In Year 4, as part of our topic work, we have been looking closely at Quentin Blake’s illustrations. We have all gone through the process of being illustrators and designers. First, we had a go at copying a ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ sketch and practiced them more than once to ensure we were happy with our design, as all best illustrators do! We then traced our design onto watercolour paper and painted carefully over our fox. Lastly, once the paint was dry, we used blank ink to go over the outline, just like Quentin Blake does. We then were given the opportunity to be ‘Curious Creators’ and created our own animal character using the same techniques as before. They turned out absolutely superbly and are all up on display in our classrooms.
Additionally, we have been writing persuasive letters to Quentin Blake as part of our English work. There have been some outstanding vocabulary choices and excellent persuasive techniques used in our letters. Here are some snippets:
“I would be honoured if I could use your extensive knowledge and guidance to help me publish my own story and illustrations.”
“Some time ago, I started admiring your sensational work.”
“I understand from my research that you have everlasting work so I would be honoured if you would agree to help me on my own trip to success.”
“Thank you for reading my letter above many others that you must receive. I am eagerly waiting and looking forward to your response.”