Thank you from Canada! January 2014
"I have watched all your videos and I just wanted to thank you for putting them out there!! You are so fun to listen to and have really inspired me. :-)"
Visit to Lostock Hall Community Primary School During Book Week 19th Nov 2013
"Wow! Thank you so much for such a fantastic day! You worked with all our KS1 children from Reception to Y2 and were truly inspirational. The children loved your energy, enthusiasm and we were all in awe of your talent! Your visit was summed up perfectly by one of our parents, saying her daughter was 'captivated' by you! There's no better feedback than that. Thank you once again, Lynne for a fantastic day, bringing illustrations alive for our children and giving them a renewed enthusiasm for reading and books. Hope to welcome you back in the near future."
ASCEL Conference (Annie Everall) 8th & 9th Nov 2013
"You were a fantastic sketcher-in-residence, who perfectly encapsulated the conference theme of communication by demonstrating your communication skills through illustrations. A HUGE thank you Lynne."
Off The Shelf Festival in Sheffield Libraries 23rd Oct 2013
"Enthusiastic, Energetic, Entertaining, Professional just a few words to describe Lynne. Visiting three Sheffield Libraries in one day to deliver sessions to children, Lynne has the ability to inspire and entertain. I would definitely recommend Lynne and hope to work together in the future. "
Denbighshire Libraries' Children's Book Week October 7-8 2013
"Lynne’s visits are always a huge hit with the children, teachers and librarians and guaranteed to get everyone buzzing about books, stories and illustrations. She brings energy, enthusiasm, skill and experience to each session, interacting brilliantly with the children. She can work with a wide range of ages and is very skilled at adapting her session as needed. Lynne has made many visits to our libraries over the years and she is a joy to work with – organised, flexible and a lovely person! (Bethan M Hughes, Reading Services Manager) "
Off the Shelf - Creating a Picture Bookwith Lynne Chapman 12th Oct 2013
"Fantastic event with Lynne Chapman at Highfield Library, Sheffield. Lynne gave a very entertaining & informative talk to adults about all the stages involved in creating a children's picture book and inspired many budding artists to start putting their ideas on to paper. Everyone said how much they had enjoyed the afternoon. Thanks Lynne"
Jackfield Infants School in Stoke June 2013
"My lilley-mae is 6 years old and starts her day with me getting up your blog page so she can see what your doing. She writes her own stories and does beautiful sketches to go with them. She has been a massive fan and more so, since you came to Jackfield Infant School. So thank you for sharing your work with us all xxxx"
Lynn Albrink-Witt Saying hello from New York
""One day I came across sketches from you by accident and loved them. Back then I never had a sketchbook before. Now I have almost filled up an entire book and sketch whenever I can. I love it! All thanks to you! So... thank you :)"
iTeach - Young Author's Workshop April 2013
"I'm having an Illustration Day where I will be using the activities on your website and introducing the children to you using one of your videos! I cannot thank you enough for making your website and YouTube activities available, to help children learn about the world of authors and illustrators. There are no amount of words to express how much of an inspiration you have been to me as well as the children. I follow your blog and you have inspired me to drop my fears and go out on my own sketchcrawls."
Ellis Guilford EIP; day workshops: Creative Writing through Illustration Nov 2012
""Lynne provided an engaging and interactive session, using her big and bold illustrations as a springboard for a new approach to writing. Children and staff alike, tried new ways to create characters and develop stories based on their own drawings. It motivated some of our more reluctant writers in surprising ways and gave staff another skill set in their writing tool kit. Importantly it was also aspirational and great fun to work with such an enthusiastic and warm published illustrator - highly recommended!" "
St Margaret Mary's Catholic Primary School March 2013
"A big, big thank you for the visits at our school; the children absolutely loved working with you and the work that has followed over the last couple of weeks has been fantastic! - Amy Storer (Assistant Headteacher) "
Illustration and Writing Workshop 4th December 2012
"My daughter was one of the children that you visited at Gorseybrigg Primary School on Tuesday. The kids loved your Illustration Workshop. Anya has been raving about it, and you, ever since! It was truly inspirational. Thank you very much, indeed. "
Old Basford School November
"Two brilliant, entertaining days. All of our 7 and 8 year olds got really involved with illustrating and writing alongside you. Thank you very much for the memories you have created for our children. "
Illustration workshops 13th August 2012
"Two more great events as part of the Summer Reading Challenge from Lynne, as she encouraged the children to draw. I think we have some up and coming artists and Lynne is an encouraging, patient and enthusiastic tutor"
Illustration workshop - Ecclesall Library, Sheffield 1st August 2012
"Thank you soooo much for a wonderful, inspirational afternoon yesterday, my girls and I loved it and left feeling truly inspired. Thank you. We think you are great! "
Derbyshire Literature Festival 12th May 2012
"Lynne ran a terrific illustration workshop as part of Derbyshire's Literature Festival where she worked with the children on how she develops her illustrations and different techniques. Both children and adults thoroughly enjoyed the session went away inspired to have a go at their own."
