Local children explore the world of Winnie the Witch at the Corn Hall

Following on from the visit of the internationally acclaimed children’s illustrator Korky Paul to the Corn Hall to open his exhibition and lead a charmingly interactive ‘Read & Draw’ Saturday Club workshop, the Arts & Heritage team at the Corn Hall offered the opportunity for local schools to fully engage with the artist and his work.

Students from Spooner Row School, Scole Primary School and 1st Garboldisham Brownies were enchanted by Korky Paul’s intricate drawings and were able to explore his career and artistic talent through an activity day tailored to the needs of each group. Each received a custom designed Arts Award Discover booklet which led them through their discovery with the facilitation of the workshop leaders. The mini challenges enthralled and engaged the students who developed their storytelling and creative writing skills, discovered the newly renovated Corn Hall with behind-the-scenes access of a working multi-arts venue, and used the gallery as inspiration for their creative response to Korky Paul’s work.

The activity day was a collaboration between Corn Hall staff and volunteers and the local Diss library, with Diss Publishing catering for the sale of Korky Paul illustration books at the exhibition launch.

After the roaring success of our Korky Paul activity days with schools and groups we hope to run similar events in the future. If you’re interested in getting involved in any way drop Sophie a line at [email protected]

Don’t forget to visit our FREE Korky Paul exhibition before it finishes on the 5th April! Open 10am-4pm daily (apart from Sundays). Along with the amazingly detailed prints, there’s lots of Winnie the Witch books which your little ones can read on our chilled out bean bags in the Main Gallery. Plus there’s Winnie the Witch word-searches, and colouring-in a plenty. Perfect Easter holiday fun!

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Feedback from teachers, visitors, and students alike!

“We’ve had a great day and the children were really engaged.”

“A fantastic opportunity for the children to see firsthand the illustrations of some of their favourite book.”

“…a very interesting and enjoyable evening…”

“We liked the art in the gallery and how they put all the illustrations from the Winnie books in the gallery. We thought the scavenger hunt was really good and the whole Corn Hall was great.” Amie and Tilly (Age 8 and 7)

“I adored the trip to the Corn Hall. I have been there many times before. My favourite Korky Paul illustration was the ‘Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin’ because it had loads of life in it. We did fun activities. It was my dream!” Evie (Age 8)

“The Corn Hall exhibition was stunning. I learnt so much about art. The gallery was magical not just to see Korky Paul’s art but to also see older children’s art was amazing. I would definitely recommend it because the art is so good.” Casey (age 8)

“I went to see Korky Paul and it was amazing from beginning to end, it was fascinating to see the brilliant illustrations come to life from the talented artist. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The magic tickets were a perfect touch, giving children the perfect chance to win a book or painting.” Sophie (age 11)

“Just to say a huge thank you to Sophie and Jess for making us feel so welcome last night and to Sue and Sally for their help too. The Corn Hall is a lovely venue and, after speaking to some of the children today, the feedback about the evening was very positive. Two girls in particular were able to talk about what they did in lots of detail to other children and obviously really enjoyed themselves. I hope you are able to follow up the workshops with more in the future and that word spreads about the events.” Carol, 1st Garboldisham Rainbows and Brownies Leader