Type of Artist:
Petr has experience entertaining audiences of all ages: from tiny children to groups of adults.
He delivers highly visual talks with readings of his picture books and shows illustrations, sketches for his books as well showing how he develops his ideas.
A typical school visit will consist of a book talk and then lead on to a collaborative mural workshop.
The collaborative workshop, for approximately 50 pupils, could be based on characters from his book. Eg a workshop based on “Silly Suzy Goose”.
Suzy is a goose, which wants to be different from the other geese. She wants to run as fast as an ostrich, wants to be as tall as a giraffe, swim as fast as a seal and so on.
Petr would provide an image of Suzy Goose, for example riding an elephant. Children would then make their own pictures of animals doing something unusual, for example a horse on a skateboard, a fish on a bicycle, a zebra in the colours of a rainbow and so on. He would then collage the children’s drawings onto the picture.
The workshop itself may take between an hour and half to two hours. I will also need at least an hour and half for the preparation first thing in the morning.
DetailsPreferred age range:
Any age depending on type of session.
The picture books are for younger children 1-10. But I have experience talking to and working with teenagers, students of illustration and adults.
No of sessions per day:
3, two talks in the morning and a workshop in the afternoon is the usual arrangement.
45-60 minutes for talks; afternoon for workshops, plus time for signing afterwards
Areas prepared to travel to:
Anywhere if overnight expenses are covered.
Train, or car if within 60 miles of Worcester @40p per mile
Please email us for details
Hold PLI (public liability insurance):
CRB (5 years old)
Petr Horacek's website
THE GREEDY GOAT
THE MOUSE WHO REACHED THE SKY
THE MOUSE WHO ATE THE MOON
SILLY SUZY GOOSE
A NEW HOUSE FOR MOUSE
LOOK OUT SUZY GOOSE
WHEN THE MOON SMILED
“It is such a rarity to find an author so sensitive to the needs of such young children. They visibly blossom when Petr interacts with them. He makes every child feel the most special child in the room.”
Head teacher of Portway Infant School, Andover
We have had three events with Petr now and we have been thrilled with the day every time!
He has been flexible in adapting the content of the event to suit what we would like and nothing is too much trouble.
The children absolutely loved the events. The talk at the beginning of the workshop was wonderful and Petr was very patient when helping the children during the activities. The standard of work that they produce with his support was very impressive.
We would love to have another event with Petr next year and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his workshops to other schools.
Kate Enefer , Rowan Prep School, Surrey.
Petr was a joy to work with, both for the adults and children involved. He read his stories with enthusiasm and a great awareness of his audience (and their humour and attention spans!), and then introduced some wonderfully creative and accessible activities to inspire further discussion, storytelling and writing. Highly recommended to all.
Anna Tooms , Year 2 Class teacher, The Rowans, Wimbledon
''Wow, what a fabulous morning with Petr Horacek.
Our children from 3 to 7 years were truly inspired by his stories and illustrations. Even our 3yr olds returned to nursery enthused to write, saying 'I want to write a story like Mr Horacek'.
The mural produced collaboratively with our 3-4 yr olds is stunning, with a piece of artwork from every child. Both their observational drawing skills, and use of colour with oil pastels, were most certainly enhanced that day and the story of Suzy Goose has been brought to life. Thank-you Petr for giving all our children such a wonderful experience''.
The Kings School, Worcester
Petr Horacek's Amazon site