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Quentin Blake World of Hats

November 22, 2018

The current exhibition of Quentin Blake’s drawings of surreal hats at The Jerwood Gallery is a gift for teachers. It’s a delightful starting point for fantastically playful writing and drawing activities to engage the whole class.

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One of Blake’s Hat drawings from the show

I worked with year 4 children at Rye Primary Academy at the exhibition. I asked them to simply begin by copying one of the drawings and then add their own ideas to complete the picture. They could invent a name, add the character’s home, pets, thoughts, speech, and to perhaps imagine the moment before and after the moment in the image.

The children loved the art and the activity and could have done the activity for hours but we had a short 90 minute session with lots of other things to do.

I think the exhibition works so well because Blake’s images are immediately approachable but leave masses of space- both pictorial and imaginative- for the children’s own daydreams.

The children made a fantastic storehouse of ideas for poems, stories and further art work. A complete delight!

It made me think that specifically child-friendly exhibitions are a great idea.

Head along to the exhibition until January- and perhaps take a look at my mural outside the studio at the gallery!

 

Some of the Children’s Drawings

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I think Mr Apples is my favourite!

…and here’s a taste of my mural:

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Waggiest Tails Launch: Films!

February 15, 2018

It was the launch of ‘The Waggiest Tails’ last Saturday. It’s a lovely book of poems written by dogs. Poets Brian Moses and Roger Stevens gave the dogs a helping hand in writing the poems and I illustrated. The launch took place at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare  and much fun was had by all- especially my dog Dixie as it was her birthday and she thought it was a big party for her.

I made some films of the performances. I adapted my song ‘What Would You Do if A Bear Was Chasing You’ for the occasion. I realised the names of dog breeds are often poetry in themselves…

Here’s Roger doing ‘Dancing Friends’ by Charlie The Chihuahua!

…and here’s Charlie doing his thing:

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Brian did Olive and Flo’s autobiographical poem ‘Security Dogs’, with a Cajon groove:

Olive and Flo  enjoyed the performance:

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