"My Year 3 class really enjoyed the Animix workshop. Very quickly they grasped the idea of mixing the animals together in their drawings, and I was impressed with the diversity and energy of their creative output. They enjoyed a ‘show and tell’ session and I could see that they were proud of their work.
Usually in class we write stories and then draw pictures to illustrate them, but we were able to use the children’s ‘characters’ from the Workshop to develop into some creative writing on another day. There was an improved level of descriptive language used in their writing due to the unique creatures they were able to create, and I also noticed an increased level of engagement by all the learners.
Animix is such a simple idea and yet the versatility of it as a teaching tool in the classroom, is huge. I am quite sure it would work well across KS1 and KS2 settings. It really challenges the children to use their imagination and to be original, and of course it’s fun because anything goes!"
My background is in graphic design and illustration having graduated with BA Hons at Kingston School of Art. After an early design career with Virgin Atlantic I have accumulated over 30 years experience of commercial design work with a wide variety of clients.
I am an advocate for the power of imagination as a source of nourishment for children's personal development and creative thinking. Inspired by my two daughters when they were young, I designed 'Animix' a range of educational creative products which stretch children's imagination and build self confidence. I use these products to run imagination workshops and competitions in Primary schools and I have had some beautiful feedback. I also write and illustrate story books with a focus on nurturing children's mental health:
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