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Lucinda Gifford: Illustrating a Favourite Poem

Session Info:

This is a lively session with plenty of audience participation, poetry readings, live drawing and a group drawing session.

The session starts with a short slideshow on what an illustrator does and examples of work. The group then pick a short poem from a hat, we read it and discuss: it is funny? hopeful? gruesome? sad? How would they illustrate it? We then look at how another illustrator has tackled the poem.

We pick other poem(s) and Lucinda illustrates this on a whiteboard/pad to audience suggestions.

The children have a go at drawing a picture for their own poem.

End with Q&A, summary and chat.

NOTE this session can be adapted to a workshop with specific materials (such as multi-media or ink techniques) if the group is smaller (ie. under 25 children)

Topics covered

  • Words and pictures
  • Feelings
  • Poetry
  • Drawing techniques


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