2018 › Newcastle

Patrick Benson Workshop

The Children’s Bookshow allocates four free workshops for schools who attend a related theatre performance. Each child participating receives a free book to take home and keep.

In this hands-on workshop, children will have the opportunity to become illustrators in their own right. Just like a real illustrator, they will be given a piece of writing and asked to interpret it visually, responding to any clues provided in the text. With the opportunity to look at some of Patrick Benson’s original artwork in detail, the children will come away with a real insight into the work of an illustrator.

Suitable for:
Years 5 and 6

“The whole experience was just fantastic. Patrick was so lovely and enthusiastic. He was very happy to share examples of his work and show children how to improve their drawing. Thank you so much for this opportunity. It is a rare thing to have children engaged and enthralled for hours.”

Sarah Brown, teacher, Basildon Primary School


What you need to know

Length of workshop:
Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
Location of workshop:
We will come to your school
Number of children:
Workshops are for a class of 30 children
Suitable for:
Years 5 and 6

Please note, a teacher must be present throughout the workshop

Materials needed

  • Flipchart or whiteboard that Patrick can write on
  • Pencils, coloured pencils and paper for the children
The Minpins cover

Each child attending a workshop will receive a FREE copy of The Minpins to take home and keep!


Book a related theatre performance to be eligible for one of four free workshops

This workshop is allocated to a school attending a specific theatre performance with 30 or more children; visit the performance page to find out more and book:

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About Patrick Benson

Photo of Patrick Benson

Patrick Benson was born in 1956 and educated at Eton College before studying classical drawing in Florence and attending Chelsea Art School and St Martin’s School of Art. He worked in the fashion business until a chance meeting with the sister of Walker Books’ founder, Sebastian Walker, led him into a career in illustration.
He is best known for illustrating two modern classics: Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell, and The Minpins by Roald Dahl.

More about Patrick Benson

On the day

  • Please inform your school receptionist that our artist will be arriving so they can be welcomed warmly.
  • A teacher must be present throughout the workshop.
  • Make sure that all the materials that our artist has requested are ready and available.
  • Please let us know if any of the children have particular requirements, and ensure that their normal carer is present.
  • Check that the free books accompanying the workshop have arrived. These books are for the children to take home and keep, and they may like to ask nicely for them to be signed.
  • The offer of a cup of tea is often greatly appreciated!

Have any questions? Get in touch

Julia Bayton

Your contact for this performance is Julia Bayton, she will be happy to answer any queries you have:

Email
julia.bookshow@gmail.com
Phone
07980 570975