My comics and illustration workshops have the power to engage pupils with writing, character creation and drawing, and can be designed to tie in with curriculum topics of your choice.
- Age range Early Years – KS5
- Suitable for schools, SEND settings and other arts & cultural settings
- London and the surrounding areas
‘It was great to hear from both the children and the other teachers about how much they enjoyed the sessions and how impressed they were with what the children drew. The children came back to classes so enthused about the opportunity to turn their characters into a comic strip, and they have continued to be excited and engaged with it across the school this week. Thanks again for such a wonderful experience for the children.’ Iain McGowan, Writing Lead, Pickhurst Infant Academy, West Wickham.
Choose from comics, illustration or picture book workshops with optional curriculum themes such as heroes and villains, myths and legends, Stone Age, Space, Fairy Tales or a topic of your choice. I also provide sessions for World Book Day and literacy/arts weeks.
Typical session elements include showing the group my portfolio and demonstrating how I create characters. Introducing them to some inspiring illustrated fiction then teaching them to draw a character step-by-step. I take the group through the fundamentals of character creation, then support them in creating original characters and either comic strips or picture book plans.
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Please contact me with your booking query for more information and pricing. A discounted rate is available for full day bookings, which can include an assembly and workshops with different year groups and topics. I include printable resources such as planning and evaluation sheets for pupils, comic templates and guidance notes for teachers. I am on the DBS update service and I have Public Liability insurance.
I’m also an Arts Award Adviser and an Artsmark partner. Information on my Artsmark provision can be found here.
I have developed a CPD workshop in partnership with Artswork which supports teachers to bring curriculum topics to life using character, comic and picture book creation. Please contact me if you would like to discuss these sessions for your setting, and see the links at the foot of the page for more info.
Read the post I wrote for A New Direction 10 Tips for Teachers: drawing projects to enhance curriculum topics link
‘What I really enjoyed was the level of challenge that followed the introductory task. Everyone was fully engaged and seemed to gain confidence as the session progressed. There was a very happy, industrious atmosphere in the room.’ Naomi James, Teacher, Old Palace Preparatory School , Croydon.
‘Poverest Primary School had the fantastic opportunity of having Emily with us for a week where she taught our children the art of creating comic strips. She guided and supported the children through the process using resources which we were given before the workshops commenced. These resources were clear and concise giving us, the teachers, plenty of material to work with so that the children were fully prepared for their workshops. Emily adapted the workshops to suit the age and ability of the class. We were impressed with how she delivered the workshops and her skills and knowledge she brought to the classroom. We would highly recommend Emily and she is returning next year to work with us again.’ Elisa Irwin, Poverest Primary School, St Mary Cray, Kent.
My workshops are listed on the following sites (click for links)
Organisations I’ve provided workshops for