Type of Artist:
Author, illustrator, artist
Reading and related craft activity sessions for younger pupils, talks on my work, crafts for older pupils.
Stop motion animation and photography as workshops for the illustration side of my work. (if schools have access to cameras/ipads)
DetailsPreferred age range:
Any. 5-9 works best for the story/activity, but love working with teenagers too.
Maximum number in any one session:
Fully flexible with the school for what they want but I find single class size for reading/activity session with teacher assistance; 15 if on my own doing crafts works well. Happy to do assembly sized talk.
No of sessions per day:
Flexible with what the school wants as long as there are breaks for coffee and to eat plus time for signing, Happy to do training session with teachers afterwards too.
Depends on age and what the school wants. Can do a 20 min story and chat or hour reading and craft activity or a whole morning with one class.
Areas prepared to travel to:
Anywhere if overnight accommodation is met. Half days available within 60 miles of Monmouth.
Car at 40p per mile or train, depends on location. Travel costs included for local (within 50 miles) of Monmouth.
Please email us for details
PLI held and enhanced DBS.
Karin Celestine's website page
Bertram likes to Sew (March 2018)
Small Finds A Home
Paper Boat for Panda
Honey for Tea
Finding your Place
A Small Song
"Honey for tea" was the story we were treated to and the children were mesmerised from the off. After the story, we made alder cone honey bee's which delighted the children. We then all went outside with the simple instruction "to find things that your bees might like."
The conversations and observations the children made were wonderful to observe. The delight as they found various flowers and colours that they had never noticed around the school grounds before, but we're now so obvious now they had their buzzy bee!
The conversation from a group of boys about how bees make honey from the flowers and how we should plant more, all this from a simple yet such effective activity.break] After break, we planted seeds which the children took home. We completed the morning with Karin's third book
"A paper boat for panda." The children were desperate to make the paper boats from the story so after Karin's visit, we followed the instructions from the back of the story and each made our own!
The children loved their morning with Karin, the children were engaged throughout and the messages through her stories cover so many important topics for children. The books have enthused my class and myself. We just can't wait for the next lot of books!”
“In the run up to this event Karin has been extremely helpful and interesting; supplying us with the information we need to be able to talk about the books and their underlying themes to the many teachers and parents who come in to the shop; in effect she has supplied us with very valuable teaching notes.”
“The children listened with rapt attention to the story reading – we take particular note of authors who are great at reading aloud their own work, as this is a skill quite different from being able to write! Karin reads aloud with great expression and sensitivity.
“She instructed the children clearly and with enormous patience, often folding and unfolding repeatedly so the children could see exactly how the shapes were changing. The emphasis was on them understanding the process well enough to be able to do it themselves; although help was always given to those who asked for it.”
“The children in the sessions were visibly inspired and didn’t want to leave.”
Karin Celestine's Amazon site