Introducing Illustrated Stories

Telling a story with pictures

Series 1 | Lesson 6

Creators | Nicki Greenberg & David Booth

Communicating through drawing is one of the oldest types of storytelling.

In this lesson, we’ll meet some illustrators who take readers on story adventures through amazing artwork, and who use their drawing hands to bring characters and worlds to life.

Key Concepts:

  • A broad introduction to illustrated stories
  • Examples of various forms of illustrated storytelling
  • Some of the methods and techniques that artists and illustrators use to tell a story through visuals

Take Aways:

  • Tools on how to communicate ideas visually
  • Insights into how illustrated stories can convey meaning, tone and emotion

Resources for Introducing Illustrated Stories

Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students,

each with their own activities and supporting resources.

  • A look at some of Nicki and David’s storybook illustrations
  • Students are encouraged to discover how much meaning one can gain from pictures alone
  • Create a simple illustrated storyboard for the story Boris’s Big Bad Day
  • Students are encouraged to try their hand at writing and illustrating
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"Engaging resources, nicely coloured, good explanations suited for the different age groups. I like that there are Middle Primary and Upper Primary versions."

- Karys, Secondary educator

About Introducing Illustrated Stories Creators

Nicki Greenberg

Nicki is an award-winning writer and illustrator of graphic novels, picture books, fiction and non-fiction.

Nicki's favourite activities are making and reading books, but when she does manage to tear herself away from the desk, she loves to roller skate, crochet, and hang out with her pet poodle.

In her past life she worked as a lawyer.

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David Booth

Melbourne-based artist David (aka ghostpatrol) has a diverse practice which spans printmaking, drawing, street art, sculpture and other multimedia experiments.

He likes to visit ideas of space exploration, cosmic scale and the super future.

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