Thursday, 23 January 2014

Spinebreakers' Trip To The British Library

It was quite an early start for our Spinebreakers yesterday, as we took at trip to The British Library to take part in a workshop led by children's author/illustrator, Nick Sharratt. Despite a short delay on the train to Liverpool Street, we arrived with plenty of time to spare!
Click on the picture above to visit Nick Sharratt's website.

"Nick Sharratt began the workshop by showing us some examples of art he had created when he was a young boy. He knew he wanted to be an illustrator from the age of 9, when his picture of a busy market was displayed in his school for all to see."

"We got to hear some pages from his books, Caveman Dave, Octopus Soctopus, The Foggy Foggy Forest and What's in the Witch's Kitchen? My favourite was What's in the Witch's Kitchen? because there were gruesome things in her fridge!"

"After, Nick showed us his book called Socks, we then had to draw our own sock-pictures. I drew a sockihopter! I liked this part because i got to do my favourite thing - DRAWING!"

"Next, we had to design a new front cover for Roald Dahl's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I made a chocolaty design with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory written on it"

"To finish off, Nick read us, You Choose. As he read the book we had to choose what we wanted from each page to include in our picture. I drew a picture of me wearing a frilly dress, big high heels, a nice purple hat and a pink scarf!"

Before heading home, the Spinebreakers took a look around the Picture This: Children's Illustrated Classics exhibition. The exhibition explores ten children's classics from the 20th century including, Paddington Bear, The Hobbit, The Borrowers and Wind in the Willows. Showing in detail how the illustrators have interpreted the tales in imaginative ways.


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