children's workshops

Waterlees Words Festival!

On Saturday I went to Orchards school in Wisbech to join in with the Waterlees Words Festival. It was a fantastic day for children with lots of book-related activities including mine which was all about creating an animal alphabet. The children came up with suggestions of animals for me to draw, which I did – after a fashion… When we had filled a new page with a particular letter it was the children’s turn to help colour them in to create our alphabet display. Over the course of the day we made it all the way through to O so we did pretty well! I hope the children of Orchards will take up the gauntlet and finish the alphabet – I’m afraid they get left with the tricky letters such as X, Y and Z but I sure they are up to the challenge!

The one day festival was a great success and a very fun day out. It was wonderful for me to meet pop-up artist Robert Crowther (I still have a very beloved copy of his Animal A-Z from my childhood – obviously it made a big impact…) and to see again storyteller Andy Hawkins and children’s book illustrator Steve Smallman. Special thanks too to Richard, Sue and Nicola! Here are some highlights from Saturday’s drawing:

Highlights!
Highlights!

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Animal Alphabet at Heffers

On Saturday Nicola Killen and I held a workshop at Heffers children’s bookshop in Cambridge with the aim to create an animal alphabet to put on display in the shop. It was a lot of ¬†fun for us as we took turns leading the drawing and then the colouring and collage. The children did a fantastic job coming up with a stream of brilliant ideas and brand new colours and patterns for animals we all thought were sort of brownish(!) Together with our many helpers we managed to get all the way through to N – pretty good work I think!

A and B
Alligators and Bears!
Collaging
H
The hog that’s all heart…
Colouring B
I like that dragon…
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Histon Library visit

A few weeks ago I paid a visit to Histon Library to do a colouring workshop with some of the children from the village. I drew big line drawings of some of the characters from my books such as Bertie from Ready, Steady, Ghost! and Evie and Ping from Ping! The children coloured and collaged until we had some lovely work to decorate the library with! Here is the Bertie-ghost picture we made together:

Before….
…and after!

I particularly like the way you can see through Bertie to the footprints beyond! Nice work.