2018 › London

Past event

Aurélia Fronty and Franck Prévot Performance

How did it go?

The Cine Lumiere at the French Institute in London was packed with over 200 children all ready to listen to two visitors from France, writer Franck Prevot, and illustrator Aurélia Fronty, talk to translator Sarah Ardizonne. The main focus for Sarah and Franck’s discussion was the beautiful book he has produced with Aurélia - Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees. While Franck talked about his inspiration for writing the book, his process, and his love of trees, Aurélia drew several beautiful painted illustrations. The audience were enthralled and asked extremely good questions in both French and English.

After the performance, Franck and Aurélia signed books complete with beautiful dedications.

What people said:

Our pupils enjoyed a lot seeing Aurélia Fronty drawing live. Beautiful auditorium!

L'Ecole de Battersea

Franck Prévot Workshop

Franck ran two brilliant sessions for Years 4 and 5 at Halley Primary School in Tower Hamlets with the translator Sarah Ardizzone. They started with the sentence 'A tree is worth much more than its wood,' which is what Wangari's mother used to say to her when she was young. They explored this idea as a way to think about the themes of the book and then using Franck's special poem machine they crafted their own poems!

Aurélia Fronty Workshop

Aurelia Fronty ran two workshops in French speaking schools. She talked to the children about her artistic practise and did some live drawing for the group. Then it was time for the children to get creative and they focused on creating a forest together as a class. You can see the beautiful work produced in the pictures below.

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Venue:
Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
Date:
Thursday, 22nd November 2018
Time:
11:00 am
Duration:
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 4, 5 and 6

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Aurélia Fronty

Born in France in 1973 Aurélia Fronty, illustrator of The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees, knew from an early age that she wanted to be an artist. She was brought up in an artistic environment where she was forever drawing, painting and creating. She has always been a keen traveller and has taken many trips across Africa and Asia that have inspired and influenced her art. Aurélia has illustrated over 40 books, posters and prints for children.

Praise for Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

The writing is artful, clear, and concise, with references to Maathai's native Swahili language and the cultural connections to the environment... Fronty's art shines bright, expanding the text with styles that echo Henri Rousseau, Henri Matisse, and others.

School Library Journal


Franck Prévot

Praise for Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

The writing is artful, clear, and concise, with references to Maathai's native Swahili language and the cultural connections to the environment... Fronty's art shines bright, expanding the text with styles that echo Henri Rousseau, Henri Matisse, and others.

School Library Journal


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