I am writing to thank you for your recommendation of Sarah Davis for our Writers in Residence program. Yesterday Sarah delivered the last of her workshops and we were very sad to see her go. Sarah has an intuitive sense and ability to ascertain what students need and is quick to adjust her workshops for their benefit. The students have gained a deeper understanding of visual media in workshops which allowed for divergent thinking and the free flow of creativity. Sarah’s calm, friendly demeanour and her open dialogue with students about how to develop their skills made the workshops particularly valuable.
— Myvanwy Carr, Pymble Ladies College
We had such an inspiring and enjoyable day with you. It really was a highlight of the year so far.
— Jean Saxby, Galston PS

I regularly give talks and workshops to all ages, from infants to adults. My sessions are lively, silly, interactive and stimulating. I'm just as comfortable singing songs, imitating animals and acting like an idiot with preK as I am discussing how to harness the power of the formal elements of art to create visual narratives with year twelve.  I was a secondary school teacher before I began illustrating, so am very comfortable managing and engaging large groups of students. 

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Why are author/ illustrator visits so valuable?

  • They are proven to improve literacy, generate spontaneous reading, and encourage even reluctant readers
  • They provide valuable enrichment and stimulation with links to key areas of the curriculum
  •  They forge a lifelong connection to writing and reading
  • They promote lateral thinking, empathy, critical analysis, and creativity
  • They demystify the creative process and motivate students to take creative risks
The incredible Sarah Davis spent 6 hours at our school and inspired so many kids. The difference in the way students draw and interpret in such a short time is unbelievable. I’m the lucky one on the end of the email with about 80 parents sending messages today about how great yesterday was for their kids.
— Bronwyn Tregenza, head of Core Learning, Oxley College
I am writing to you as my child is in year 2 at Hunter Valley Grammar School and was so taken by your presentation. It was also the topic of conversation on the sideline at soccer on the weekend between the parents and it appears that there are many students who are now considering being an illustrator when they grow up!
— Parent, Hunter Valley Grammar School
Yesterday our school was fortunate to have illustrator Sarah Davis visit and speak with our K-2 students. Sarah was a delight and engaged the students with her excellent presentation - and of course - wonderful illustrations. I would highly recommend her to any school planning activities for Book Week. By the end of the day, word of Sarah’s excellence had spread throughout a school and we had a Year 10 class visit as well as teachers and other staff members who had a few spare minutes to see Sarah and her work.
— Hunter Valley Grammar School
Thank you Gabrielle and Sunay for including the Visual Arts students in the inspiring Illustration workshops run by Sarah Davis! Her imagination and creative flair was contagious on the day and is still alive and well in our art students. Sarah is incredibly prolific and her secret to success, I believe, is in the variety of styles and media she uses for each new book. Never boring! The Year 7 classes can’t stop talking about her talent and the talent she has brought out in their work!”
— Arden Anglican School

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