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WORKSHOP! The Bear and The Piano

On Sunday my new residency at The Bright Emporium officially began! The beautiful children’s illustration gallery, book shop and workshop space is owned by long renowned children’s illustration agency The Bright Group.

Their shelves are filled with children’s picture books they’ve brought to life, so it made sense to develop a series of workshops that could incorporate their stories. A lot of scribbling later and the result is *extended drum roll* my latest workshop creation: ‘Little Picture Books’ 🙂

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Combining drama, crafts, storytelling and creative play, Little Picture Books encourages children to create their own picture book pages.

Inspired by a different picture book each session, instead of reading the story from beginning to end, we use drama games and creative storytelling to explore its themes and ideas. These are then brought to life on the page through collage, colouring, sticking, creative writing, drawing and more. Children leave with their finished pages, a new story and hopefully… the impetus to become the next Roald Dahl or Beatrix Potter! Time will tell!

The first Little Picture Books workshop was inspired by David Litchfield’s The Bear and The Piano.

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The highlight of the workshop quickly became our mini piano! Made from a cardboard box and paper the night before, the children took turns becoming a master pianist just like the little bear in the story. I hid a speaker behind the piano “stand” and filled my phone with piano music! Donning bear ears and a sparkly bow tie, we serenaded each other with lots of lovely music including Beethoven’s Für Elise, some Tennessee ragtime blues and the completely beautiful An Ending, A Beginning by Dustin O’Halloran – which you can listen to below 🙂

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