After studying Graphic Design
at Sydney College of the Arts, Louise Pfanner became a freelance illustrator,
designing children's fabrics and clothes and illustrating for various
magazines. Her first two books, Louise Builds a House
(1987) and Louise Builds a Boat (1988) enjoyed considerable
success and she has since illustrated a number of books for the ABC
and written for Playschool. She has written and illustrated
Town Mouse and Country Mouse and Little Red
Hen, both released in 1997, and she also illustrated Playschool's
The Green Book. Her successes in Australia lead to
the opportunity to illustrate two books for the US market, Pokey
Mouse and The Moose and the Fly. Louise's
most recent publications are Our School Fete (with
Kim Gamble) and Little Lucie's Diary,
both published late 2004.
Louise has wide experience
in every aspect of children's books - as an illustrator, a writer, a
bookseller and as a regular book reviewer for Sydney's Child. She has
an MA in Children's Literature and is an inveterate reader and collector
of children's books. She lives on Sydney's northern beaches with her
husband and some of her four sons.
Louise enjoys talking about
illustration and writing to infants and primary students. In her school
talks she likes to discuss the illustration process, showing all the
steps along the way from rough sketches and mistakes as well as the
finished art. She draws for her audiences and also likes to include
the students in this process. Louise is also available for art workshops
and has participated in a number of enrichment programs.
One teacher commented "...
a great mix of talking, hands on, drawing, questions ... " and
another said "... fantastic person to have to talk about both writing
and illustrating. She interacted so well with each class and the reaction
was, "We wish you could come every week!"
Feedback from Louise's school
her audience captivated ... presentation good ... showed processes
involved ... involved
the children ... and enjoyable experience."
"Had audience captivated, presentation good, showed processes involved
and engaged the children. An enjoyable experience."
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