A PACKED out Artrix audience of all ages got creative during the visit of top children’s author and illustrator Nick Sharratt.
Armed with their pencils and felt-tipped pens, more than 250 were given the chance to ‘draw along’ with Nick as he demonstrated how to create well-known characters and animals.
Nick spoke briefly about where his love of drawing started and, with the help of a screen behind, showed how Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope’s dad from his ‘Shark in the Park’ series came to being on the stage.
He also created a cartoon sea scene, complete with shark, jellyfish, seahorse, crab and treasure chest.
After people drew their pictures, a few were selected each time to be displayed on the screen.
There was a great atmosphere in the auditorium as people put their creative skills to the test. Nick was inspirational and proved himself just as good on the stage, addressing an audience, as he is with a pen and paper.
It was amazing how much was learnt in the 80-minute session – not only how to draw characters, animals and scenes but also how simple shapes of facial expressions and eyebrows could instantly convey a multitude of emotions.
Afterwards, there was a real buzz as people left with pages of, arguably, some of the best drawings they had done in their lives.
Nick also stayed behind to sign copies of his books, check out people’s drawings and pose for photographs.
This was a memorable half-term afternoon for both the children and parents who also got into the spirit of the event.
Visit nicksharratt.com for more on Nick, his books and forthcoming events.