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 workshops are based on the art of marine science and storytelling and cover the many wonders of our Blue Planet through a range of creative learning techniques from:

  • Creative STEM activities about ocean issues, such as marine debris/plastic pollution
  • Shark Art to tag along with marine megafauna
  • Using words and pictures to create sea-science stories
  • Joining my ‘sea friends’ in story writing and storytelling
  • Sketchnoting your science

Below is a list of workshops that I hold or present at throughout the year, so dive in and make a splash with me! Please Contact me if you would like further information about my Workshops and if you would like Dr Suzie Starfish to visit your school or centre.


2018 Workshops to be announced soon…

“Under the Sea”

Dr Suzie Starfish and Mermaid Michelle, award-winning children’s author Michelle Worthington, hold “Under the Sea” writing workshops with a difference! Designed for children of all abilities who have an interest in making up stories and learning about science, these workshops are an interactive experience with storytelling, story writing and STEM activities. Children are encouraged to dress up and join in the fun with the hour-long session to engage children in creative thinking and arts and crafts Under the Sea. We will be wearing our ocean outfits and we can’t wait to “sea” you at our next workshop (upcoming workshops will appear below soon…).


You can find out more about my kids picture book writing and illustrating at my Picture books.

“Children’s Author & Illustrator Seminar”

I was delighted to be one of the presenters at the Children’s Author and Illustrator Seminar, as part of the Share your Story 2017 series of professional development workshops, hosted by Michelle Worthington. I shared my story of becoming a published kids picture book author/illustrator of science stories of the sea – via live sketchnoting! As you can ‘sea’ from the photos we had  great day together sharing our stories!


You can find out more about my kids picture book writing and illustrating at my Picture books.

“Sketchnote your Science”

I hold Sketchnote your Science workshops in schools for students and teachers (but not limited to schools or educators) to help visualise SCIENCE and learning. 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!”. Workshops are tailor-made to the school (aligned to the Australian Curriculum), group and topic.

From time to time I am also invited to share my Sketchnote your Science experiences online. For example I was honoured to host an International Sketchnote Hangout (#29) to talk to the sketchnote community and educators about my experiences and journey to “Sketchnote your Science in Schools“, which you can see more at Sketchnote Hangouts.


You can find out more about this VISUAL learning technique at my Sketchnote your science.

“MeetUps to Sketchnote”

I love an opportunity to share what I do with others, particularly in a social situation where people can talk, share and ‘draw out’ their ideas. As one of my goals is to be part of and support Creative Collaborations I decided to hold my first Drink & Draw in Brisbane to help people “Picture their goals” for 2017. And what a great night we had with plenty of pens, paper, iPads and a few drinks = some great sketchnoting and a lot of laughs! Stay tuned for details of my next Drink & Draw MeetUp and please Contact me if you are interested having me host a social Sketchnoting MeetUp for work or play.

if you would like to attend or engage me for a creative Workshop.

*Please note my images, content and graphics need to be attributed to me and remain unaltered unless written permission is given as all graphics, content and images are Copyright © 2018 Dr Sue Pillans