School drawing competition. Eye and imagination winning drawing by prep student Jed Fraser Monbulk Primary School
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Monbulk Primary School has great imagination!

Students of imagination at Monbulk Primary School

Take a look at the clever drawings from the students of Monbulk Primary School! Some students entered the eye and imagination competition for a chance to win one of 2 books. The winners are Jed Frazer (Prep class) and Samantha Daly (2/3 class). Well done everyone who entered. All the entries where brilliant!

If you haven’t seen it yet this is the video I created about using your imagination creatively. (At the time I posted this it is positioned on the side bar) It uses a simple illustration of an eye and turns it into all sorts of object. This is what the students did for their competition entries.

Monbulk Primary Students Montage of entries. Drawings for the eye and imagination competition.

Monbulk Primary Students Montage of entries. Drawings for the eye and imagination competition.

I was also impressed with some of the original ideas some students created like eyes-cream and the spider and web. There were impressive birds and animals of all kinds and the strange creatures were pretty popular.


Congratulations to all students who will receive a certificate this week. The prize winners will also receive a personalised certificate created just for them and their personally signed picture book. Well done Monbulk Primary, you all have wonderfully creative imaginations.

Cartooning faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download
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How to draw cartoon faces – basic cheat sheet for kids and teachers.

Cartooning faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download

Cartoon faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download

An integration aid asked for a copy of my drawings I did at a literacy Expo. She wanted a cheat sheet. decided to upload it to share. I have created 2 page lesson sheet for anyone wanting to give drawing characters a go.

You begin with basic shapes, create eyes, noses and mouths, then mix and match the face parts to make characters. Jeanette Rowe, did a similar thing by using 2 pieces of paper. One to draw the parts and the next to trace over to make the faces.

Here are the parts I drew, cleaned up a little for a download:
My free cheat sheet for educators and parents (both sheets)

Cartooning faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download

Cartoon faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download

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Without Me – Teacher’s lesson plan and activity sheets

Teachers and medical health professionals: Please feel free to email me with any suggestions for more play activities that may compliment this book.

Download teachers notes and lesson plan for Without Me: Teachers Notes-WITHOUT-ME

Download extra children’s activity sheets below:

Lesson Goal: To illustrate how our first reactions can mislead us, how important we are to others and our actions affect others in their lives.

“A fun and engaging story that helps children explore how emotions can influence decisions. Kayleen’s playful illustrations bring the story to life…and even add another story of their own! This is a great resource for both parents and teachers to help prepare children for life’s tricky moments.”

Natasha LeBrocq
Student Welfare Officer

Buy the picture bookBetter than a superhero- children's books about Jesus

Would you like an author/illustrator visit at your school? Email your request and dates.

Radio interview YVFM with Author & Illustrator Kayleen West. Mission books.
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Book Giveaway for Children’s Book Week

Who likes free books? Who would like one of mine to celebrate Children’s Book Week?

It is easy……

1. If you are on Twitter follow me @ArtKayleenWest and tweet this click to tweet:
#childrensbookweek giveaway, Picture Book-Adoptive Father! RT for a chance to win!

2. Comment below and tell me why you would want to win a copy Adoptive Father.

3. Share my giveaway post on Facebook and invite others to enter, and if your friend wins, you will too! That is potentially dozens of chances with a couple of click.

You can have multiple chances by entering on Twitter, Facebook and here!!!

Told you it is easy. Now go for it!

At the heart of LOVE is adoption for one another. It's all about the HEART!

At the heart of LOVE is adoption for one another. It’s all about the HEART!

Free colouring printables - Jesus hugs me mobile.
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Free colouring printables – Jesus loves me mobile.

Free colouring printables

This free colouring printable: Colour in and cut out to make a mobile. Children can child draw themselves on the little person. Slip it into Jesus’ arms.

Free colouring printables - Jesus hugs me mobile.

Free colouring printables – Jesus hugs me mobile.

This free colouring printable mobile can be downloaded from the Adoptive Father’s website. Click HERE or the image to access the download.

Printer's press sheet proofs. Children's picture books.
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How Picture Books Are Made – Printing Process.

How Picture Books Are Made

Have you ever seen inside a large press and seen how picture books are made? Me neither, so I asked the printer to send me some images, and she did! How cool is that!?

It was printed in a large press in Singapore. You can see a few of the printing stages of a picture book here.

Printing process of a picture book. Adoptive Father

Printing process of a picture book

And here are the proofs I received off the press. I had to check these. The first proofs needed some adjustment, but the second lot where perfect!

Printer's press sheet proofs. Children's picture books.

Printer’s press sheet proofs. Children’s picture books.

Picture books (advanced copies arrive)

Picture books (advanced copies arrive)

 

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Search & Find Game

On every page of my book Adoptive Father, each illustration has a hidden cross.
On one special page there are 2 crosses to find; one cross is easy to find-the other is not so easy.

Did you find all the crosses?

Search and find the cross game in the picture book: Adoptive Father

Search and find the cross game in the picture book: Adoptive Father

You can find all the answers on the Adoptive Father’s answer page HERE

Free kids craft activity. Colour in and make a moving puppy.
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FREE craft activity- Make A Without Me Split Pin Puppy

The puppy in the picture book Without Me is very cute and so I had to make this split pin puppy for the kids.

Download, print and colour this activity for children on an A4 paper or card. Either use split pins for moving joints, or glue the pieces together.
Kids, you can share your creations by emailing me a photo. I may will even post it on here!

I love to see the children who enjoy the activities I make. Enjoy.

Free kids craft activity. Colour in and make a moving puppy.

Free kids craft activity. Colour in and make a moving puppy.

DOWNLOAD PDF- free-coloring-craft-for-kids-split-pin-puppy