On Tuesday 13 February and Wednesday 14 February, Johanna Koye will be hosting a fantastic art class inspired by children’s literature for children. Two days of creativity, imagination and fun. Meeting a protean and inspirational artist.
Johanna Koye by Johanna Koye.
“My name is Johanna. I live between Paris and Ariège. I was born in the suburbs of Paris, grew up in Brittany and completed my university education in the south-west. I worked for several years on the African continent in the field of finance. One day, it no longer suits me. I feel I need to express myself. I’m moving to Paris. I’m looking for expression there. I’m interested in theater, cinema, museums and I spend a lot of time in bookstores and libraries. I participate in numerous art and literary meetings. In 2016 I gave birth to a daughter and discovered children’s literature . I signed up for evening courses in illustration, painting, visual expression and at EPSAA (Paris School of Visual Communication). From 2023 I will study narrative art at CESAN. I am exploring different forms of art, from drawing to cinematography (fiction, documentary, 2D animation ), including comics, writing and illustrating stories for young, volume creation and sound design.”
Where did the idea to offer a fine arts course inspired by children’s literature come from?
“Moved by the richness, beauty and creativity hidden in many children’s albums, today I want to offer children the opportunity to understand, dissect and draw inspiration from the artistic and narrative techniques they contain to try to create a collective album for young people. Tuesday 13. Wednesday 14., at therefore, during the school holidays, I offer a 2-day course for children aged 7 to 11. The course will take place in small groups of 6 to 8 participants. Equipment is included in the price. Each day starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. The day includes an hour break for lunch and 2 breaks of 10-15 minutes in the morning and afternoon. Snacks are provided during the breaks and interns bring their own picnic for lunch.”
How does this internship work?
“In advance, I will choose a children’s album and prepare the necessary material. During the course, I will read the album, we will analyze the techniques, we will do small exercises to test the analyzed techniques, we will try to write a simple story inspired by the structure, theme and tone used, we will create a simple railway and we will divide the two-page creation into small groups .During the course, I provide impulses thanks to clear proposals that give the students a framework and at the same time leave room for interpretation, freedom of expression and creation.”