Portrait of Me by a Pupil | Rowena Aitken Illustration

On the 11th June 2019 I was fortunate enough to go along to Gordon Primary School to talk about How To Draw A Dragon with the primary 5-7 class.

Gordon Primary School is a small school based in Gordon, Scottish Borders within the catchment area for Earlston High School – the high school I attended way in the mists of time.

Back in October last year I answered a Facebook call for “unusual careers” to come and talk to Earlston Primary School pupils which was linked to similar events at Gordon Primary which unfortunately I couldn’t attend due to work commitments.  This was great fun and fired up a want to teach children and young adults creativity and drawing. My experience of teaching was through Envato Tuts+ where I create video courses and tutorials for all skill levels and I want to develop my skills into working with blossoming artists in person. After getting back in touch with Earlston and Gordon I arranged for a visit to Gordon.

During my visit I had an introductory session with the children about who I was, what I do and what I would be teaching them. Here‘s a link to my teaching plan for the class.

At first I was a little nervous but I soon relaxed into talking with the pupils and teacher Mrs Robinson. The children were a pleasure to teach and it felt great to encourage their confidence in drawing. The visit was so fun and I loved seeing what the children came up with. Such a talented bunch!

At the end of the class I was taken aback when one of the pupils presented me with an excellent portrait (see above!) – I was lost for words!

My plan for the future is to work with students at high school and college levels teaching drawing and illustration fundamentals. At the moment I’m looking into courses with a focus on teaching.

If you would like to book a visit to your school or organisation to teach drawing skills please send an email to the address below!

Rowena Aitken | Children’s Book Illustrator

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland

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