I had a great day at St Andrew’s Primary School in Newport yesterday, where I told stories, answered lots of questions and got lost on the way to Morrisons – only a hundred yards away!
I showed Key Stage 1 how to draw whales and years three and four how to draw the Pizza Man from my Little Horrors’ story – The Swamp Man. The drawing shown here is the scariest Pizza/Swamp Man drawing anyone has ever drawn in one of my school sessions. It just has that element of scariness about it!
St Andrew’s has been a split Juniors and Infants for a hundred years, but this term the two schools have combined to become a Primary School. If there was a lot of paddling going on under the water as the new systems are worked out and put into place, it wasn’t noticeable and everything worked smoothly and serenely – like the proverbial swan.
There are around five hundred children in the school at the moment but, with the building of a new housing estate on the old steel works, they are planning to increase to 750 children very soon! Good luck with that and thanks for a great day.
A special thanks to years 5 and 6 who valiantly put up with my manic Dylan Thomas impersonation while I told them about my book Dragon Gold, reading from the section where Mr Davies the school teacher in the story, tells his class how the Red Dragon of Wales came to be – a story from the Mabinogion that Mr Davies is very fond of!
Drawing is much like writing.
Imagine if you had spent as much learning to draw simple shapes as you did learning to draw your letters. Then imagine drawing every day of your school life, the same amount of time you spent learning to make words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters, essays and books out of those simple letter shapes.
Drawing just needs a bit of simple instruction and practice. Everyone who can write or make a mark with a pencil can draw!
Everyone Can Draw makes drawing easy and not scary. Follow the simple progression, page by page, from dots to lines to triangles to squares and circles and you will soon be drawing things you never thought you could.
Then keep coming back to my Youtube channels to learn more!
Everyone Can Draw is now available from the Amazon Kindle Store UK and Amazon US or as a pdf download from this website as a signed book from this website or a book version on Amazon in the UK and Amazon US and all other good bookshops.
As the full moon calls, each cat slinks through the shadows to where the storyteller waits. Will you stay in your warm, cosy bed? Or dare you go and join the Scaredy Cats?
Click the video and watch the tale of Frankatstein, the mad professor who dices with death, and the cats who get caught up in his chilling experiments.
Find out more and buy signed copies of the book.
Are you planning a space project in school this year? If you are, you may well be looking for space-themed readers to excite your children.
Ricky Rocket is the only human boy on the Planet of Hammerhead – He lives a pretty normal life with his Mum, Dad and horrid little sister, Sue, but his classmates are aliens from all over the Universe, his teacher, Mizz Fizz, is a robot and Ricky flies to school in his own rocket – with stabilisers!
These books are perfect for reading aloud and for newly confident readers to finish in a confidence-building sitting. They are funny, fast paced and loved by children all across the Universe! Get signed copies here with free Ricky Rocket Posters
There are colouring-in sheets available here, and a how to draw Ricky Rocket video at the bottom of this page.
Check out my video of last year’s event to see how much fun it’s going to be!
I’ll be telling stories and showing how to draw stuff with Derwent Aquatones and Watercolour Pencils
Why not come along for a great day out? I’ll be signing books and lots more. You’ll find be at the GOPAK tent – You’ll know GOPAK, they make the very best folding tables for schools!