As we are all faced with times of uncertainty due to the outbreak of COVID-19, I wish to reassure you that the safety and wellbeing of my clients and colleagues remain my primary concern and focus.
In view of this, and in line with recommendations and guidelines from the World Health Organisation and our Government, I will be canceling personal appearances at public events and group courses for at least the next 6 weeks. If you have already booked on one of my courses during that period you can expect me to hear from me soon.
However, I will be making more of my courses and artwork available online and I’ll be keeping in touch through Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. I’ll post updates on this as the situation develops. I wish you all a really creative time and please keep you, your loved ones and our community safe.”
– Much love, Pippa xx
During the current COVID-19 Corona Virus pandemic I will be sharing fun stories and art activities suitable for enjoying with your children, helping them to keep creatively engaged…
Feel free to download this printable worksheet: Draw-a-long with Pippa 01
If you would like to book tickets for this workshop click on the image above.
My suminigashi work is going to be featured in the next issues of the fabulous UPPERCASE Magazine and the prestigious Pressing Matters Magazine. Sooo excited!
This hands-on drawing session at the fantastic Jersey Zoo will have children laughing out loud as they learn Pippa’s top tips and techniques and hear her funny animal stories. Each session lasts one hour and is suitable for all ages and abilities
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Pippa’s Kintsugi Workshop on May 12th 2020 at the absolutely fabulous Chatsworth House in Derbyshire’s Peak District.
In this Wabisabi inspired class you will work with real gold to repair stunning ceramic pieces that you can take home as treasured momentos at the end of the day.”
The Kintsugi package includes:
- Beautiful handcrafted ceramics to work with
- All craft materials & packaging
- Tea, coffee and fruit juice on arrival
- Chatsworth still and sparkling water
- Mid-morning break: tea, coffee & mini pastries
- Two-course lunch by the Chatsworth chefs
- Mid-pm break including tea, coffee & biscuits
- Complimentary parking
Learn more or book your tickets through Pippa’s eventbrite page…
Suminagashi is the beautiful Japanese artform of floating inks on a bath of water to create a monoprint. This is normally done in the studio, but whenever possible I love to work in the wild – the great outdoors. The process involves using an ink stick which I grind onto an inkstone with a little water, moving it in a circular motion until I reach the right consistency of ink.
With the brush inked (and with minimal movement) I dip the tip of brush horizontally onto the surface of the water to create concentric circles. Various patterns and shapes – swishes and swirls reminiscent of the knots, grain and ring forms of trees, or the contours of maps and mountain ranges – are created by the breeze. It is a really wonderful process, something quite magical and serendipitous.
You never really know what kind of a print you will make, it is very dependent on the conditions; a sudden breeze, the movement of a dog or just your own breathing can affect the image, changing it in some way. It’s exciting knowing that just as every snowflake is different, so, too, is every print. No matter how many I produce no two will be the same; each one will be unique and special in some way. The prints are used in a number of ways – for book covers, endpapers, framed original prints or wrapping paper – depending on the purpose and the type of paper used. If you love playing with inks and hearing the soothing sound of water you will love this aqueous surface design printing method.”
I was absolutely thrilled to be featured in edition 42 of my favourite arty magazine, UPPERCASE, published by the amazingly talented and prolific Janine Vangool.
Kintsugi is the beautiful Japanese art of repauring broken pottery with gold, which is a wonderful metaphor for life. The cracks are our experiences in life. We don’t have to be broken by them, they can make us stronger and more beautiful. Instead of hiding the cracks that life brings, you embrace them and turn them into something unique, something magical. It is the experiences that happen to us that shape us and make us who we are, who we become.”
Would you like to learn the art of creating beautiful paintings? Then this class is for you!
It is an exciting one-day course set in the heart of the Peak National Park. You will develop your skills in using line, tone, and colour. The day will begin by understanding the fundamental principles of light and tone, experimenting with a range of mixed media materials. I will show you how to translate and transcribe the landscape by slowing down and observing the surrounding environment through mark-making exercises using Japanese ink and charcoal.
