A huge THANK YOU!!! to the wonderful people at Unity Theatre, Liverpool and to the children, parents and teachers from Abercromby Nursery who helped to make the world premiere of A Polar Bear in a Snow Storm such an amazing experience. Special thanks to Louise Flooks for arranging everything, to Phil for the beautiful lighting, and to Kayden and Eden for their puppetry performance and hard work!
Meet Arty, a little polar bear who loves to draw and make marks but lives in a world of white – as white as a blank sheet of paper. He wishes he had colours to use so he sets out on a quest to find some. This story introduces early years mark making skills and an understanding of how colours work. The performance lasts 30mins and is followed by 30mins mark-making, drawing and storytelling workshop ideal for children aged 3-5.
Thanks to Incy Wincy’s Day Nursery at Bedale for inviting me to join them at the stunning Thorp Perrow Arboretum to find natural inspiration for our printerly art among the majestic trees bearing such splendid autumnal hues!
October 24, 2018
Amazing and inspiring! Thank you so much!” – Rachael Grinyer, Head of English
As part of Bath Children’s Literature Festival I had opportunity to spend a day at the excellent Paragon School
I started with a performance of Scribble & Scrunch for the Nursery children. My characters Tiger Louie and Dash & Doodle visited the Reception children to inspire them in storying and illustration.
Then with Year 1 we made monster pop-ups tied in with my Monsters Love Words picture book that features rhythm, rhyme and onomatopoeia. I shared my Night Walk story and worked with them to produce their own journey narratives using maths language. They produced a beautifully illustrated concertina book with glow-in-the-dark features for the class to keep.
A little freebie . . .
Download this Mini Bug Activity Sheet print it off, grab your pencil crayons and get colouring!
Don’t forget to share your finished artwork @pippapixley1 and have fun!
December 29, 2017
I was thrilled to be invited back to share this magical performance and exciting workshop for a new generation of pupils at Liverpool’s Abercromby Nursery School as part of their visit to Unity Theatre. It was great to have access to such excellent facilities – atmospheric lighting & immersive sound – along with superb support from the house technical team and management. The children and staff from Abercromby really enjoyed the experience and posted their own gallery of images from the day on the school’s website.
I’ve just completed a fun mark-making project working with 2-3 year olds at Staghills Children’s Centre in Rawtenstall, Lancashire. Parents joined their children for stories and activities on several dates including today’s celebration event. The brief included creating 3D sculptural work whilst helping the children to develop confidence in using a wide range of marking media and materials. I began each session by sharing an exciting story selected to inspire a particular approach to mark-making. Over 6 weeks we experimented with:
- Drawing with chunky wax crayons on paper
- Stamping on fabric with fruits and vegetables
- Painting tracks with toy cars and dinosaurs
- Printing with bubblewrap and foam shapes
- Marking with fabric crayons, paints and markers
- Creating & decorating cardboard structures
- Making lanterns using wax crayons on yupo paper
Some of the activities produced beautiful decorations on squares of fabric. I quilted these together to create an 8ft teepee and some gorgeous scatter cushions – a perfect place for telling stories!
I have now been invited to extend my stay into the Summer Term to work with the same children as they progress to the next stage as storytellers and emergent writers . . .