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James Mayhew

Language: English
Genre: Art, Inspiration
Age group: 6-8, 9-11

James Mayhew, author of the Katie books (a great early introduction to art) talks to a live audience of primary school children about his passion for art, his beautiful illustrations and his stories, as well as painting live in the studio!

If you only do one thing

We know time is tight, so here is an activity you could do with your class before or after watching the broadcast.

Meet the characters  LIT 2-07a, EXA 2-07a

Imagine that you meet each of the characters that Katie meets in the story. Come up with a question to ask each of them about their job. Think about finding out about likes and dislikes about the job or what life was like in their time.

Extension activity LIT 2-07a/EXA 2-07a

Look at an image of each of the original paintings shown in the story. Choose one that interests you particularly and ask questions about what you can see in the image and how it makes you feel. Pair up with someone who has chosen a different painting and ask, answer and discuss your questions.

For shorter video clips from this event, visit the BBC Scotland Learning(this will open in a new window) website.

A full transcript of the event is available to download.

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