Budding artists were treated to two fantastic comic masterclasses this half term, as, by popular demand, the sensational Kev F. Sutherland returned to Doncaster.
In all, nineteen schools were represented, as well as some students from the Home Educators community, at the events which took place at ‘The Point’ Arts venue in the town centre, and a great time was had by all.
Kev led the sessions in his own inimitable style, mixing instruction on drawing techniques with zany humour and creating an amazingly positive atmosphere wherein even the less confident artist felt able to have a go. Using a huge range of comics and graphic novels which Kev had brought along for inspiration, the children worked really hard. It was fantastic to witness the imaginations of these young people come to life on the page as with Kevin’s guidance they created and developed their own characters, ranging from ‘Galactic Girl’ to ‘Supertot’, ‘Beefy Bug’ to ‘Squigy Lemon Guy’!
By the end of each session, the children had created a comic in which all their characters’ adventures were included and which also featured pen portraits of each child, done by Kevin, on the back. The comic’s titles, the very original ‘Dennis and the Death Doughnut’ and ‘Fat Grandad Sat on the Toilet’ were chosen by the kids themselves, via an inspired process of invention and voting which defies description here but which was a fun part of each session!
The sessions flew by, as the young people were absolutely engrossed in what they were doing and they were all delighted to each get to take home a copy of their comic and their original caricature signed by Kev.
All in all the classes were a great success and I am positive we will be seeing more of Mr Sutherland in Doncaster in the future.
Secretary, Doncaster Book Award