WELCOME TO THE MENAGERIE

We have been running Design, Art & Storytelling classes for children, teenagers and adults for over 5 years. Our classes for children aged 5 and up seek to develop both creative design thinking alongside foundational art skills. Each week is the celebration of the life and works of a different artist or designer. We also run puppet workshops that encourage making, imagination and storytelling.

Susan Roan

Susan Roan is an artist/illustrator and lecturer in Communication Design at Glasgow School of Art. She is a graduate from Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where she studied Communication Art and Design. She was awarded a distinction in her PG Cert in Learning and Teaching from the University of the Arts, London. Her practice-based research explores historical and contemporary representations of childbirth. She was recently short-listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. 

Lorna Gallagher

Lorna Gallagher is an illustrator and primary school teacher with an arts and literacy specialism. She graduated in illustration from Glasgow School of Art in 2003 and worked as a freelance designer and animator before training as a primary school teacher. Lorna has extensive experience in working with children and is particularly interested in how children develop language, communication and creativity skills. She is currently working on a childrens book.

Lorna has a recent Disclosure check (2016) and is currently registered on the PVG scheme.


Quotes

Zoe, age 9
“It was fun. My favourite things was the character design and portraiture because there was a serious side and a fun side”

Nessie, aged 7
“I love drawing in the class because it is quiet”

Skye, age 9
“I have learned how to draw better”

Alexander, age 12
“Great resources”

Sasha, age 10
“It’s exciting and it’s not like school. I have learned how to draw a proper portrait and profile.”

Lauren, aged 11
“I loved watercolour because I never knew how to use it before”

Lola, age 10
“It is so fun, you learn a lot, you can use your imagination, it’s epic!”

Iris, age 9
“I loved learning about the face because most people just draw a nose, mouth and eyes, but it’s much more”

Emil aged 13
“I liked the fun of the sessions with an objective for the end product”

James, age 13
“I have enjoyed pushing my imagination to draw strange characters”

Ailsa 13
“The classes are really great because you learn millions of new skills. I loved colour mixing: I didn’t know so many colours existed”