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Art & Literacy Sessions for Primary & Secondary Schools

I have been working with primary and secondary school children regularly for the last four or five years, teaching comic book and cartoon, creative writing and combined art and literacy sessions. These school sessions have seen me visit well over 150 schools around the UK, working with over 80,000 children along the way.

My lessons are designed to not only get children interested in art, but to get them thinking creatively too. In the course of each lesson they will be taught valuable drawing techniques and skills that they can use in future work. The fun, interactive lessons are presented in a way that makes them accessible and informative for all pupils, whatever the skill level. Those who think they can’t draw will be shown that in fact they can, and those who enjoy art can develop their skills further.

During these sessions I teach pupils how to draw expressions, how to simplify and exaggerate features, how to draw hands, eyes, and various body parts. I help them to understand poses, lighting, movement and actions in their drawings as well as understand use of colour, shading and contract.

 

Over 100,000 Children Taught – Over 170 Schools Visited

The sessions can be adapted to suit all skill levels and ages and are suitable for most group sizes. Past sessions have seen me work with groups of ten or twelve students through to groups of 400+ pupils, taking part in large group sessions in the school hall or outside on the playing fields.

I draw the sort of things children enjoy drawing. By basing the lessons/tutorials around superheroes, dragons, comic book art, monsters, and very silly cartoons the sessions are fun and educational while not feeling too much like work. Even the most reluctant pupils and those with learning difficulties and behavioral problems can benefit from the sessions.

Lessons can also be adapted to fit in with projects the children are currently working on if desired Past schools have varied, with lessons covering everything from Space, Robots, The Rain forest, Farming and Sea Life.

My art, literacy or combined art and literacy sessions build confidence, encourage creativity and teach valuable drawing, writing and creative thinking skills. I currently run half day, full day, two day, three day and week long sessions depending on the individual schools needs.

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School art and literacy sessions with Calvin Innes - Author and illustrator primary and secondary school lessons
School art and literacy sessions with Calvin Innes - Author and illustrator primary and secondary school lessons
School art and literacy sessions with Calvin Innes - Author and illustrator primary and secondary school lessons
School art and literacy sessions with Calvin Innes - Author and illustrator primary and secondary school lessons
School art and literacy sessions with Calvin Innes - Author and illustrator primary and secondary school lessons
School art and literacy sessions with Calvin Innes - Author and illustrator primary and secondary school lessons
School art and literacy sessions with Calvin Innes - Author and illustrator primary and secondary school lessons

Testimonials & Quotes

Morley Newlands Academy: On Thursday 11th June 2015, twelve year 5 children from Morley Newlands Academy took part in a work shop led by a talented author/illustrator, Calvin Innes. The children had the opportunity to learn some wonderful new skills in order to create their own fictional monsters and superheroes. Thomas stated “it was really fun, I liked being shown how to sketch different facial expressions”. The children applied their new skills and techniques to help them bring their creative writing to life. during the session the children learnt the importance of descriptive writing, using all five senses to help create a setting, perfect for the characters they had created. Bailey commented “Thank you, I would like to do it all again!”
Mr Innes worked well with the children, tailoring his teaching techniques to suit the needs of our children. The children came away from the session with some new found skills, as well as the confidence to believe they can produce not only fabulous drawings but outstanding pieces of written work.
Thank you Mr Innes, from all of the children in Year 5!

Swallownest Primary School: This is the second time we have asked Calvin to come into our school and work with the children, sharing his inspiring illustration talent and skill. He has a very professional manner, works around the needs of the teacher/class and has the children enthralled from the word go. They were absolutely buzzing with excitement throughout the day, and could not wait to share their new found skills with their friends and family when they got home. A great day had by all.

St. Johns Primary School – Isle of Man: My Y6 class have worked with Calvin today on creative writing, based around comic books – what a fantastic and rich writing experience he provides, engaging the children and helping them to develop their ideas, interspersing the day with drawing tips and opportunities.
He maintained everyone’s interest, even those children who are reluctant writers or artists, ensuring that all children participated willingly in each task by offering tips and help to ensure they could succeed, feel more confident with their skills and be proud of what they have created. Calvin worked with us for a full day but the children have said that the day flew by and that they want Calvin to come back soon and work with them again. I can’t recommend his workshops highly enough – thanks a million, Calvin!

StoneFerry Primary, Hull: We had great feedback from pupils and staff about your visit. The children were so enthusiastic and it inspired several of them to keep drawing for several days after wards. The staff said you were great with the children. Thank You.

The Sheffield Star: A fantastic opportunity for the kids to learn from one of the best in the business.

Daybreak ITV: Bogeys, monsters, comics, insects and all of the stuff that kid’s enjoy… Brilliant!

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