Beth Gordon, Longman's Hill Community Primary School 28th & 29th May
"After receiving excellent feedback from other schools on Lynne's workshops, we made the decision to book 2 days to enable the whole school to work with her. As school finances are tight, this was a big decision...and we are so glad we made it. The children were absolutely captivated from start to finish, as were the staff. I think Lynne has gained a new army of fans! Lynne is clearly a very talented artist, but the way she inspired the children was equally impressive. We would highly recommend her. Many thanks Lynne!"
Linton Children's Festival 13th May 2012
"Your enthusiasm for what you do was totally inspiring. The way you took drawing back to basics, to show how expression can be easily drawn with a few simple steps and how to start all characters from a basic ‘snowman’ starting point, gave the children simple tools to be able to start their drawings from. Explaining the process of making a book from start to finish and allowing us to see your work at every stage close up was a real treat. I think the highlight for us was your demonstration of the angle of limbs when a character is moving! My two daughters have been drawing non stop since the weekend! I think they will never draw a ‘straight’ leg again! Thank you."
Illustration Workshop at Bulwell Academy 23rd April 2012
"A fun, brilliant and rewarding day for our year 9 art students. Lynne was inspirational, with all the students creating several outstanding pieces of work. Thank you."
Greenaway Shadowing workshops at Ellis Guilford School April 26th 2012
"Many, many thanks for last week. We all thought it was a brilliant day and the evaluations were raving about you and the artwork! "
Kilnhurst Primary School March 2012
"The children (and staff) really enjoyed their time with Lynne and they have gone on to create some fabulous picture books themselves in follow-up sessions.Lynne was so energetic, enthusiastic and good fun! "
Storytelling and Book Illustration 27 February 2012
"The Berkshire Education Library Service spent a fabulous day with Lynne when 10 primary schools from throughout the Thames Valley joined us for a very lively storytelling and drawing session in the morning and a fascinating book illustration talk in the afternoon. The children were really inspired by her illustrations and had lots of perceptive questions about her work. The comment that will most remain with me was from a staff member in a Reading special school who said about one 8 year old pupil "I've never seen him draw before..." It was a memorable day for everyone. "
South Wigston High School & Arts College March 16th 2012
"Thank you for your fantastic contribution to our Learning 2 Learn Day. I have had lots of excellent feedback - everyone really enjoyed it. Like last year, the drawings produced were exceptional and everyone was buzzing with confidence. One or two pupils who felt they couldn't draw were so thrilled with their pieces - it was worth it for their smiles alone!"
St. Nicholas Primary, Hull 15th March 2012
"Thank you so much Lynn for the wonderful illustration session you did with Year 3. All the children were amazed at their own ability to draw after your inspiring tuition and they haven't stopped drawing yet! Your enthusiasm is catching and we now have several children who wish to be an author or an illustrator!"
Sophie Peach: Shrewsbury Bookfest March 2012
"Our warmest thanks to Lynne for coming and waving her magic wand over Shropshire children. She never fails but to delight her audiences both young and small. We always look forward to her visits and are all in awe of her endless enthusiasm and passion for her work."
Birkenshaw Middle School - pupil feedback Feb 24th 2012
"I thought it was going to be boring but I’ve changed my mind. It was excellent! I was impressed with her mini sketch pad, especially the man she drew on the train; - It was brilliant finding out how she wrote and drew her books; – I thought the talk was very informative and that Lynne Chapman was a good illustrator. She took us through the whole process of making a book and drew a really good koala picture; - I found Lynne really talented and made me want to draw more! - "
Jo Davis St. Nicholas C.E. Primary School, Hurst, Reading 28th. February
"Lynne inspired our whole school energetically and inspirationally with whole class interactive story-telling and engaging and interaining instructional illustration workshops for large groups of children. All pupils and staff were spell-bound by Lynne's amazing skill and lively, witty and entertaining personality. What a perfect celebration of world Book Week! Well done Lynne and thank you! All children have proudly completed their moving images, employing your highly valued tips and techniques. The result is phenomenal, for all, even those who did not consider themselves artists! Might thanks Lynne!"
