These popular workshops encourage reading for pleasure and concentration, teach art skills and develop the imagination. They are suitable for children with learning difficulties, and can be used to support the Arts Award. Available in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey and East Sussex. Sessions can be adapted to suit your needs and cover age groups from reception to teen.

Comics Workshops (up to 30 children)

  • Themes: Create Your Own Hero, Myths and Legends, Ancient Greece/Egypt/Rome, Kings & Queens, Tudors, Aesop’s Fables, Chinese New Year, Dragons, Fairy Tales, Beano and Diary.
  • We look at examples of comics and graphic novels.
  • The group learn to draw a character step-by-step following my example.
  • We brainstorm for ideas then create original characters.
  • After more discussion we create comic strips.
  • I offer support, encouragement and tips throughout the session.

Comics Workshops (suitable for larger groups)

  • Using a PowerPoint presentation I show the children how I create characters, from rough sketch to finished artwork.
  • We look at a variety of graphic novels.
  • We brainstorm for ideas then create original characters.
  • After more discussion we create comic strips.
  • I offer support, encouragement and tips throughout the session.

Picture Book Workshops (suitable for larger groups)

  • These can be based on a picture book the group are already studying.
  • Using a PowerPoint presentation I show the children how I create picture books, from storyboard to rough drawings to finished page.
  • We look at picture book examples to demonstrate simplicity of text and line, and fun use of the picture book format.
  • We brainstorm for ideas then create original characters.
  • After more discussion we create a picture book storyboard.
  • As an option the group can start work on a picture book with a pre-made template.
  • I offer support, encouragement and tips throughout the session.

Illustration Workshops

  • Themes: Roald Dahl, Kate Greenaway Medal, Myths and Legends, Ancient Greece/Egypt/Rome, Kings & Queens, Tudors, Aesop’s Fables, Chinese New Year, Dragons, Fairy Tales.
  • Made up of elements from my comics and picture book workshops or designed to suit your needs.

What’s provided?

  • I come in half an hour early to set up. I provide books for inspiration, black fine line pens, HB pencils, rubbers and sharpeners.
  • I require either PowerPoint facilities or a flipchart and plenty of A4 paper. I email comic strip or storyboard templates to be printed.
  • I run the workshop either alone or with some assistance from staff depending on numbers. I am CRB checked and registered with the DBS Update Service.
  • Fees vary depending on how many workshops are booked during a day and the distance I will need to travel. Sessions usually last 1 hr – 1 hr 30 mins. To discuss a possible workshop, please contact me.

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