Pupils draw on ‘toilet humour’

Bede Academy student Jack Taylor works on an illustration for a new book entitled A Time of Innocence
Bede Academy student Jack Taylor works on an illustration for a new book entitled A Time of Innocence

STUDENTS in Blyth were flushed with pride after being asked to illustrate a book characterised by the toilet humour of boys living in the 1960s.

Years 7 and 8 students studying Key Stage 3 art at Bede Academy were offered the chance to draw cartoons for a new book – A Time of Innocence – written by local author Nick Greenwell.

The book chronicles the antics of the author and his friends living in 1961, complete with their humorous toilet habits.

Head of art Eileen Bushby led a special workshop with the author and children to talk through the various anecdotes and how best to illustrate them.

Starting with faces and expressions, they moved on to movement and dressing the characters, eventually coming up with four boys, teachers, a policeman, parents and a barber’s shop.

Students worked on the drawings in teams with the sketches going to a design company that will adapt them for publication.

Student Jack Taylor said: “It was an amazing experience, particularly for me as I would love to be an illustrator one day.”

Ms Bushby, who once taught the author’s daughter, said: “I heard Nick was writing the book and thought it would be great for our students to provide the illustrations.

“I was thrilled when he agreed as it is a wonderful opportunity for our children.

“We took as the style the cartoons of Dudley Watkins, who produced the comic Oor Willy, which the author’s gang would have read in the 1960s.

“We really can’t wait for the book to be published.”