A Never Ending Story – creative writing workshop
A Never Ending Story book (or Secret Garden) folding book format is a challenging illustration and creative writing project workshop for key stage 3 and above students. A clever way of Starting with Art to spark an interesting narrative for a creative writing project.
Details about this workshop
- A Never Ending Story: A Creative Writing and Art Workshop
- Tor BridgeHigh School A Level and Foundation level Art Students
- Tor Bridge High School, Miller Way, Plymouth PL6 8UN
- Part of a yay session
- 10+ students
Here at Torbridge, A level and Foundation Students used this device to help understand sequence in story narratives. How one action leads to another and changes the circumstances of the story line. This is a challenging workshop as students not only have to story board a 4 action story line but the story needs to lend itself to repeating endlessly.
The next challenge is to create drawings which allow for an unfolding of the story, adding 3 steps into the story line with not only a sense of moving forward but also the challenge of keeping the artwork joined up and creating (almost an animated) sequence, as the book unfolds itself (in a circular way).
These students came up with some clever ideas and also ran with the idea in terms of the drawing skills needed to realise a convincing outcome.
These very capable students needed about 45 minutes to an hour to complete the task which was one of a number of narrative formats we examined that day.