Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell’s take on school trips.
School Travel Organiser magazine’s editor Sarah Holt interviewed the new Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, about the importance of school trips on creativity and kindly agreed to share her article with us.
At the start of June 2015, illustrator Chris Riddell was named as the new Children’s Laureate for the UK. Chris has worked with Quentin Blake and Neil Gaimen in the past and illustrated Russell Brand’s first children’s book. He intends to use his two years as Laureate promoting creativity and a renewed love of reading and drawing in children. Sarah spoke to him about how learning outside the classroom can contribute to that goal.
1. I have heard that as the new Children’s Laureate you want to focus on creativity – do you think getting away from the classroom is important in developing children’s creativity?
2. As a child – either in South Africa or Bristol or the Scottish borders – were there any places you used to visit that really inspired your own creativity?
3. I have heard about your concept of creating a drawing every day. Do you find inspiration for this in the world around you? If so, as an adult, where do you find you are most inspired?
4. Do you remember the first school trip you went on? What was it like?
5. I read in the TES that you played truant to visit the Tate gallery when you were at school – what did you take from your visits there and do you think it’s important for children to visit galleries when they are young?
6. As part of your five point plan as Laureate, you want to promote the Joy of Sketchbooks – can you recommend any places for teachers to take their pupils to sketch?
7. It’s well-known that boys are less likely to enjoy reading than girls. How important a role do you think that getting boys out of the classroom plays in trying to encourage them to pick up a book?
8. I have heard you want to encourage every school to do more for readers – do you see a role for school trips in this?
9. Have you visited any venues with your own children which have particularly inspired them to read or draw?
10. I remember work on school trips often consisting of little more than sketching what we saw (whether that was an art gallery or a museum); do you think that school trips now have a tendency to overcomplicate?
Thanks to Sarah Holt, Editor School Travel Organiser, for permission to reproduce this article.
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