Storybook Artist: Quentin Blake

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Posted on Sep 5 2012 - 12:45pm by Jill
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This unit is a fantastic example as to why I have created my Storybook Artist Curriculum. We just finished our 2 weeks studying about the storybook artist Quentin Blake. I had a passion when creating this curriculum back in January of this year but there are times that you just do not know how something is going to play out when used in the real world. These last 2 units just make me even more passionate about this curriculum!

Beck and Elizabeth both studied the artwork throughout the storybook Fantastic Mr. Fox. Beck loved the life like cartoon feel of the characters that Quentin Blake drew to bring to life Ronald Dahl’s story. I selected a random page in the storybook and asked the children if they were to name that piece of art what would they title it?

Beck’s suggestion was “The Big Feast”. Elizabeth’s suggestion was “Dinner Feast”.
This unit added a new word to our art terms pocket chart, “composition”. The kids and I then discussed how composition is the arrangement of visual elements in a picture. I gave them several examples of this term in the unit’s storybook, Fantastic Mr. Fox.

As part of the lessons Beck completed his Illustrator Report on Quentin Blake by using this worksheet included in my curriculum:

This unit then had children compare the Mr. Blake’s artwork in Fantastic Mr. Fox to the artwork found in another book. I chose Charlotte’s Web (I selected this book for comparison since it is another a storybook that we are also currently reading right now). Here are just some of the comparison’s of the artwork in these two storybooks:
Black and white illustrations
Both books have animals
The artwork was sketched in pencil rather than pen or paints
Farm animals vs. woodland animals
Fantasy/comic book/silly vs. realistic/factual
To end our unit study on Quentin Blake I had the children select their favorite frame of artwork in the Fantastic Mr. Fox storybook. Beck loved sketching since he is not a big fan of using paints or doing art in general. Elizabeth on the other hand had to hold herself back to learn this new art technique since it is in her nature to use the brightest color paints and bedazzle everything in sight. Here is an example of Elizabeth’s finished artwork:

This unit just would not be complete without watching the movie Fantastic Mr. Fox as a family on family movie night!


I also have to remember to not forget to save all of their artwork throughout the Storybook Artists Curriculum so that I can laminate and bind it all into a keepsake book for them of their Storybook Artist art work!



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This is just a pinch of our magical art journey in this unit! If you are following along on our storybook journey through the art world please feel free to link up your blog posts below for the Quentin Blake unit!

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