Haughton Academy pupils take part in a special arts workshop

Education Village

Monday, 9th July 2018

Haughton Academy pupils take part in a special arts workshop

CELEBRATED illustrator draws on her talents to inspire students’ creative thinking

A CELEBRATED illustrator drew on her talents to inspire students’ creative thinking and reward them for their efforts.

Hard-working Year 7 and 8 students from Haughton Academy, Darlington, were selected to take part in a special arts workshop with internationally renowned illustrator Liz Million.

The 42-year-old Darlington artist, who is asked to illustrate anything from books to road signs all over the world, offered the students top tips on how to draw characters.

“When you are little anything you draw is amazing and our parents are right to be encouraging,” she said. “When you get older you realise just how hard it is.

“I was good at drawing which meant I could do anything creative, from architecture to fashion design. I used to love rainy days as it meant I could stay in and draw.”

Liz told them how she had gone to school and college in Darlington before studying a degree in London. She then started illustrating for Walker Books and now completes a host of commissions and delivers school workshops too.

Her drawings were put into a draw for students with the lucky ones getting to take them home.

Learning resources manager at The Education Village Karen Fantarrow said: “I used to work in the town’s library and remember Liz coming in as a student. I’m delighted she has done so well and her success shows you don’t have to move away from the region to achieve your goals.”