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Exploring the World of Illustration - A workshop with Tilly Pettitt

Exploring the World of Illustration - A workshop with Tilly Pettitt
This month, Y7-13 Art scholars embarked on an inspiring journey into the world of illustration in a workshop led by the talented illustrator, Tilly Pettitt. A graduate of Anglia Ruskin University's Cambridge School of Arts, Tilly shared her insights and expertise with the group of enthusiastic students. 
The workshop began with students delving into a series of thought-provoking poems, using them as a springboard to develop their own artistic responses. Through this creative exercise, they gained a deeper understanding of the intricate connection between words and visuals, a hallmark of the illustrator's craft. 
As the day unfolded, the students received a comprehensive insight into the world of illustration. Tilly shed light on the opportunities and challenges that come with pursuing a career in this artistic field. She provided a glimpse into the day-to-day life of an illustrator, explaining how they work meticulously to create rough sketches and adapt their work to meet the unique needs and desires of clients. The workshop emphasized the importance of communication and collaboration in the world of illustration. 
One key takeaway from the session was the crucial role that drawing plays in an illustrator's daily practice. Students discovered that drawing isn't just a skill but a fundamental element of their artistic journey. It forms the foundation upon which illustrators build their imaginative worlds and bring their ideas to life. 
In a particularly engaging segment of the workshop, students had the opportunity to apply what they had learned. Guided by Tilly's expertise, they embarked on creating their own illustrations to accompany the poems they had chosen. This hands-on experience allowed them to unleash their creativity and put their newfound knowledge to practical use. 
The workshop with Tilly was not only an educational experience but also a source of inspiration for the young art scholars. It broadened their horizons, offering a glimpse into the exciting and dynamic world of illustration. By connecting words, emotions, and visuals, students explored the limitless possibilities that exist within this creative realm. 
As these budding artists continue to hone their skills and pursue their artistic passions, the workshop will serve as a memorable and transformative step in their journey towards becoming illustrators of the future. 
A gallery of the day's learning is available here.