Birkenshaw Middle School and Hyrst Mount Junior in Kirklees 24th Feb
"Lynne held the attention of whole year groups (approx 90 children) for 1.5 hr. She is funny and interacts wonderfully with the children. They learned so much"
Every picture tells a story: a presentation and illustration workshop for adults and families at Batley Library 24th Feb
"brilliantly exuberant insght into the world of the illustrator! We learnt great techniques-small techniques for big effects. We loved this enriching workshop. Brilliantly presented but too short! But such good value. Thank you Lynne and Kirklees Libraries"
Every picture tells a story: a presentation and illustration workshop for adults and families 24/25th Feb 2011
"Fabulous,pacey workshop. I learnt loads from it, will get great enjoyment and pass on skills to family, friends and school pupils"
Highfields Primary School 25th November 2011
"Thank you for a fantastic day! All of the children had a wonderful time and have all been inspired to create their own stories (with illustrations.) Lynne, you were amazing with the children and pitched each workshop at the perfect level. Thank you again! "
Youth Library Group day-school lecture 22nd Nov '11
"Thank you for the brilliant presentation you gave for our YLG dayschool at Huddersfield yesterday. I have been collating the evaluation forms and 75% of the delegates said yours was the most interesting & useful session. Comments included: 'amazing' 'wonderful' 'a real eye opener' 'excellent finale to the day' 'very enjoyable' 'fascinating' 'inspiring' 'could have listened all day' 'absolutely superb' 'interesting & informative'. Many thanks again for your illuminating & uplifting contribution to our training offer. "
Westdale Infant School (Head Teacher) 19th Sept 2011
"The children and staff thought you were brill and we would certainly like to have you back again!"
'Llamas in Pyjamas' exhibition launch day July 30th 2011
"Lynne Chapman was brilliant with the children and there was a really nice atmosphere. The exhibition is excellent. I came away with books signed for various birthday and Christmas presents, and numerous badges! - Lynne Ashworth: Community Children's Librarian (Swinton and Clifton) "
Padfield Primary School June 2011
"Just wanted to tell you how much my two children enjoyed your visit to Padfield School. My daughter was patricularly inspired and has not stopped sketching at every opportunity while my son now knows Class 2 at the Zoo by heart! Thank you so much. PS We love your drawing from the staff room window "
Harrogate Children's Book Group June 25th 2011
"Thank you again for a most brilliant day, Lynne. I really enjoyed it and your sessions. And people's responses, small & big, made all the library negotiations and arrangements beforehand worthwhile. It was great! Penny x"
Padfield Primary School (from a parent) June 2011
"Just to say thank you for today. Oscar has demanded a sketch book and is now wandering around the house drawing feverishly. He is inspired. "
Gorseybrigg Junior School Dronfield 14th June 2011
"Thank you very much for coming, I really enjoyed myself. When I'm older I want to be an illustrator just like you. I think my favourite picture was Frank the koala bear and his girlfriend Sophie.By the way, my cat was a bit rubbish. You are a much better drawer than me. When I was young all I did was scribble. You are the first famous person I have ever met. Love from Scarlet. Year 2."
Young Readers Birmingham - Debbie Mynott 3rd June 2011
"What a fantatsic session Lynne delivered for us at two libraries, as part of Birmingham Libraries' Young Readers Festival! She kept the groups enthralled despite the disparate ages of the children, from toddlers to teens and even the parents. The children loved the storytelling and 'booktalking' but particulalry loved the hands on drawing session. I would highly recommend Lynne to any library or school. "
Albrighton Primary School (Millie Short age 6) March 2011
"Thank you for coming to our school. I will remember you always."
South Wigston High School & Arts College (Mrs J Corrall: Deputy Head) March 18th 2011
"Thank you so much for your fantastic contribution to our Learning 2 Learn Day. The pupils gained such a huge amount from your wonderful workshop. The drawings that they produced were brilliant and the enthusiasm and confidence they gained from success was great to see. They thoroughly enjoyed their day."
