Collaborator Profile: Quick Draw Stories

Quick Draw Stories run a range of art workshops throughout Sutton. They took part in our Light & Dark festival, running a series of workshops at the Honeywood Museum called Magical Zoetropes.
Quick Draw Stories

Tell us a little bit about your group.

We're a husband and wife arts education team who met while studying illustration. 

Quick Draw Stories is all about creating fun drawing and writing exercises to build creative confidence. We have a love of comics, illustration, children's books and any kind of sequential art, all of which informs our unique teaching methods.

Our services include workshops, after-school clubs, holiday clubs, birthday parties and home tutorials.

How were you involved in Sutton STEAMs Ahead?

We ran an event at Honeywood Museum called Magical Zoetropes, involving an exhibition of zoetropes and family zoetrope-making workshops. Valentina from SDNA lent a hand documenting the event with photos and videos.
A man stood at the end of a pool table with zoetrope equipment laid out
A woman sampling a zoetrope to a small boy
Husband and wife duo, Mark Pembrey and Zoe Scammell, brought zoetrope animation-based fun to Honeywood Museum.

Were there any highlights and/or take-aways from being part of Sutton STEAMs Ahead?

We made connections with Sutton STEAMs Ahead organisers and local artists who attended. We were encouraged to attend the Arts Network Sutton’s AGM, which was a very useful networking event. Families who attended the workshops engaged, experimented, and showed us the potential of the zoetrope-making exercise with its links to maths, engineering and other step-by-step processes.

What does STEAM mean to you?

STEAM is a useful grouping of topics and practices that overlap and intermingle. It's important that Art is acknowledged as being a part of and not separate from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. We're passionate about all these topics and we believe the most interesting results come from meeting places between them. Creativity in any area generates expression, experimentation and enjoyment.

What’s up next for your group?

We will continue to engage with activities that Sutton STEAMs Ahead and Sutton Council have to offer. We have a new weekly event for families starting in January called Wild Things Art Den. This will take place in the Garden Hall at The Lodge, in the grounds of Sutton Ecology Centre in Carshalton. We continue to run weekly after school clubs at Sutton High School and we are keen for involvement with other schools in the borough, whether for one-off workshops, holiday clubs or after-school clubs. We feel our involvement with Sutton STEAMs Ahead has given us confidence to branch out and make new connections. We would also like to work with more museums, libraries and other venues besides schools.
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