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Creativity Connects Literacy and Visual Art

Artists bring a series of exciting workshops to libraries during the Easter holidays as part of a festival of visual literacy.

DISCOVER the power of pictures in a series of children’s workshops during the Easter holidays in North East Lincolnshire.

Three artists share their passion for illustration during Reading Pictures: Seeing Stories – a festival of visual literacy taking place in libraries across the Humber and Yorkshire region.

Martin Impey

Martin Impey, a multi-award-winning freelance illustrator, joins talented local artists Sarah Palmer and Nicky Dillerstone at Lincs Inspire Libraries for a programme of workshops and talks to help children and young people explore the connection between literacy and the visual arts.

Martin Impey, said: “I have been a freelance illustrator for the last 31 years and I’ve loved every minute of it. I am honoured to be taking part in the ‘Reading Pictures: Seeing Stories’ event this year. Art is so very important for one’s mental health and can be a wonderful outlet for emotion and of course storytelling.”

The free events take place during the Easter school holidays and give children the opportunity to meet and learn from illustrators and artists to discover the power of pictures.

Nicky Dillerstone

Create a picture book in the first workshop led by Sarah Palmer, a watercolour and ink artist who specialises in sketchbook work, hand lettering, landscapes and heritage. For children aged eight and above.

Children and families are then invited to discover the wealth of illustrations created by Martin Impey and to hear the stories behind some of his inspiring artwork.

During the second week of the holidays, textile artist Nicky Dillerstone, uses card, glue, paper, and lots of other fun materials to create a special little box inspired by people, places, and each person’s interests. Aimed at children aged six and above.

Rob Garland, development officer for Lincs Inspire Libraries, said: “Visual literacy is about understand and interpreting images. Illustrations help children to explore the meaning of stories and literacy. These workshops are all about getting arty, having some creative fun, and encouraging children to use the library to access a world of books and the inspiring and powerful pictures within them.”

Sarah Palmer

The workshops take place across Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Immingham and Waltham Library’s between Monday, April 4th and Thursday, April 14th. They are all free and must be booked in advance by calling each branch library.

For workshop times and further information visit www.lincsinspire.com/readingpictures

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