WHO IS QUENTIN BLAKE?
OUR NAME GIVER AND HIS WORK
We are really very proud that Sir Quentin Blake is the namesake of our school.
Sir Quentin Blake was born in Sidcup/London on December 16, 1932 and is England’s most popular cartoonist and illustrator. Actually, every child knows his drawings, or at least every adult. He has illustrated over 300 books, mostly children’s books. He became internationally known for his distinctive illustrations for Roald Dahl’s children’s books, including ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Matilda’.
FUN FACT: Our school logo was designed by him personally.
In 2002, the naming ceremony of our school took place, to which Sir Quentin Blake was also invited. , It was a happy and eventful day – the entire school community was delighted with his visit! Quentin Blake drew in the school auditorium and implemented the children’s suggestions with a quick stroke. He created some pictures that he then colored with watercolors. He patiently and in a good mood answered the many questions of the interested students.
We recommend watching videos of Quentin Blake creating and discussing his artwork. It’s really exciting to see how quickly his drawings are created.
The link below shows a video of Sir Blake creating a large scale mural called ‘The Taxi Driver’ during Hastings Contemporary in February 2020. The mural was part of the acclaimed We Live in Worrying Times exhibition, which ran at the gallery from April 2020 to September 2021.
WHEN QUENTIN BLAKE VISITED OUR SCHOOL…
“I am very aware that it is a long time since I visited the school.
What I will do now is to look at my diary for 2011 and find a date in the weeks before the Easter break, or very soon after.”
On October 19, 2010, Quentin Blake sent us these lines in response to our invitation.
On May 16, 2011, Quentin Blake’s visit, which we all so eagerly awaited, finally took place. After being received in the library, he entered the assembly to thunderous applause.
The children listened intently to his words. He then drew imaginative figures with light strokes, explaining that drawing is so wonderful because you can turn the images you imagine into reality. This is how the enchanting figures with wings, four legs or five or rather arms came about?
Weeks in advance, the classes had made pictures and illustrations that adorned the walls and ceilings throughout the school building. The many cockatoos that soared through the air with astonishing ease were striking.
The visit was over in the late afternoon. Impressed and overwhelmed, one watched Quentin Blake driving away, a little sad, but with many new inspirations.