Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Students Visit Nick Sharratt’s Exhibition

A Level Graphic Communication students visit famous Illustrator and author Nick Sharratt’s exhibition in Kirkby Art Gallery, Knowsley.

Our Year 12 and Year 13 illustration students were inspired with Nick Sharratt's artwork and stories for children when we visited the wonderful ‘Pirates, Pants & Wellyphants’ exhibition in the Kirkby Art Gallery.

It will directly link to Year 12 students’ coursework, as their final project will be creating a children’s illustrated book too!

Year 13 have been inspired too, and some are creating visual storylines for children’s books for their final exams at the moment.

The groups watched videos presented by Nick, showing how he created characters, storylines and how he used traditional drawing and digital techniques when creating his books.

A series of drawings were created in the gallery by all students, allowing them an insight into the methodology and simplification techniques needed when creating work for certain age groups.

Nick’s work will be familiar to many parents and young people, either from the picture books he has authored and illustrated himself or the distinctive illustrations he has produced for writers such as Jacqueline Wilson (Tracy Beaker) and Jeremy Strong (My Brother’s famous Bottom books).

At the exhibition, you can discover how Nick became an illustrator and produced some of the most recognisable, children storybook artworks.

Publisher’s recognised Nick’s talent and his career in illustration took off almost straight away. Nick drew for magazines to begin with, and then moved onto drawing for books and writing his own. He has illustrated almost 250 books and written around 40.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact Mrs McDonald-Holmes or Mr Dougan.

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“Praise the Lord because he is good.  His faithful love will last forever.”
Psalm 136:1

Word of the Week

Machiavellian (adjective)

Subject which uses this term: English Literature; Drama; History; Politics

Meaning: cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous.

For example: ‘Mrs Lyons is Machiavellian. She manipulates Mrs Johnstone into giving up her baby. She uses Mrs Johnstone’s superstitious nature to ensure she gets what she wants.’

MRS. LYONS: You do know what they say about twins, secretly parted, don’t you?


MRS. LYONS: They say…they say that if either twin learns that he once was a pair, that they shall both immediately die. It means, Mrs. Johnstone, that these brothers shall grow up, unaware of the other’s existence. They shall be raised apart and never, ever told what was once the truth. You won’t tell anyone about this, Mrs. Johnstone, because if you do, you will kill them."

Thought for the Week


"Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people."

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