David Litchfield Schools Event

In April 2017 Scottish Book Trust took the award-winning illustrator David Litchfield to Stirling for a day of creative and colourful school events!

The Bear and the PianoDavid first began drawing when he was very young, creating Star Wars & Indiana Jones mash-up comics for his older brother and sister. David uses a variety of techniques to create his illustrations and considers himself to be a mixed media artist as he usually combines all the elements together in Photoshop. The Bear and The Piano was David’s first picture book, and won the 2016 Waterstones Children's Book Prize in the Illustrated Book Category. 

David's event focused on his latest book, Grandad's Secret Giant. The event started with David anwersing a range of questions from pupils about his life and work as an illustrator. Following this, David read from his wonderful new book, Grandad's Secret Giant, and enthralled pupils with his entertaining interactive storytelling. Grandad's Secret Giant is about friendship and being kind to those who are different from us. After the reading, the workshop took a creative turn with a sketching and drawing activity. Everyone created a picture of what friendship meant to them, and all the individual pieces were collected together and pinned onto a drawing of the Secret Giant's dungarees to create a colourful and collaborave patchwork. 

Everyone enjoyed the visit and the event was a great way to introduce themes of frienship, empathy and being considerate of others feelings to a youner audience. David loved seeing all the wonderful artworks created by the P1-3's. To hear more about David's workshop at Strathblane Primary, and the activities they enjoyed before and after the event, visit their blog post. You can see a selection of photographs of the event in the gallery below! 

Learning Resources

Cross-curricular learning resources to help you explore the world of The Bear and the Piano are available to download here.