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