Illustrator visits Berwick Middle School
New Year 5 pupils at Berwick Middle School recently spent a day with illustrator Kate Leiper.
Her works have included, ‘An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales’ and ‘An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures’.
Each class had researched Kate’s work before the visit and were fascinated to hear how she studies aspects of real animals, such as a giraffe’s neck, to create her drawings of amazing mythical beasts.
She told pupils about working with Theresa Breslin, author of the ‘Illustrated Treasuries’, and how her lifelong love of drawing enabled her to bring Theresa’s characters alive through her illustrations.
Pupils then had the chance to draw their own creatures with a focus on creating their own dragons, with advice from Kate on how to create 3D effects by changing shades and textures and how to use perspective and props in their drawings to give an idea of the creature’s size.
Head of Year 5, Mrs Wilkinson, said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for our new Year 5 pupils to spend the day with an illustrator of Kate’s calibre.
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“The pupils loved meeting the person whose drawings they had been studying and learning from her.”
Headteacher, Ben Ryder, added: “Berwick Middle School has great staff who go out of their way to arrange a wide range of enrichment opportunities for all our pupils across the curriculum.
“It is a key part of our pupils’ learning and experience and one that we value.”
Kate, originally from Lossiemouth, now lives in Edinburgh. Her visit was part of the Berwick Literary Festival outreach programme for schools.