As is, by now (you will doubtless have noticed, with – or without – a weary sigh…), characteristic, my Illustration Friday offering is shunted into this ethereal service-hatch/dumb-waiter with all the grace and aplomb of a, well, deeply awkward and exceedingly flustered thing, at precisely the very last minute (so to speak. As long as the new topic remains a nascent, unannounced call-to-[pencil-shaped]- arms, I’m ‘in time’… Just.).
I found this week’s topic, kernel, pretty challenging, and one that a brain beleaguered by the interrogations of 90 or so 7- & 8-year old children (see below) was only able to associate with the old idiom re. a teeny morsel of truth buried amidst a largely fictional linguistic morass, etc. – and nuts. So, obviously, I went for the latter:
There is, as the really quite horrific (I’ve always thought…) expression goes, more than one way to skin a cat. Similarly, there are – demonstrably – at least two methods of enjoying the sweet, nutty kernel of a…um…nut. As a matter of record, I would almost always plump for the eminently less labour-intensive (ergo, more readily accessible) suspended-in-chocolate option, courtesy Mr Cadbury – a preference clearly shared by the furry little chap on the right. Also, I suspect he doesn’t have within him the (seemingly requisite…) seething anger fit to wield a mallet in a manner conducive to the efficient despatch of a nutshell – unlike Left-hand Squirrel.
Last Friday was the day of the Illustration Workshop at Nightingale Primary School (Redbridge Borough of London), the content of which I had been mentally masticating for several weeks prior in an attempt to come up with something suitably engaging for the 7 & 8 year-old crowd. Hopefully I will have a little time later this evening to add some modest description about that experience (there were such excitements as visualizers and awkward questions about my level of fame [ha ha!], that I feel should be recorded for posterity…), but – in the meantime – I shall simply add a few of the resources sheets I concocted for the classes, which build on the ‘Character Drawing’ sequence I uploaded in my 3rd May post: