Gillian McClure is an author/illustrator with a Primary Teaching Diploma. She has over twenty year’s experience of doing illustration and writing workshops in schools using her own stories as a stimulus to inspire pupils’ own creativity. Her one-off visits are ideal for World Book Day or a school Art Week or Book Week. She brings copies of her books and likes to do a signing as she feels it’s important pupils are given the opportunity to buy a copy of the book they have looked at with her, to take home to treasure and share.
These can be a full day or a half day and tie in with a school’s theme. Here is what she does:
Nursery & Reception: Gillian shows original artwork, roughs and sketches to very young children and tells one of her own stories that they can act out and develop using puppets.
Primary Year 1-6: with this age range Gillian gives illustration/story workshops using character and place as the starting point for a story. These workshops are constructive and fun. Her most popular workshop centres on her classic book Selkie, about a magical creature that can transform from seal to human and there is another inspiring workshop on creating a graphic novel page based on her latest book Zoe's Boat.
Secondary & Students: for older pupils and students Gillian does mentoring and gives workshops on integrating text and image in a picture book.
“I just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ for your visit. Class 4 have carried on with their sequel to ‘Zoe’s boat’ this week. They have such lovely ideas – so many different versions... and are really enjoying themselves."
Kate Mottram, Foxton School
"Gillian worked with all year groups in the school from Reception to Year 6. Her activities were varied, imaginative and at the right level for every class.”
Ingrid Broomfield, Librarian
“In the session with Year 6, the workshop was pitched at just the right level, leading to plenty of discussion and the creation of many interesting ideas. Being the oldest in the school, this session wasn’t until the end of the day but the children were very interested and stayed focused throughout.”
Angela Robinson, Year 6 teacher
If you are a school in the South East, London or within an eighty mile radius of Cambridge you can contact and book Gillian
You can find out more about Gillian here.