Chalk De Ville

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

What is Chalk De Ville?

What is it? - Chalk De Ville is an interactive three dimensional black board environment.

How can it be used?- Chalk De Ville provides a interactive frame work for educational work shops. supporting cross curricular themas, incorporating drawing, text, photography and role play.

Where can it be used?- Chalk De Ville is quick, flexible, portable and self contained, it can be set up and adapted to suit a variety of locations with interactive work shops delivered by Club Shepway artists.

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Chalk De Ville workshop downloads

Chalk De Ville Downloads 

Here you can download the information you will need to take part in the Regional Book Of Beasts work shops.
You can also take part at home, simply scan your drawing and upload it to the Chalk De Ville online gallery

© Matt Rowe 2009

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Download activity sheets

Download primary resource pack

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

What is The The medieval book of beasts?

In the Middle Ages, people believed that studying animals allowed them to read the Divine Order as written in the natural world. Medieval bestiaries illustrated beasts in stunning detail and explained their scientific nature as well as their allegorical significance.This bestiary, dating from the mid-13th century and preserved at the Bodleian Library in Oxford since the early 17th century, is one of the finest medieval English bestiaries. It is clearly the work of a master artist and was probably destined for an aristocratic home.This exquisite facsimile contains reproductions of all 137 folios and 135 miniatures: their original gold leaf is superbly rendered in high-quality foiling. The volume includes a detailed introduction by Christopher de Hamel which provides a context for bestiaries in general and "MS. Bodley 764" in particular, along with a discussion of the manuscript's provenance and style.

Find the book here

Monday, 6 October 2008

Folkestone Book Festival 2009

Chalk De Ville's Maiden Voyage will be at the 2009 Folkestone Book Festival  see all that is going here:

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Monster Research In Paris

LE MONTE-EN-L'AIR 6 rue des panoyaux. M énilmontant, Paris

On Location in Paris I stumbled across LE MONTE-EN-L'AIR, an amazing resource for graphic novels and illustration. Amongst the racks of self publicised books and zines i found three little books featuring monsters and beasts.

Mini Zoo Logique By Joelle Jolivet
ISBN: 978-02-092710-9

This book has over 200 beautiful illustrations of animals from the land and sea providing great source material when developing designs for the regional book of beasts.

The Six Armed Girl
 by Sammy Stein
ISBN: 978-2-35634-005-4

This Little Publication has a nice selection of monsters invented by Sammy Stein including a seaweed beast (see images above).

 Universial Bestiaire by Professeur Revillod
ISBN: 978-2-7467-1176-1

Ever wondered what would happen if you crossed a Peacock a Camel and Cow?
This flip book alows you to mix and match all sorts of animal parts to create crazy outcomes, a must have for any serious monster designer.