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How to be a Visual Storyteller- day 2

This half term we have been working with a great bunch of children of mixed ages in our Visual Storytelling course with Illustrator Amy Pennington.


On day one children developed  amazing new characters in groups which they took on new adventures in day 2.

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We began day 2 with some more warm up exercises. We played a game called pass the face; exploring the emotions and expressions our characters might need.

DSC_0701We then warmed up our drawing fingers by drawing a setting described by Amy using both hands at the same time. This helps slow us down and concentrate on our drawing…and creates interesting effects.

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Following this we worked in pairs as illustrator and storyteller, taking it in turns to tell and illustrate a story quickly on strips of paper.

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DSC_0747Some fun little stories emerged!

The next stage was to plan out an idea for our main adventure. We had multiple copies of all the characters developed on day one and worked in groups to plan an idea.

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Amy modelled a simple story – beginning, middle and end.


We then got to work mapping out scene one. We had a variety of tools and materials to choose from. The children were given a great amount of freedom to choose and work as they wished. Collage, oil pastels, watercolour pencils, charcoal.

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The opening scenes took shape…can you guess what is happening or make up your own?


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Soon they were working on the middle and endings to their stories. Adults circulated, chatting to them about their ideas and helping them when they hit brick walls – which wasn’t very often!


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There was a busy buzz of creativity in the room all afternoon.

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Once all the stories were complete we told them to each other and laid out an impressive exhibition of work for our parents.

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We hope you had a great experience with us and are now buzzing with new tales to tell and impress your teachers when you are back at school!

Hope to see you at Easter when we have a young architecture practice coming to work with us on todays of Collaborative design and build! click the link for more details – its going to be great!

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