Islington Museum, London

Felicity Pollard, 16.06.2014
Popular children’s author, illustrator and paper engineer John O’Leary teamed up with Islington Museum during April and May to run a series of pop-up book sessions for local schools and families in the Islington borough.

Rebecca Campbell-Gay, the museum’s education officer, initially approached O’Leary having heard about his popular family workshops held at Barbican library.

Funding from the Word Festival went toward 20 workshops with 12 local schools and about 600 students taking part.

An exhibition of O’Leary’s sketches, notes, mock-ups, final images and books also went on display at the museum. Two family days were held in May for drop-in groups, and these proved extremely popular. The family workshops were funded by the council’s Local Initiative Fund.

Children from the ages three to 15 developed their skills in basic pop-up techniques using card and scissors, storytelling, character development, drawing, good listening and collaborative working.

Islington Museum’s learning volunteers helped support the school and family workshops.

All the children who took part were invited to attend a celebration at the museum with their families to see their work on display and teach their parents some of their new skills.

Felicity Pollard is a learning volunteer at Islington Museum