Illustrated Book Workshop
KS2 English
National Curriculum: KS2 English, Year 5 and 6 Writing – Composition..

Learning Objectives
Pupils should be taught:
To plan their writing by:

identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing

selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary in writing narratives

considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed


Suggested Classroom Activity

The nine films show how the group we worked with created an illustrated book telling a story inspired by contact with and life drawing of, an animal. In this case the animal was a Macaw from ZSL London Zoo but any other animal will do.

The workshop was delivered over two days by artist Jane Porter with a group of Year 6 pupils. We suggest you break the workshop into two sessions as this allows the pattern sheets created with acrylic paint to fully dry.

Video 1. Introduction

An overview of what is covered in this workshop and source of inspiration

Video 2. Sketching
Drawing from life

Video 3. Pattern library
Creating textured sheets with acrylic paint

Jane uses acrylic paint as part of this workshop and old clothes are advised for this part of the process.

Video 4.
The group receive words to help their story along.

In clip 4 you will see that the group using words supplied on printed sheets. We recommend you allow your class to also write additional words to improve the flow of their storylines using the preprinted words as inspiration for stories and sentences only.

Video 5. Planning sheet
Tips on planning your page spreads

Video 6. Collage
Creating the images for the story

Video 7. Binding the book
Putting the pages and covers together

Video 8. Stitching
Sewing the book together

The stitching section involves making a hole through the layers of paper and card with a bradawl or other sharp implement. This is best done by an adult.
Video 9. Teacher’s view
Feedback on the activity, from a teacher.

Development Activity

Using our interactive activity Picturebookmaker pupils can create their own childrens picture book and send the results to a friend or print.

You can also show the pupils the work of Sarah Dyer on Culture Street who draws animals at ZSL London Zoo. Follow this link and go to the techniques section

Research, Notes and Links
Nine films

Illustrated Book workshop page

Download lesson notes here

We now supply kits for some of the workshops featured on Culture Street. We are currently developing an illustrated book workshop kit which has all the materials you would need to deliver this workshop with a class of 30 pupils.

Go to our shop to buy this kit