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World Book Day Illustrator Competition 


Today we watched best-selling author Tom Fletcher as he shared how he is inspired to create books that are both fun and interactive. Feeling creative, we then illustrated our own characters, thinking about how we would make our story interactive. Here are two of our favourite characters so far. smiley



Art outside the Classroom 

During a recent trip to the International Slavery Museum, we seized the opportunity to flex our creative muscles and sketch some of the historic artefacts. We were also fascinated by the artistic depictions of slavery, and were moved by some of the poignant quotes about slavery, freedom and liberty. Through exploring the artworks, we were able to begin to understand how harrowing an experience it was for those people who were forced into the slavetrade. We also discussed the vital importance of 'Art in society' and how it helps to ensure that we never forget the victims of slavery...

Calling all illustrators

Here at SFDS, we are on the hunt for the the next Quentin Blake or Axel Scheffler! We're looking for a talented artist to illustrate the front cover of our next edition of the annual 'We are Writers' book. After analysing a range of front covers from best selling childrens books - it was our time to design. The winner, who will get to see their design printed on the front cover of over 400 books, will be revealed over the next few weeks. Here is a glimpse at some of our efforts so far...

 I really enjoyed analysing the famous book covers and thinking about the features that would encourage somebody to pick it up from a bookshelf. I tried to use vivid colours on my design to make it eye-catching. Additionally, I wanted my design to be unique and look professional. (Casey, Class 15) 


I wanted my design to show the readers the various themes and characters that would be inside the book. I personally found that using crayons helped the design to look vibrant and exciting. (Coby, Class 15)

Light Workshop with Mr B 

As an introduction to our new science topic, Year 6 were treated to a light workshop with Mr. B. Unexpectedly, we also had the opportunity to develop our artistic skills as we created our very own neon pictures. Mr B commented that our drawings reminded him of Picasso's animal drawings - what do you think?