Marc Vyvyan-Jones drawing the young Alfred during a 'Draw like a Saxon' Illustrator Visit to Upton Noble Primary School, Somerset.

Marc Vyvyan-Jones drawing the young Alfred during a 'Draw like a Saxon' Illustrator Visit to Upton Noble Primary School, Somerset.

Marc Vyvyan-Jones' Illustrator Days for schools

Marc Vyvyan-Jones' school visits combine fun, laughter and learning. He gives illustrated talks to large groups (several classes at time, or the whole school in smaller primaries), drawing on a flipchart, followed by workshops with individual classes. Marc's visits bring to life poetry, stories, history and traditions, and often celebrate stories and history local to each school. He shows how he develops characters, how you can portray energy and movement, how to decorate lettering - and much more. Marc demonstrates drawing techniques such as using dip pens and dramatic ink splatters!

 Flipchart art - the finished version of the young Alfred, reading Bede's pioneering  Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum , completed in 731AD. Alfred loved books, and encouraged scholarship, writing, translation, illustration and the learning of Latin when he was King of Wessex.

Flipchart art - the finished version of the young Alfred, reading Bede's pioneering Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum, completed in 731AD. Alfred loved books, and encouraged scholarship, writing, translation, illustration and the learning of Latin when he was King of Wessex.

The sessions are interactive, with lots of input from the audience - both sharing ideas and coming up to draw on the flipchart. During the workshops which follow the introductory talk, Marc encourages children to explore how to make words and pictures work together to make marvellous illustrations.

Each visit is tailor-made for the school. Marc works with children from reception to sixth form.

The themes of the Illustrator Days which Marc presently offers are:

Draw like a Saxon - the history and artwork of the Saxons from the first invasion to the Bayeux Tapestry (or Canterbury Embroidery!). This theme was suggested by Somerset Literacy Network.

Taliesin and Aneirin - the earliest surviving poetry from Britain dates from the sixth century: be inspired by the shape-shifting and battle poems of two of our earliest bards, and hear the magical story of Taliesin.

Celtic Arthurian stories - the West Country and Wales are full of them! Marc goes back to the earliest sources, and tells and draws the stories of the Britons' resistance to the Saxon invasion, and of the great warleader, Arthur and his friends and family.

Illustration: bringing words to life - Marc has illustrated over 40 children's books; he encourages children to draw, write, imagine, and to develop their love of books.

If you are interested in finding out more about Marc's school visits, please email mail@marcvyvyanjones-illustrator.com

 

 Celebrating a Midsummer tradition at Wiveliscombe Primary School - Marc Vyvyan-Jones made a mizmaze from flour, then the children took turns running around it, and making a wish in the middle. 

Celebrating a Midsummer tradition at Wiveliscombe Primary School - Marc Vyvyan-Jones made a mizmaze from flour, then the children took turns running around it, and making a wish in the middle. 

 Making a wish at the centre of the mizmaze on Midsummer Day, during Marc Vyvyan-Jones' Illustrator Visit to Abbas and Templecombe Primary School. The children in Diamond class made gifts to leave for the fairies.

Making a wish at the centre of the mizmaze on Midsummer Day, during Marc Vyvyan-Jones' Illustrator Visit to Abbas and Templecombe Primary School. The children in Diamond class made gifts to leave for the fairies.

 A wonderful painting of Gwenhwyfar by a child from Stawley Primary School, Somerset inspired by a local Arthurian story retold by Lucy Sloan, and read to the children during Marc Vyvyan-Jones' Illustrator Visit to the school.

A wonderful painting of Gwenhwyfar by a child from Stawley Primary School, Somerset inspired by a local Arthurian story retold by Lucy Sloan, and read to the children during Marc Vyvyan-Jones' Illustrator Visit to the school.

 The children's paintings caught the drama of the story which Marc Vyvyan-Jones had told them.

The children's paintings caught the drama of the story which Marc Vyvyan-Jones had told them.

 The Roman Legions leaving Britain undefended - another exciting image from The Stawley Tapestry which children from the primary school created with Marc Vyvyan-Jones during an Illustrator Visit.

The Roman Legions leaving Britain undefended - another exciting image from The Stawley Tapestry which children from the primary school created with Marc Vyvyan-Jones during an Illustrator Visit.

 The children's paintings were hung all around the school hall to form The Stawley Tapestry.

The children's paintings were hung all around the school hall to form The Stawley Tapestry.

 Flipchart art created during Marc Vyvyan-Jones' 'Draw like a Saxon' Illustrator Visit to Upton Noble Primary School - the Venerable Bede.

Flipchart art created during Marc Vyvyan-Jones' 'Draw like a Saxon' Illustrator Visit to Upton Noble Primary School - the Venerable Bede.

 Marc Vyvyan-Jones told the children of Upton Noble Primary School about the warrior West Saxon queen, Seaxburg, and drew her.

Marc Vyvyan-Jones told the children of Upton Noble Primary School about the warrior West Saxon queen, Seaxburg, and drew her.

 Marc Vyvyan-Jones draws on a flipchart as he talks to the children - this is picture of the Saxon leaders Hengist and Horsa. Their names are written in  runes.

Marc Vyvyan-Jones draws on a flipchart as he talks to the children - this is picture of the Saxon leaders Hengist and Horsa. Their names are written in  runes.