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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Picture Book

In our after school Art club at Pelham School we have been working on a picture book about birds.

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At Pelham each class is named after a bird which was Veena’s starting point for the project.


The children began by cutting bird shapes from Wax resist papers they had made in a previous session. Click here for more details: Beautiful Birds from Wax Resist Papers

IMG_0974They researched different birds; how they move, feed, fly and what they sound like.

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Lots of drawings were made.DSC_0166

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The next stage was to begin developing a storyline, this was done in groups.

DSC_0211 DSC_0219Lots of cut-outs were made using colour copies of the wax resist papers made in earlier sessions.


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The pages of the stories began to emerge, collage, drawing and writing were combined into mixed media pages.


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Little pop-up techniques began to be spontaneously incorporated.

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As the sessions developed Veena encouraged the children to refine their storyline and they looked at authors like Eric Carle who developed stores using similar cut-out techniques.

DSC_0247 DSC_0245Annabel Johnson (Children’s Art School director) came in for one session to look at collage techniques, developing characters and backdrops in a session on Curious Creatures (click for more details)


I was struck by how much the work reminded me of another artist Hanna Hoch (1889-1979) who worked in the medium of collage and wrote her own picture book for children in 1945. See the images and poems below. I shared these with the children for more inspiration.


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Gradually the books came together ready to be shared and taken home.

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