Valley School, Worksop (Janine Randall) Friday, 25th March 2011
"Thank you, Lynne for a wonderful day on Friday. The students in Yr 8(there was 60 of them!)had a fantastic time and everyone at the end of the workshops had produced a wonderful drawing of a dragon,even from those who said they couldn't draw. I think we all came away with a renewed passion for drawing and the day was truly inspirational. I would recommend Lynne to all schools and especially to secondary schools. Don't be fooled by the subject of picture books, so much was learnt on the day and just proves that you are never too old to learn new tricks! Thanks again, Lynne. "
Shrewsbury Bookfest: re events at Greenfield's Primary School March 17th 2011
"Thank you for the wonderful day you gave the children, with your lively presentations which were suited perfectly to the different age ranges. It was amazing to see your illustrations becoming more real before our eyes, with the children trying to guess what they might be. Your drawing workshops and illustration hints were superb at getting all the children involved, and I am certain every one of them will be inspired to write and illustrate their own stories after your visit. The huge queue for the book signing was a testament to how much you had inspired them, yet even with such numbers, you made each child feel entirely special. I am sure your visit will stay in their memories for a very long time to come. Very many thanks for giving us all an utterly brilliant day."
South Wigston High School Friday 18 March 2011
"Thank you so much Lynne, the pupils in year 9 thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and continue to try out new skills that you have shown them. All in all an excellent day."
Whitefield Primary School Book Week 3rd & 4th March 2011
"Thank you Lynne for a truly wonderful 2 days. The children loved every minute and the quality of their work was amazing and they were very proud of themselves. It was a great inspiration to our children to see and work with such a fantastic professional. Thank you!"
Sheffield Hallam University January 11th '11
"Hi Lynne - thank you very much for your truly inspirational talk today. I have never left that room with such a passion to go and draw. Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your anecdotes and tales with us, they were really interesting. "
Lecture at Sheffield Hallam University 11th Jan 2011
"I am a Graphic Design student from Sheffield Hallam and I just wanted to say thanks for coming in and speaking to us today. You really inspired us to get out and get drawing! So many students were saying enthusiastic things after the lecture so I just wanted to pass on everyone's thanks! "
'Off The Shelf', Manor Library, Sheffield (Parent's Feedback) October 20th 2010
"Lynne captured the children's imagination - the expressions on their faces said it all. Thank you so much for a lovely afternoon. Very inspirational! The childen were captivated and couldn't wait to start drawing. The children loved every minute of it and I know they would love to do something like this again. This afternoon was very good and interesting, The children really enjoyed it and so did I!"
Sawley Junior School, Long Eaton (Alison Burton: Head) 6th & 7th October 2010
"We spent 2 wonderful days working with Lynne. Lynne's passion for her work shone through her workshops - our children definitely were inspired to think they too could draw. They enjoyed listening to Lynne enthuse about her work and were keen and excited to have a go! We saw a standard of work from children who previously thought they couldn't draw! I would and will recommend Lynne to any school - 2 fantastic days, thoroughly enjoyed and very productive - many thanks."
Jenny (Stockport Libraries) Marple Festival Event 18th September 2010
"Thanks Lynne for a wonderful day - the illustration workshop in the morning was so inspirational and we had more than one of the children saying that they wanted to be illustrators afterwards! The storytime sessions were great fun and everyone was asking when you were going to be coming back to do some more!"
Fernwood Secondary School, Nottingham May 24th 2010
"I visited your blog, as you said today when you came to my school. I was one of the competition winners :D Your art is amazing!!! The master class was great too!!! :) "
Woodside Primary School (parent) March 17th
"You came to Woodside School last week and met my daughter. I just wanted to let you know how much she enjoyed your visit. I asked her if she enjoyed it and she said it wasn't what she was expecting, it was even better than anything she could have imagined."
Woodside Primary School Oswestry (Pam Parish - Library Service) March 17 2010
"Thank you so much for a wonderful day at Woodside. Both staff and children were inspired by your lively KS1 sessions, and can't wait to invite you back to work with KS2. Black Jake the pirate is now on my office wall!"
Hasland Infant School (Anna Lomas) March 10th 2010
"Many thanks for your memorable birthday (!) visit to Hasland Infant School. The children and teachers were full of praise for the fascinating workshops you ran. A book fair came the day after you left and we took record sales. The children have been so enthused about books and illustrating in particular. "
Margaret Beaufort Middle School (Liz Wickins) March 5th 201-
"Thank you so much Lynne for making our Book Day event our best yet. The children really enjoyed your presentation and were excited to meet you in their workshops. The quality of their illustrations shows how much you inspired them. Holding the attention of 180 Year 7 and 8s for 75 minutes was no mean feat and they all love you!"
Lyndon Green Infants (Julie Goldsworthy) March 8th 2010
"I just wanted to say how much the children - and staff- enjoyed your visit this week - we can't move for illustrations now! The children have been drawing both at school and at home - you have been fantastic inspiration! Thank you again."
