Creative Education

As a scientist, artist, writer and graphic recorder I use my skills and experience to work with kids, students, youth, teachers, educators and professionals to offer what I term ‘Creative Education‘. I literally ‘draw upon’ my research, professional experiences and the Australian Curriculum to provide visual stories and advice into STEM-related learning and activities — where I enthusiastically put the “A” into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTs and Mathematics) and live a life of ESTEAMME (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Maker Education)! I use a range of creative thinking and learning approaches in classrooms to engage with as many students as possible. You can ‘sea’ more of my creative education, communication and mentoring initiatives and activities via the following pages:

Dr Suzie Starfish

I have always been drawn to the ocean and through my alter ego Dr Suzie Starfish I share my marine science and art storytelling via information and illustration to inspire the imagination and promote the wonders of our underwater world. Dr Suzie Starfish visits schools and holds workshops to promote the art and science of our Living Oceans. I strongly believe that our children are our future ocean stewards so through my Living Oceans Program Dr Suzie Starfish aims to bring the wonders of the ocean indoors and into classrooms — through Creative Education. Further information about my oceans program can be viewed via Schools and my Workshops.


 Follow Dr Suzie Starfish’s marine art-science storytelling here

*Please note: I have the current Working with Children Blue Cards for both Queensland and Western Australia and all artworks and images are Copyright © 2017 Dr Sue Pillans

to find out how you can have Dr Suzie Starfish visit you.


Working with Schools I’m so fortunate to get the opportunity to work with school students and their dedicated teachers using Creative Education. Through my alter ego Dr Suzie Starfish I bring the Living Oceans into the classroom and use science, art and creative thinking to engage the students with the wonders of our underwater world. This is … Continue reading Schools


Engaging kids of ALL ages in the wonders of our oceans through ‘Creative Learning‘ is one of my biggest joys. As my alter ego Dr Suzie Starfish I bring the Living Oceans indoors and into classrooms so kids and the community get an opportunity to learn, live and love the oceans through interactive and creative activities. My … Continue reading Workshops

Sketchnote your Science

I use Sketchnotes in Schools to help students and teachers to visualise SCIENCE. Sketchnotes are visual notes created from a mixture of hand-drawn words and pictures which can include visual elements of typography, shapes and lines. Drawing is thinking so this technique helps to make learning and science visual. Because…“When you draw you remember more!” … Continue reading Sketchnote your Science

Art of STEM

Living my life with ESTEAMME As a scientist, artist and graphic recorder I am living a life of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTs and Mathematics) BUT I also run my own small business, so as an Entrepreneur I am proudly living my life with ESTEAMME (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Maker Education)! You can see … Continue reading Art of STEM


Living life with ESTEAMME After a diverse career in marine research, Government and University I am now living my dreams and living my life with ESTEAMME, literally: Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Maker Education. I am passionate about creative education, sharing my professional experiences and helping others to turn something they love into something they live. I believe that the connections … Continue reading ESTEAMME

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