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Illusterate or Being Graphically Competent… Thoughts of the New Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell

A week or so ago I recalled an INSET day presentation given by artist and gentleman, David Close, at Swavesey Village College over thirty years ago. In it he argued the importance of being able to express oneself graphically. He equated graphical expression to literacy and numeracy in importance.

No sooner was the ink dry on the post than the new Children’s Laureate, author and illustrator Chris Riddell. makes the same call for a greater emphasis to be placed on drawing. David Close really was a visionary!


…[Riddell] intends to keep an online visual diary of his time in the role, the Laureate’s Log, and encourages families to keep their own visual diaries. Speaking to the BBC, Riddell said: “There comes a point where children decide that they can’t draw. I want to say, ‘don’t stop drawing – carry on, and do a sketch a day.’
“I think stories can grow out of the visual. It can be an engine for literacy.”

Read the full article here: Children’s laureate Chris Riddell spells out joy of doodling | BBC News

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