A whole class art and literacy workshop where Year 5 and 6 pupils make illustrated books for a younger audience. The group devise a story and create illustrations inspired by a visit by ZSL London Zoo outreach team and a Macaw, but any animal will do. The workshop is artist led and was filmed in a London school.
Key Stage:KS2 English National Curriculum: KS2 English, Year 5 and 6 Writing – Composition.
Overview: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.
A feathered celebrity pays a classroom visit. An overview of what is covered in this workshop and source of inspiration
Quick initial sketching using brightly coloured pastels. And more posing from the celeb! Drawing from life
Making a Pattern Library
Making a bank of patterns by scratching into acrylic paint. 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.
Using a set of given words as a starter for story-writing. 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.
Sketching the layout of the storybook. Tips on planning your page spreads
Gutter space explained. How to make collage images using cut-out shapes. Creating the images for the story
Binding the pages. Putting the pages and covers together
Stitching the book. 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.
Reflecting on the process and finished storybooks. Feedback on the activity,