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Mark Bradley: Comics and wellbeing

Language: English
Genre: Adventure, Art, Graphic novels, Humour, Illustration, Wellbeing
Age group: 3-5, 6-8
Audience: Children
Topics: Empathy

Join comic book artist Mark Bradley as he lets us into the world of Bumble and Snug and the Angry Pirates. Mark discusses the importance of comics and how they can form an important part of our reading and learning. He also demonstrates how feelings and emotions influence his character design. Get your paper and pencils ready to follow along as Mark teaches us how to draw our own Bugbops!

Shorter clips of the event are available on the BBC Scotland Learning website(this link will open in a new window).

If you only do one thing...

We know time is tight so here is just one activity you could do with your class before or after watching the event.

Create your own comic character (EXA 1-02a, EXA 1-05a)

Split pupils into pairs. Each person in the pair draws a random shape or squiggle, then swaps their piece of paper with a partner. Now, ask the pupils to turn their shape into their own character. Top tip: starting with the eyes can really help bring them to life!

See below for our mental health awareness resources, including our resource of mental health and wellbeing activities that can be used to develop emotional literacy and wellbeing using any book.