I’m very pleased to be exhibiting my work at Islington Museum throughout the month of May as part of Word2014 Festival.
In conjunction with the exhibition, I’m hugely excited to be running twelve days of workshops with local primary schools including St. Lukes, Clerkenwell Parochial, Samual Rhodes, Vittoria, Tufnell Park, St Joseph’s, Duncombe, St John Evangelist and St John Highbury Vale. This will be followed on 22 May by a celebratory event with the work of the children’s also exhibited in the gallery (all welcome).
Two FREE family workshops are taking place on Saturday 3 May and Saturday 17 May. Full details here – http://www.islington.gov.uk/islington/history-heritage/heritage_whatson/wo_events/Pages/default.aspx?extra=9
The exhibition is up and running and continues until the end of the month – http://www.islington.gov.uk/islington/history-
Some of the work produced by the children at St John the Evangelist School near Angel today. I love the simple but effective graphic style of the green one in the middle. The enthusiasm of the kids in this school was absolutely brilliant.
Hope everyone had a wonderful World Book Day. Fossdene Primary, St Andrews Primary and St Edwards School all made my week. Here’s the montage!
St Andrews Primary School, Totteridge
Fossdene Primary School, Charlton
St Edwards School, Reading
First visit of the school year spent with the fabulous children of Chaulden Infants in Hemel Hempstead. The giant pop-up was created by the two Reception classes.
From Borehamwood and Elstree Times
9:00am Friday 8th March 2013 in News
Hertswood School children make pop-up books as part of Literacy Week
by Natalie O’Neill
Pupils at Hertswood School in Thrift Lane looked on with amazement as John O’Leary turned pieces of card into colourful story books on Wednesday.
Teacher Laura Edgar said: “The children caught on very quickly and they’re going to be continuing using the skills in their next lessons.”
The event forms part of Community Literacy Week which is being celebrated by all primary schools in Borehamwood.Ms Edgar said: “The week is a great way of celebrating the joy of reading for pleasure and how important it is.
“Research has shown that children who don’t read for pleasure lag two years behind their peers by the time they’re 15. Literacy Week allows us to demonstrate the value of reading for the whole school community.”
(photo – Author and illustrator John O’Leary shows 13-year-old pupil Ryan John how to make his very own pop-up story book)
Here’s my line up for this year’s book week.
I’m very excited and looking forward to a series of intense, fun-filled sessions.
26 Feb – St. Mary’s School, Bicester
1 March – Chase Side Primary School, Enfield
5 March – Lindfield Primary School, Lindfield
6 March – Hertswood Academy, Borehamwood
7 March – Thomas’s School, Clapham
8 March – Hereward House School, Hampstead
I was working with the children at Croughton All Saints Primary School yesterday for the start of an art and books project. The aim was to give the children enough skills to finish the pop-up books in their own time, combining text, illustrations and paper-engineering. This is a beautiful school, situated in a rural village near Banbury, with a warm, friendly atmosphere. I found the children to be very open and enthusiastic about pop-up design and I was able to teach them quite a number of techniques in a relatively short space of time.