Kim Michelle Toft
Kim Toft is a full time marine artist, author, illustrator and publisher of environmental children's books. She has always lived by the sea and been a keen marine environmentalist. Her books portray vibrant underwater worlds and ecological coastal habitats depicted on hand-painted silk. Through her painting and award winning books, she highlights the importance of conservation of our fragile oceans and the coastal habitats which support them. You can view her amazing silks here.
Kim is an experienced presenter of both workshops and talks and regularly demonstrates her amazing silk painting technique to students of all ages.
One of Kim's earlier books called Recipe For Perfect Planet Pie includes a glossary at the back and a list of suggestions that we can all easily follow to help us reduce, re-use and recycle. The detail in each painting is incredible and the colours are truly breath-taking. Recipe for Perfect Planet Pie is a beautiful book with a very important message.
Tic Tock, What's Up Croc?
Kim's latest book, Tick Tock, What's Up Croc is a stunning 40 page picture information book by this multi award winning illustrator and author. Illustrated with hand painted silks, the effect is truly amazing with its jewelled texture giving a 3D appearance. Written in two parts, the book begins as a poem that also appears on a wall chart and ends with 10 pages of crocodile facts. Spend a day in the life of a prehistoric predator — the saltwater crocodile. Meander through poetic text to find out why this resilient reptile has withstood the test of time and truly is the last of the mighty dinosaurs.
- stunning hand painted silk illustrations
- text is written as a poem and features on the wall chart
- full colour wall chart 225mm x 750mm
- 10 pages of child friendly information in the back of the book
There are three options for School Workshops.
You can have a combination of options on each day with a maximum of three sessions, except Option 3 *see note.
Option 1 - DEMONSTRATION AND BOOK ACTIVITIES
SUITABLE: K- Year 7
DOUBLE CLASS SIZE: (approximately 60 children)
DURATION: 1 hour session. Maximum of 3 x 1 hour sessions per day.
CONTENT: I do a series of 5–10 minute activities around each book, including; drama, reciting, quick question and answer re environment and story reading. I bring ½ dozen original silk paintings/ illustrations with me. I also demonstrate how silk painting is done by painting one fish per group of students. The school has the option to buy this original 70 x 90 cm silk for cost price. Each child receives a bookmark at the end of the session.
Option 2 - ONE BIG COLLABORATIVE PAINTING
SUITABLE: Years 5-7
ONE CLASS SIZE: (approximately 30 children) Children are divided into three groups of 10. I provide a creative writing/illustration activity with the two groups that are not directly painting on the silk. Each group rotates each ½ hour.
DURATION: 1½ hour session
CONTENT: The children work on one piece of silk approx 1.5m x 1m, which the school keeps. As outlined above, each group of 30 is divided into 3 groups and teachers work with the other two groups with a creative writing activity, while one group works with me on the silk.
Option 3 - INDIVIDUAL PAINTING
SUITABLE: Years 5, 6 & 7 only
CLASS SIZE: Maximum 12 students
DURATION: 2½ hours* If this session is chosen I can only do one of these sessions plus one Option 1.
CONTENT: Each student produces their own individual painting, (approximately 45cm squared) which they get to keep.
Kim created a wonderful atmosphere, surrounding the children with her original silk paintings and books. The children were genuinely captivated by her presentation and were keen to question her about her work.
St Pius X Catholic Primary School - August, 2017St Pius X Catholic Primary School - August, 2017Kim Michelle Toft
Your visit was wonderful.
The students are continually borrowing/reading your books.
They are looking forward to receiving your finished painting.
Kim Michelle Toft - Australian International School, Malaysia, May, 2016Kim Michelle Toft - Australian International School, Malaysia, May, 2016Kim Michelle Toft
Kim's artistic style is a wonderful way to promote reading, art and her books. She is a wonderful presenter.
Kim Michelle Toft - St. MaryKim Michelle Toft - St. MaryKim Michelle Toft
Zillmere Library hosted Kim Toft during book week and she was fantastic! Kim met expectations and exceeded them. She created such an amazing space with her artwork within the library and the workshop was captivating and interesting. Both schools who attended were very impressed with the workshop presented and the kids were really involved throughout the event.
Kim Michelle Toft - Zillmere Library, Book Week, August, 2013.Kim Michelle Toft - Zillmere Library, Book Week, August, 2013.Kim Michelle Toft
Kim Michelle Toft was great with the children and the whole presentation was beautiful to look at, interesting and fun.
I have already recommended her to other T/Ls.
Kim Michelle Toft - St. JosephKim Michelle Toft - St. JosephKim Michelle Toft