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Kids school and holiday art clubs

How to be a Visual Storyteller – day 1

Illustrator Amy Pennington joined us once more to run our popular illustration course. Here is Amy during the warm up – demonstrating a drawing activity.


…and helping them to visualise characteristics! (sorry Amy…couldn’t resist!)


The children warmed up bodies and fingers with a few activities.



We began with a collaborative drawing exercise where we all drew each other without letting our pencil leave the page…its harder than it looks!

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We then drew each other in pairs.

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Then cut our drawings in half and joined them back together to create a new character.

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We went on to discuss new characters and their characteristics! Using the illustrations from Alice in Wonderland to help us!

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We brainstormed a character – Its greatest fears, likes,  dislikes and gave it a name.


We made a quick sketch…

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We began by developing its head using collage.

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Then worked on the body using paint…

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Finally the characters were edited down into a simple A4 line drawing. We will use these characters to start developing stories tomorrow.

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We ended the day by playing with the pieces of the characters….moving them around to create even more fantabulous creatures!






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