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Children’s book illustrator Korky Paul inspires Primary school students

Last week, Primary students had the opportunity to flex their creativity during drawing workshops with renowned children’s book illustrator Korky Paul.

Mr Paul is best known as the artist behind the “Winnie the Witch” books by Valerie Thomas and his books, which have been translated into 44 languages, have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. 

Students from 4 to 11 years attended Read ‘n’ Draw workshops and Draw-a-thons where they were guided by Mr Paul through the process of drawing a fictional character.

St George’s Primary Milepost 1 Lead Teacher Louise Firth, who organised the visit, said Mr Paul’s workshops gave the students an insight into how an illustrator works, but most importantly it reinforced a love of books and readings.

“As a school we try to instill a love of reading and books in our students. Many of the children adore Korky’s work so inviting him to visit and bring his work to life was an obvious choice,” Mrs Firth said. “The students have loved not only meeting Korky but have also gained first-hand experience of Korky’s passion and love of drawing. His sessions were full of hints and tips for budding illustrators.”

St George’s invites celebrated authors and illustrators to the school regularly to hold workshops with the students. “Having authors and illustrators visit sparks a sense of amazement in our children and many are often star struck. To be able to work with and meet the authors and illustrators who have produced their favourite books only deepens the love of reading we try to foster in our students,” Mrs Firth said.

Other authors and illustrators who have visited the school, either in person or via Zoom, include Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet (Supertato), Mary Hoffman (Amazing Grace), Chris Bradford (Young Samurai) and Michael Rosen (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt).

Year 5 student Jane said: “The workshop was really good. I love drawing so this has allowed me to unleash my imagination with my drawing. Normally I draw things that I would see in real life but now I am looking at things in a different way.”