IT'S not often that kids in Muswellbrook get the chance to learn form a British-born, highly regarded illustrator, but that was just the case on Thursday.
Liz Anelli made a special appearance at the Muswellbrook Arts Centre as part of a mono-print drawing workshop.
With limited spots it is no surprise they were quickly booked out very quickly, and the Newcastle-based artist was pleased to be working with children so eager to learn.
"When you have somebody that goes in and shares their experience in the industry it's really great, and they share my enthusiasm," she said.
"And kids are great because they're willing to draw, whereas adults are a little more sheepish about it."
The benefit the participants can get out of an event like this was also highlighted.
"It's a small group and they've elected to come and it's really great to meet someone who actually does this stuff for a living," said Anelli.
"I go into schools and I always love that interaction with kids when they see I am the person who makes the books they have in their library.
"When I was a kid we didn't have things like this and I wanted to write stories and draw things but I didn't realise you could actually do it as a job."
With people the quality of Anelli helping Muswellbrook's youth bring out their best artistic talents, there are sure to be some future illustrators coming through the local ranks.
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