Picture This: Children’s Illustrated Classics


Suitable for: Year 3 – 6

Available: 22 January 2014

Length: 120 minutes (90 minute workshop plus 30 minutes in the exhibition)

Group size: Maximum 1 class per school

Picture This: Children’s Illustrated Classics is a playful exhibition exploring 10 classic children’s books from the 20th century. Discover how illustrators over the years have interpreted - and reinterpreted - our favourite tales in beautiful and imaginative ways. Be re-united with much-loved characters such as Paddington Bear, Peter Pan and Willie Wonka and classic works such as the Just-So Stories, The Wind in the Willows and The Hobbit.

To accompany the exhibition, free illustration workshops led by professional children’s book illustrator Nick Sharratt are available for Primary groups:

Session 1: 10.30-12.00: Suitable for Year 3-4 FULLY BOOKED

Session 2: 13.00-14.30: Suitable for Year 5-6 FULLY BOOKED

About Nick Sharratt

Nick has illustrated over 200 books, around 40 of which he has also written. He likes to use vibrant colours and bold patterns in his picture books and humour is a major element of his work. As well as producing his own books, he has worked with numerous writers including Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Giles Andreae and Jeremy Strong but his most famous collaboration is with Jacqueline Wilson, a partnership that extends back over 20 years. Nick has won many awards for his work and in 2006 he was the official illustrator for World Book Day.   

Workshop outline

In these workshops, Nick will be talking about the thought processes behind his book illustration, and follow the development of a book from initial idea through to final publication. He'll also look at the importance of book covers and how they are designed. The group will work on an illustration activity involving the reinterpretation of a familiar tale and focus on creative thinking and originality. The workshop will take place in the Learning Centre.

On booking, teachers will be allocated a time slot (30 minutes) before or after the workshop to view the exhibition with their class.

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