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Sophy Henn visits Inkpots

Award winning illustrator Sophy Henn called in to one of our after school clubs at Manor Field Primary in Burgess Hill last Wednesday, and gave the children such a boost, imparting valuable tips and advice on their work.
In particular, Sophy talked about:
• Her fashion training at Central Saint Martin’s and how it impacts on her work still;
• The processes she goes through when a book is in production – opening the children’s eyes to what goes on behind the scenes;
• The importance of keeping notebooks and journals – showing them initial sketches had developed into her much-loved character, Pom Pom
• The importance of valuing your own work – Sophy gave the children so much encouragement to keep on developing their work.

I know from feedback received from parents that the children will remember Sophy’s visit for a long time and I have an inkling that some of the guidance will stay with some for years to come.

Such a lovely experience stays with you for days afterwards and I have reflected on the importance of Sophy’s visit.
Part of this is that she had took the time to talk to children individually, listening to their ideas and plans. Each drawing and sketch was taken seriously and Sophy gave constructive feedback.

The same after school club has a comic crew of boys who have discovered a real love (and skill) of doing comic strips. They have been massively encouraged by cartoonists Neill Cameron and Jamie Smart. Neill’s Comics Club Blog has provided tons of ideas and inspirations and feedback via Twitter is eagerly awaited each week.

The support that these three artists have given the Manor Field after school club has been phenomenal. We all need praise but what is also invaluable is a genuine interest and I hope that this will empower the children at Inkpots to really flourish creatively.

A huge thank you from the children at the Inkpots After School Club, and me!

At the moment, Inkpots runs as after school and holiday clubs in mid Sussex. But from 1 May we will be running an online club so that this creative encouragement can be spread to more children. For more details please click here


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