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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org