Costume Makes the Character

Costume Makes the CharacterIt’s my great privilege this week to be working as Writer-in-Residence at Charlie Lake Elementary in Fort St. John. I’ve been having great fun teaching my “Costume Makes the Character” workshop.

This is a workshop I developed with fellow author Kallie George. We get students to take a simple mouse character and then imagine it in three different roles. The students “costume” the template character either by tracing and re-drawing the mouse, or—for the younger, primary students—by simply colouring in the costumes. Finally, the kids then write a story about the life and times of the mouse, explaining how the whiskery little character came to inhabit three different roles.

It’s great fun and I never ceased to be amazed by the students’ creativity. I wish I could show EVERY mouse drawing I’ve seen this week, but here’s just a smattering of them . . .










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