Children’s Art and Children’s Book Illustration

I’ve been travelling a lot since I returned from Prague two weeks ago.

For example I visited two of my favourite schools. The first one was Portway Infant School in Andover and the second was Rowan Preparatory School in Claygate.

Rowan Preparatory School in Claygate invites children from other schools for a day when I’m there. It’s always good fun and also a very busy day. I read books, we talked about illustrations and we do art. Hot dogs are served and the day finishes with an art exhibition.

The theme this year was Puffin Peter.IMG_0229Here are some of the pictures.

IMG_0230In this collage Blue Penguin meets Puffin Peter.

IMG_0231Here is Puffin Peter waiting for Puffin Paul.

I love pictures done by children and I always get some drawings to take home. This amazing drawing was given to me in

Portway Infant School in Andover is another school I visit every year. It’s always nice to go to a school with friendly teachers I know and children who can’t wait to hear stories and to do some art. Over the years some of the children leave primary school, but then they come to collect their younger siblings at the end of the day. It’s nice to see them again.

Portway Infant School in Andover  has a good collection of my pictures. This is the latest one based on “The Greedy Goat”.unnamed-1We painted all the “nice” things The Greedy Goat would like to eat …and more. I especially like these two birds sitting on the goat’s back.IMG_0235

I also did two events at The Royal Horticultural Society’s  Malvern Spring Festival. That was different, because you never know who will come, but it was all well organised and great fun.

MHere is another masterpiece done by Markus aged 8 I want to share with you. It’s a copy of an owl from my book “A First Book of Animals”.

I had also a great day in Hereford, taking part in the Hereford Book Festival for Schools 2017. It was a day of reading and making books with more than 100 children from four different schools. I was lucky, because I had great help from librarians, volunteers and also from students of illustration from Hereford School of Art.

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One more picture I want to show you. The author is 7 year old Amy from Hong Kong. I love it.Amy 7 IpSo the last couple of weeks were about children’s art.

Now one announcement:

 The Children’s Book Illustration  is sadly closing down.  They were often the only place where you could buy original artwork done by some of the best illustrators around. Their last day of trading will be on Saturday 17th June.

Have a look at  The Children’s Book Illustration website. You may find something you would like!

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