Non-Fiction | 8 July 2016Tell me a picture this summer Share article facebook twitter google pinterest This blog post will look at the portraits included in former children’s laureate Quentin Blake’s book; Tell Me a Picture. We also have an activity which tells you how to create your own interactive story gallery! But first, lets look at the book itself… Quentin Blake is a man who needs no introduction. He is perhaps the best-known and best-loved illustrator of our time. In 1999 he became the first ever Children’s Laureate and his drawings have been cherished and enjoyed by generations of children throughout the world. In 2001, Blake chose 26 of his favourite paintings for an exhibition at the National Gallery in London. It comes as no surprise that he chose an eclectic mix of different artworks, from fine artists to children’s illustrators, but they all had one crucial similarity – a story to tell. Here is the introduction from the book written by Quentin Blake himself which explains his intentions for the book. Click on the above foreword to read more clearly Tell Me A Picture features all 26 of the paintings which were in the original exhibition in 2001 alongside Quentin Blake’s own drawings of a lively family whose comments and asides help the reader see what is special about each work of art. Frances Lincoln Children’s Books has released this revised edition to inspire a new generation of children to engage with art and think creatively. We think that it is a brilliantly unique insight into art which encourages children to look for stories in the pictures, limited only by their own imaginations… Have a look at the picture below, what story do you think it is telling? This hangs in the National Gallery in London and was made by Italian painter Piero di Cosimo. Here is another extract from the book this time by a famous children’s illustrator, Michael Foreman. Can you think of a reason this monkey would be holding this iceberg? Remember, art doesn’t have to be straightforward! It can be as fun and as crazy as you want it to be! Do you want to create your own picture gallery with a friend? We’ve got an idea on how you can do this at home… Take one piece of paper each, placing another one in-between you all. Without looking at anyone else’s paper, think of ten random objects or things and write them on the paper. They can be as different to one another as you like but remember to keep them a secret – Shhhh! Taking it in turns, draw a picture of something on your list. The tricky part is making sure that it interacts with the object drawn by the person who went before you. Once you’ve finished your go, tell a short story involving everything that’s been drawn so far. What could be happening? As you continue the game, the story will get more complicated but soon enough you’ll have your own interactive story that you’ve all helped draw and tell together! So why not dive in today and discover what adventures await in looking at art! You can read more about the book here. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.