Staff and students at The Holy Family School in Keighley welcomed illustrator and author Chris Mould to lead workshops with Year 9 on characterisation, symbolism and imagery.
Their visitor is a local lad, born in Bradford and currently working from a studio in Dean Clough, Halifax. He worked as a freelance illustrator for several years and has many books to his credit, with 20 currently in print.
Initially he spoke to the students about his own career, showed off some prints from his studio that he had brought in. Chris also did a show-and-tell of pictures that inspired him throughout his life and then went onto talking about illustrations for George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm which is the text that his listeners are studying this year. He concluded with an overview of careers in the literature and arts industry, such as being a writer, illustrator, editor, graphic designer, web designer, printer etc.
In the latter part of the day Chris reiterated the intentions he had when he illustrated and published Animal Farm and then started recreating the illustrations with the students following him step by step.
The session culminated in participants creating their own illustrations, many of which turned out brilliantly.