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The March school holiday workshops (3) Illustration

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Drawing on experience

Especially for children who may not be articulate in English (although all our participants understand if they are Grade 4 and above), illustration provides a creative starting point for communicating.

Recently we devised the concept of illustrating several ‘frames’ of a story in strip-cartoon format on a long strip of paper, and this is proved very popular.

Using the Book Detective stories (see last entry) as a base, the children draw and write the next part of the story – often with surprising results.

We use a medium called ‘Silky Twisters’ – much better than normal felt-tip pens (which also dry out very quickly). The soft, waxy surface they provide can also be smoothed out to look like pastels, and they provide a dense layer of colour.

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On 18th March (Stanford) and 19 March Enlighten Education Trust in Zwelihle in Hermanus, we gave two holiday reading workshops to the great enjoyment of the children.

Our thanks to Enlighten Education Trust for letting us use their facilities on the second day, to Nini Stevens who generously provided the food for the children on both days and to our funder ZA-FM Public Interest Fund, and other funders who help with the structure and framework of CBN.