Earlier this year Hayley Potter, Illustration Lecturer, visited Sacred Heart International School in Tokyo.

Hayley visited the school alongside Chizu Frankish, Senior International Officer, to meet prospective students and share her own experience of studying and teaching Art & Design in the UK.

With the support of their tutor Steve Tootell, Hayley ran a workshop for the students, introducing them to image led narrative and concertina book making, two things taught on both BA (Hons) Illustration and MA Illustration.

Hayley tells us more about her trip:  “Each student was asked to use the photographs I supplied as inspiration for at least one character for the book – the rest was left open to their interpretation and imagination, but the book must have a sequence.  It was an absolute pleasure teaching at Sacred Heart, the girls came up with some very original, witty and exciting short narratives and I was very impressed with their drawing ability for this level.  I especially enjoyed the references to Japanese Folklore and animation in their books.  

The school was so happy with the workshop, they decided to run it across all year groups.  This included the students I had taught transferring the skills they had learned to the children in Kindergarten. In the end, so many students in the school had taken part in the workshop after I had left, Steve and I felt it was only right for me to judge the best (which was very difficult).  He kindly sent the books to AUB for me to judge.   

The winners were Giulia, Naho and Sunwoo, who all created imaginative and resolved responses with great consideration for character consistency. As prizes, I sent them some concertina books by the independent UK publisher No Brow, as further inspiration for the students’ illustrations and research.  Each winner received some cards of my artwork, with some feedback on why they had won the competition and some tips for their creative future.   

Chizu and I would like to thank the school and Steve Tootell for welcoming us to his class and introducing us to some very talented students. We look forward to our return and to welcoming some of Sacred Heart’s students to AUB.”