A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being invited by Adam Stephens to hold a two-part workshop for some Year 10 students from schools around Guernsey held at Elizabeth College. Two other talented local artist/illustrators, Hugh Rose and Charlie Buchanan, also held a class each. The brief was for each of us to illustrate a finalist's poem from the Guernsey Literary Festival and subsequently help our class of students develop and execute their own illustrative interpretation of the same poem. The poem I selected was 'Atlantic' by Pat Winslow which contained themes of escapism, liberation, shedding away modern life and the enveloping feeling of the sea.
I felt this project was a great initiative to give the students a peep into how a career in the creative industries works; something that I believe could be expanded further in Guernsey's schools. I am incredibly impressed by how my students responded to the brief, developed and produced their final concepts in such a short time frame - so pat on the back guys. They were awesome to work with too of course.
Make sure you go to the exhibition to see the works in their finished forms!
The exhibition opening night is 14th May 6.30 - 8.30 at the Gate House Gallery, Guernsey. Entrance is free. Each group of work is so different so there is plenty to satisfy the eye!
Below is a sneak-peak of the students working on their illustrations...