Draw your own superhero at Hartlepool art sessions

Artist Ingi Jensson with Poppy McDonald (4) draw together during a workshop organised by Cleveland College of Art and Design
Artist Ingi Jensson with Poppy McDonald (4) draw together during a workshop organised by Cleveland College of Art and Design

Drawing fans can create their own superhero in sessions being held in Hartlepool.

Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) wants young artists and budding superheroes to come along to a series of free ‘Draw Your Own Superhero’ workshops.

Artist Ingi Jensson with Poppy McDonald, four, draw together during a workshop organised by Cleveland College of Art and Design

Artist Ingi Jensson with Poppy McDonald, four, draw together during a workshop organised by Cleveland College of Art and Design

They are being held as part of the build up to the Festival of Illustration which takes place during June.

The festival has its own pop-up studio in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, where college staff and students will help children draw their own superhero. All materials will be provided free of charge.

Helping the young artists is Ingi Jensson, an international cartoonist and illustrator who specialises in educational illustration. Ingi has been making comics and cartoons for Icelandic newspapers and magazines since 1999 and ran his own comic making school in Iceland for kids and adults alike.

Since 2009, Ingi has been working with primary schools in the North East of England, providing cartoon, comic making and drawing workshops.

I have based my whole career on the enthusiasm I had as a child for the comic form. Being able to pass that passion on to others is my professional goal in life

Ingi said: “I have based my whole career on the enthusiasm I had as a child for the comic form. Being able to pass that passion on to others is my professional goal in life.”

Workshops are being held every Thursday until May 28, from 3pm until 6pm, at the Festival of Illustration pop-up studio next to Specsavers in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

Lead by Cleveland College of Art & Design, in collaboration with Hartlepool Borough Council and Seven Stories, the Festival of Illustration is a free month-long event in Hartlepool which will bring world-renowned illustrators, cartoonists and comic artists to the town with exhibitions, a symposium, illustrators market, masterclasses, street market, storytelling and workshops.

Pat Chapman, head of employability and enterprise at CCAD, said: “We are looking forward to seeing the creative ideas and colourful drawings that the children produce. This is the first of a series of community activities for the Festival of Illustration and we encourage young people of all ages and abilities to come on down and try their hand at creating their very own superhero.”

Artist Ingi Jensson with Poppy McDonald (4) draw together during a workshop organised by Cleveland College of Art and Design

Artist Ingi Jensson with Poppy McDonald (4) draw together during a workshop organised by Cleveland College of Art and Design