I love facilitating workshops & visiting schools and libraries. Taking part in events is so much fun because that’s when I get to interact with children.

In my workshops I share a little about my own journey into illustration, but my biggest goal is to encourage the children to use drawing as means of self-expression, showing them that illustration is a realm of infinite possibilities, with no judgment, right or wrong.

Along with the children we explore different ways to draw, with lots of interaction and brainstorming (including some tips on how to improve their drawing skills), and drawing games. I also invite the children to share their own creations.

If you’d like me to visit your school or library or take part in your event, get in touch!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - 2019 Tarsila Krüse Workshop Information (.pdf file)


Tarsila is warm, friendly and enthusiastic. Her workshops are a great mix of chat, readings and interactive drawings! Highly recommended!
— Maedhbh Rogan McGann - Cruinniú na nÓg, Creative Ireland
Tarsila tailored the workshop for us specifically, she was extremely accommodating and pleasant to deal with, I will be booking her again in the future!
— Aoife O'Toole - dlr Mill Theatre
Tarsila’s workshop was fantastically well planned. She simplified drawing so much for the children that they were all well capable of doing the drawings and were so proud of their work! Tarsila had a great way with the children and made it realistic for them by showing pictures she drew when she was their age.
— Amy Kelly - Model School Athy
Tarsila’s workshop was hands-on and got the students engaged. She is a great demonstrator and has a very good rapport with the children. It was very age appropriate and fun for all students
— Suzanne O'Hurley - Maynooth Primary
Tarsila was great, couldn’t fault her workshop in any way. She was just that little bit different and the children loved her! She brought out the best in all of the kids, even the quiet kids, was well able to interact with the crowd and read them so well. It really was a pleasure having her in Roscommon as part of the Bookworms Festival!!
— Meliosa McIntye - Roscommon Library
“With cheerful high spirits, illustrator Tarsila Kruse led a very enjoyable and wonderfully insightful workshop at the National Gallery of Ireland. Tarsila has a natural ability to keep children engaged in the activity over the course of a workshop session. The workshop itself focused on the creation of wacky characters one might find reading an illustrated children’s book. By breaking the process down into a series of objects and shapes, Tarsila demonstrated in an easy to follow way, how characters can come into being. She invited participants to draw along with her and in the process, encouraged everyone to give their characters a personality. The session was greatly enjoyed by children, parents and grandparents alike. We would have no hesitation in hiring Tarsila again in the future. Her workshop was well prepared and delivered with great energy.”
— Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire - National Gallery of Ireland
Tarsila came highly recommended as a workshop leader and from the moment we initiated contact, Tarsila was excellent to work with. While her work as an illustrator is charming, we were delighted that she was just as good on other aspects of developing the events for Bookville Festival. The audiences greatly enjoyed the workshops and it was interesting to see how she skilfully worked with younger learners both as a sole workshop leader and as a collaborator with author Myra Zepf. We knew she’d be super as she was such an excellent and warm communicator so even work emails from Tarsila made us smile
— Ruth Mulhern - Bookville Festival Kilkenny
Tarsila’s workshop is very worthwhile. It instills and motivates children to be creative. She offers children the idea to doodle at any opportunity, carrying a sketchbook or doodle pad. Tarsila showed real books she has made and the children were very involved in the presentation as well as in creating their own little books
— Jacqui Kerr - Celbridge Primary School
Tarsila facilitated an excellent workshop, allowing each child to engage in the book-making task and choose their own topics.
Highly recommended!
— Kirstin Conroy - Robertstown Primary School
Tarsila has great engagement with the children. She has given a great explanation on the work of an illustrator and the best part of her workshop was learning how an illustrator draws!
— Bríd O'Sullivan - National Library of Ireland
Tarsila was easy to work with, she is a pleasure and the children loved her! Their favourite part of Tarsila’s workshop was drawing the aliens, together and by themselves
— Aoife Conneely - Shorelines Arts Festival, Portumna, Co. Galway
The best part of Tarsila’s drawing workshop was seeing the children interacting with her and drawing their own creations. She doesn’t bring black markers and children have to let go of their preconceived ideas for drawing. She also focuses on the process and practice; she was great working with the children individually as well as with the whole group.
— Aisling O'Reilly - Dubray StoryFest