Est will inform students once this is possible.

Your ZOOM link will be sent separate to your enrolment confirmation the day before your first class.

Click here to see our detailed guide to setting up and having a smooth online class.

To see our latest Covid-19 updates visit: artest.com.au/coronavirus

Creative Kids Vouchers

You can use your CreativeKids voucher towards any of our children’s term classes and holiday workshops. To take advantage of this offer you will need to email your voucher before enrolling or call us during normal office hours 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and enrol over the phone on 02 95641519. Find out more about using your CreativeKids voucher at Art Est

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$330 Limited inc GST
Online | Words and Pictures | Cartoon Illustration and Story Telling | 10+

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Term 3 classes are all delivered online via Zoom.
Price excludes art materials | Designed for children/teens in Years 5 to Year 8/9 at School | Suitable for new and continuing students, each term your tutor will have new activities to enjoy | Maximum of 12 students in all our classes

Using your CreativeKids voucher? Online enrolments are NOT available with these vouchers. You need to call on 02 9564 1519 during regular office hours 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and enrol over the phone

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • It was a good course and the teacher was good.
  • Sam and Craig were good teachers.
  • The thing that I enjoyed most was the individual stories that we did every term.