You will develop palette themes, and experiment with mixing and making your own pigment paint with the ancient painting method of egg tempera (free-range organic eggs from my own hens) as well as making glazes and layers in acrylic, oil and cold wax. You will discover the secrets of how to apply contrast, colour theory, and tonal values to create beautiful scenes.
This workshop will be hosted in the delightful hamlet of Hollinsclough in the Upper Dove Valley, and is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned artists. Everyone will leave relaxed, refreshed and infused with creativity. All materials will be provided as well as refreshments throughout the day – including lunch, tea, coffee, cake – you just need to bring an apron!
Landscape Painting Workshop – Sat Nov 9th – 10.00am – 4.00pm – £85
It was a great honour to be asked to present this homage to the late, great Judith Kerr at Bath Children’s Literature Festival this weekend!
Judith Kerr (1923-2019) is best known as the writer and illustrator of such well-loved picture books as The Tiger Who Came to Tea, but for this celebration event I was also able to share the fascinating story of her early life as a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Germany. We re-enacted her most famous tale, read the rhythmical One Night In The Zoo and featured Judith’s new book, The Curse of the School Rabbit, posthumously released by her longtime publisher, HarperCollins.
I’d like to thank Bath Festivals for inviting me and for managing such a lovely production, HarperCollins for their support, and the wonderful and responsive audience of children and adults who joined in with the storytelling and activities.
You can book my Judith Kerr Interactive Storytelling & Workshop for your school or setting by clicking here…
This new exhibition at Derby University marks the end of my artist residency in which I have worked alongside and lectured their third year MA Illustration students. Through the AA2A programme I have been able to share tips and techniques from my experience of working with publishers and agents to write and illustrate for the children’s picturebook market.
It was a lovely launch event with my fellow AA2A artists, faculty members, friends and family present. Thank you everyone!
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!
I’ll be returning to the delightful Dove Valley Activity Centre in the Peak District National Park to host a Kintsugi Workshop on Tuesday 2nd July 2019. Tickets cost £35 for the morning and include materials, tuition, and fabulous cakes!
Kintsugi is the magical Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold. This workshop will involve learning some traditional and modern skills of repairing pots. The session will start with using handmade marbled paper, 24k gold leaf and gold thread as we learn about this ancient art. We will then work with a variety of ceramics which will be lovingly repaired using gold metal powder. Each piece restored will be unique and beautiful. This is a wonderful metaphor for life. The cracks and our experiences in life make us stronger, unique, precious and beautiful.
I wasn’t blessed with being good at art but that didn’t matter at all. Pippa is such a fabulous artist herself but a great teacher too and she enabled me to make something beautiful and learn about an age old art. The venue was stunning and the workshop a real joy. Can’t wait for the next one.”
We use type all the time without really thinking about how and why we make the choices we do. As a picture book writer type is really important to me because the choices we make affect how our readers respond to the text. Typography is like a visual form of our voice – we can shout or whisper, we can talk fast or slow – it’s a wonderful way of illustrating what our voice can do. In my Type Faces Workshop we will learn about the anatomy of type, font families and design basics. I will share how type is used in everyday life – from street signs to newspapers, from cereal boxes to book covers – and how the type we use can affect the way we communicate. In the session we will play my Font Families game, learn to think like a picture book designer and use technology to create our own Type Face posters:
To book an amazing Type Faces Workshop for your KS1/2 class, get in touch with Pippa here…
I was so excited to be invited by the BBC to share the inspiring story of FA Cup contenders, AFC Wimbledon and The Wombles with an amazing group of local schoolchildren. Our segment aired at the start of BBC One’s Football Focus shortly before the team’s 5th round match on Saturday 16th February – maybe you can still catch it on iPlayer . . .
Special thanks to the wonderful children and staff at Kings Oak Primary School, the highly helpful AFCW Foundation, and the super professional BBC crew!
Limited Edition “Little Red” Silkscreen Print 20x20cm
Your chance to own or gift an original Pippa Pixley artwork. Each piece in this hand produced run of only ten silkscreen prints is stamped, signed and numbered by Pippa herself. 20cm x 20cm unframed. Price includes P&P within UK.
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!
