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How to Draw a Magpie

As many of you would know, the Magpie is the symbol of our Australian Children’s Laureate. 


So, we are thrilled to share a fabulous ACLF resource – HOW TO DRAW A MAGPIE!


This exciting download has been created by illustrator Andrew Joyner, and contains step by step instructions on how you can create your very own Laureate Magpie. Andrew also created the 2020 side of our Laureate calendar (you can get your copy of the calendar HERE).


Best of all … the exciting resource is FREE to use and download.

Why not give drawing a magpie a go following Andrew’s suggestions. Maybe you can even write a little Magpie story to go with your new pictures. 

We’d love to see what you create.


Send your pictures to

The front page of Andrew Joyner's download that has a dancing magpie on it with the words "How to draw a magpie" above it.
Sketch of a magpie singing.
A page of the download showing different actions the magpie drawing could do.
A page of the download showing how to draw a magpie holding books.
The first page of Andrew Joyner's download. It has the thing someone will need to draw a magpie.
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