Dr Walker's Church of England Primary School

An Exceptional Place to Flourish


In this lesson today we are going to be really exploring illustrations in stories and the effect they can have on how the reader feels. Quentin Blake is very good at using colour to change how you might feel about what we can see in a picture. Just look at these different pictures of the Green Ship.

In each picture you can see the Green Ship. Whilst it is a little different in each picture, the main thing that changes is the colours in the picture. Look at each picture of the Green Ship and think about how it makes you feel about it. What emotions does it make you think of? Happiness? Fear? Worry?
Quentin Blake draws his pictures, carefully choosing the colours he will use, to help the reader to feel more of how the characters would feel. For example, in the first picture, all the glowing yellow colours around the Green Ship make it look almost magical, golden, an very exciting. However, when it has the pink clouds in the sky in the second picture it makes me feel very calm and relaxed. It reminds me of nice warm Summer days. How do they make you feel?

For your challenge today I'd like you to think of the object you designed yesterday for your own story. I want you to draw 4 different pictures of your object in the woods. You can change the scene a little bit in each one, but I want you to really think about what colours you use in the picture to change how it makes you feel when you look at it. So if you want to make it look scary how would you draw and colour it? If you want to make it feel happy and relaxing how would you draw and colour it?

Once you have finished all 4 pictures you could write a sentence about each 1 explaining what colours you chose and why.