I had the wonderful honour of presenting Axel Sheffler’s famous Pip & Posy stories to an amazing audience of 150 children in the stately Guildhall at Bath Children’s Literature Festival. The publishers, Nosy Crow, arranged for the children to meet a larger-than-life-sized Posy character, while I drew them into the story world through music, movement and mime.
Pip is very proud of his big red balloon. But when he lets the balloon go and it pops, he is inconsolable. Luckily, Posy has a clever idea to cheer up her friend and soon they are having fun again!
In September 2018 Forest of Imagination took root in the heart of Bath.
This multi-sensory, interactive storytelling experience is crafted to inspire wonder, fire the imagination and to build the confidence to be creative. Originally developed for the classroom, then adapted for the stage, Scribble & Scrunch fitted perfectly into this urban forest environment of cardboard and paper. The children were so excited to enter the little box house and to discover within it a magical world of nautical adventures.
Amazing and inspiring! Thank you so much!” – Rachael Grinyer, Head of English
I had an absolutely fabulous time today learning the timeless art of letterpress printing at Hot Bed Press Printmakers’ Studio in Salford, Manchester. A big “Thank You!” to all the staff and my fellow students who made the day so lovely!
This morning, at Bradwell Junior School in the Hope Valley, I asked KS2 pupils to express why they love books so much!
I love books because they can make a clear picture in my mind and charge my imagination.”
I love books because whatever you imagine is right and you can write your own.”
I love books because it makes me feel like I am in the author’s shoes.”
I love books because I like writing them and I also love them because when you get into them you don’t want to put it down.”
I love books because they inspire me to write stories.”
I love books because you can just lose yourself in them. They can be anywhere at anytime. They take your mind off troubles and worries. There are lots of them. They smell nice.”
I love books because they can transport you to different places without you going anywhere and because the impossible becomes possible.”
The Printworks in Manchester invited me to host a prehistoric printing workshop to tie in with the screening of Aardman Animation’s latest movie, Early Man. I brought along my tabletop printing press, foam boards, paints & rollers; and everyone loved trying new techniques to produce ancient art!
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!
I actually got to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Higher Openshaw Community School’s new Reading Garden – what an honour!
I was invited as their Patron of Reading to share their special day with them, reading stories in the lovely new reading shed, storytelling chair and activity areas.
The more that you READ, the more things you will KNOW.
The more that you LEARN, the more PLACES YOU’LL GO!”
– Dr. Seuss
I had a fantastic day at the One Education Literacy Conference 2017. As well as exhibiting my Storybook Writing Projects I was able to squeeze in attending a few workshops and lectures. I got to meet lots of lovely teachers, literacy leads, and heads – looking forward to working with some of you next year!
What an amazing day!!!
Today was our Book Launch Day, the climax of our fantastic collaborative Storybook Project at Higher Openshaw Community School in Manchester. We started with a whole school assembly in which we shared a video documenting the creative process that resulted in four fabulous original picturebooks. Then we read each story in turn, projecting the artwork, and presented the teachers with a class copy for the school library. There was such a buzz in the air as every child in YR1 & YR2 received a copy of their very own book:
It’s the best book I’ve ever read!” – Ruby, YR2
My book is fantastic!” – Myah, YR1
It was magic to get my monster in the book!” – Abigail, YR1
It has been wonderful working with you! The children have had an amazing experience to create and make and have their own book.” – Miss Meddick, YR1
The books are amazing and the kid’s reaction to them was fantastic! You had every one of them engaged and that is so rare – I love it!” – Mrs Hughes, YR2
We had a wonderful treat during the event when we were able to share a specially recorded video message from the Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, creator of Charlie & Lola!!!
Our very own message from Lauren Child – so lucky! We are so pleased to say our work with Pippa will continue next year as she’ll be our Patron of Reading.” – Miss Mort, YR2
Would children at your school love to become authors and illustrators in a Storybook Project?
I’m so excited about tomorrow’s Book Launch at Higher Openshaw Community Primary School!
This Celebration Day will be the culmination of a fantastic project with four classes from YR1/YR2 that has spanned the Summer Term. The children have learned to develop characters, structure their stories, and create fantastic illustrations to convey emotion and complement the written narrative.
