I had a great day yesterday at Foxhills Juniors on the edge of the New Forest. The school's current theme is Spies & Secret Agents, so they wanted an element of this worked into the cartoon workshop. Usually I do these workshops on a class-by-class basis, but they wanted me to see the entire school so we opted for three sessions in the hall - so that's a lot of children. I was a little apprehensive as to whether the children could be engaged for an hour on this scale, but the reality was that we could have done lots more.
We talked about different styles and ways of cartooning, then we all had a go at making up faces using different combinations of facial features, underscoring that there isn't a right or wrong way to do it, just the need to find a way you are comfortable with. We then did a step-by-step drawing of a secret agent, which seemed to go down very well as the character appeared on their pages before their eyes using just simple lines and shapes. Finally, we finished up with how best to achieve a good looking baddy by me explaining the rules for drawing a face in proportion, and how those rules can be bent to achieve a thuggish or criminal mastermind look. Great fun.
The children were attentive and enthusiastic, and it's always great to look round and see the teachers joining in too. Thanks, Foxhills.