Roundthorn Primary School in Oldham March 1st 2010
"A BIG thank you Lynne, for a very informative day. The children and staff loved your illustrations and were very interested to hear about your wonderful job! (Personally I was also very envious!) I have been browsing your website and loved looking through your sketchbooks, very inspiring and amusing! I will most certainly be dropping by again soon! Pat Wood "
Barlow Primary School 2nd March
"Lynne spent the day with us during our Book week and the children loved every minute !Everyone was inspired by her fantastic drawing and lively personality ! Thank you Lynne !"
Quadrant C Leading Edge Partnership, Nottingham 5 days in February 2010
"Lynne did 2 wonderful sessions with groups of 25 Year 7s in each of the 5 City secondary schools that make up this partnership.Her enthusiastic creativity really inspired the pupils to produce some really excellent drawings and illustrations. She also was very inspiring about being a writer and illustrator. This unsolicited email to Lynne sums up the sessions beautifully, "My son.... really enjoyed your visit and talked about nothing else when he came home from school. Art isn't his best subject but he really enjoys it even though he doesn't think he is very good, but he was really excited about your visit yesterday. Thank you once again.""
Emmaus Primary School, Sheffield 25th February 2010
"Thank you, Lynne, for a fantastic day. The children loved working with you and you have inspired us all. You are gifted with an amazing artistic talent and a wonderful way with children. We look forward to working with you again one day. Tahnk you!"
farnborough pupil nottingham feb 2010
"i would like to say thanks i really enjoyed your visit! i learned more skills and i now uses some of them skills to make the drawing come to life.so to say a big thank."
Chewton Mendip Primary 'Book week Safari' January 26th and 27th
"Lynne spent two days with us and worked with each class on creative story writing and illustrating. The children were inspired by her and have produced some fsntastic stories. It was great to see their enthusiasm."
Samantha Atick, Farnborough Secondary School (Nottingham) Feb 2010
"I just wanted to say thanks again for your inspirational talk this morning with Year 7 pupils at Farnborough School. It was a real pleasure to have you with us, and such a fantastic opportunity for the kids! Your presentation was right up their street - they seemed genuinely captivated, impressed and excited! I am sure they will be raving about it all for quite some time to come, not to mention the valuable skills they will have picked up too :) "
Frechville Library (Off The Shelf Festival, Sheffield) Oct 2009
"“The event was a great success and I would thoroughly recommend Lynne Chapman. She was brilliant with the children. Would love this kind of event for next year please”."
Jackie Mellor (Stockport Art Gallery) August 2009
"Thanks for your fantastic workshops. It was a great way to start our summer programme of activities, designed to bring reading to life. All of the children and parents had a great time and produced some really exciting work. It was also very inspiring to see your sketches of people on the train! What a productive and positive way to spend time on your arduous journey. Good luck with your exhibition - It looks great!"
Stoke-on-Trent City Libraries July 2009
"Great Workshop!Lynne made the workshop fun and interesting for children and adults.She was inspirational!You can tell she loves her work."
Harriet Turner (Woodthorpe Primary School) June 2009
"Everyone enjoyed working with Lynne - children, staff and parents. Her storytelling and illustration workshops inspired our budding artists and really increased children's motivation and enthusiasm for reading and writing. Lynne's after-school presentation to parents and friends of the school was also a great success. We have all appreciated the opportunity to work with such a talented communicator."
Helen Campbell (Sure Start Early Years Librarian, Barnsley ) Feb 2008
"It was a really inspiring and fun day. The children and school staff were enthralled (as was I)"
Lisa St.Denis (teacher, Normanton-on-soar Primary School) Nov 2007
"What a great day we had! The workshops were entertaining and interesting, and really provided an insight into the world of illustrating and publishing children's books.The children were totally engaged in the sessions - you had them in the palm of your hand!The children loved watching you draw and were inspired to have a go themselves. Your ability to work with all age groups was a real bonus."
Joanna Munro (organiser, Beverley Literary Festival) Oct 2007
"A fantastic day. The children enjoyed it very much and the feedback has been incredible. Your workshops were the highlight of the Children's Festival this year. Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience!"
Judy Levenson (teacher, North London Collegiate Junior School ) Oct 2007
"Thank you very, very much for a wonderful day. The girls and staff enjoyed your stories and watching you draw the animal characters. Some of the girls have already written their own stories about 'Mr Strongmouse'. They have not stopped talking about their exciting day."
Nabeelah Choudhury, (pupil, North London Collegiate School ) Oct 2007
"Everyone absolutely LOVED your talk and didn't stop talking about it all day. I especially liked your final treat where you showed us your illustration made from pastels."
Off The Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading
Norton College, Sheffield
The Shire Hall Gallery
Bookstart/Books for Babies