As a group we shared storybooks: listening, responding, and discussing the ideas and what we liked about them. We created characters and scenarios and developed them through role-play and story-mapping. We played with language, decoding the tangle of words, and discovering the joy of mixing up the 26 letters of the alphabet to create magical sounds and shapes!
Children gained an understanding of simple story structures, planning exciting ways to combine words and pictures into dynamic storyboard layouts. They explored a variety of fun and engaging illustration approaches, developing visual literacy skills, as they worked together to produce lovely pieces of art to complement their story.
Tomorrow, July 11th, at the end of the project, the school will host a Book Launch event at which every child who participated will be given a copy of their very own book – in front of friends, family, the local press, and the whole school!
I know the children will all be so excited when they each receive their very own copy of the book they have worked so hard to create. We’ve also planned a very special surprise for the day – tip top secret at the moment!
A fab project. Every school should do this!” – Dawn Robertson, blogger for Madeleine Lindley
No misnomer – making this picturebook has been mission impossible! Mrs Heald’s Y2 class at Higher Openshaw Community School were full of ideas; so many, and so good, that we had to come up with a story that could include as many as possible. The result is a real rollercoaster ride of a tale, a rhyming adventure that whisks the reader through a series of wildly different worlds: under the sea, a digital games world, a ghostly zone, an alien place, etc. Linking these different environments, the rollercoaster rails spiral and loop, rise and fall, requiring language to match.
Early in the process we all went to the school hall and marked out a circular route on the floor using masking tape to represent the tracks. This was punctuated by large areas of paper, a separate zone for each themed world on the ride, where the children could sketch out their wild ideas. They were encouraged to write descriptive words next to their characters that could form the basis of the text. The result was a neatly circular story structure, with all the disparate ideas linked by the same main characters journeying through them along the rollercoaster rails.
Next the children set to work creating the backgrounds, using ink washes and bold crayons. Then they drew the characters in pencil and cut them out.
Everything was scanned into my Mac back at the studio, and arranged in InDesign to produce a proof copy of The Ultimate Test. I think we passed!
Perhaps we should have called this book “Outta Space” because that’s what it is all about! Miss Mort’s Y2 class at Higher Openshaw Community School have come up with a science fiction storybook that sends a team of brave astronauts on a mission to fix mankind’s chronic space shortage . . . by vacuuming up a precious cargo of the stuff which outer space is made of!
We had some serious brainstorming sessions to generate lots of ideas about how different aspects of life and the environment would be affected if all the space disappeared: no spaces between words, no parking spaces, no personal space! What about wildlife? What would towns and cities look like?
Children also spent time roleplaying scenarios aboard the spaceship and back on Earth, using mini whiteboards and markers to make their own speech bubbles and dialogue. This story would have a journey/return structure, a knowing narrator voice, and plenty of quips between the main characters: Astrogirl, Astroboy, Astrodog & the Queen, of course!
The class were inspired by the work of illustrator Anna Llenas, having recently admired one of her gorgeous collage-style picturebooks, so we decided that the artwork for our book would feature cool cardboard bits and cut-out elements. The team set to work designing rocket components, aliens and asteroids. They also used ink and watercolours to create crowded scenes of people, birds and sea life that would be relayed to the space crew on their cardboard computer screens as they sped to the rescue . . .
All these elements were photoshopped and layered together back at base, and arranged into the series of stunning spreads that make up S P A C E. Only one book to go and it will be Mission Complete!
That’s me! That’s right, in full Native American costume and sat in front of my tipi! I was invited to visit Saltney Ferry C.P. School in N.Wales to be the secret ingredient in their Wild West themed day. It was great fun! The children were so excited and responded really well to the traditional tales I shared.
I also got to feature some of my own favourite characters, The MiniYarns, in a little story about a cowboy who lost his hat. The children loved joining in by trying to come up with solutions for rescuing it from the top of a prickly cactus!
Activities included group mark-making sessions and also threading story beads and found objects onto string to serve as a mnemonic aid to storytelling. The children produced some beautiful art and performed superbly, being able to recall and retell even complex narratives. Everyone had a truly wild and western kind of day!
Thank you so much for Friday, all the children and staff loved it! Some of the Year 1s and 2s have even made story sticks over the weekend!” – Charlotte Luke, Headteacher