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Celtic comics

Call on your creativity and craft a Celtic comic celebrating some of the most famous symbols of Scotland.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Sticky tack
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Big pieces of paper
All things Scottish
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Before you begin

  • The person leading the activity should print multiple copies of the ‘All things Scottish’ sheet.

Create a Celtic comic

  1. The person leading the activity should ask the group what they know about Scotland.
  1. Divide the group into teams of around three. Give each team at least one copy of the 'All things Scottish' sheet.
  2. Explain to everyone that they will be making comics from the images on the sheet. Each comic should contain at least three of the Scottish things from the sheet. Give the teams time to come up with a story that involves the three images they have chosen.
  3. Give each team a sheet of A3 paper, a ruler, coloured pencils, scissors and glue. They will also need a dark pencil.
  4. Use the pencil and ruler to divide the A3 sheet into six equal squares. Each square will act as a panel of the story, beginning at the top left and ending in the bottom right square.
  5. The teams can use scissors and glue to cut out and stick any images they want to use from the sheet or draw their own versions. Give the teams around half an hour to complete their comics, with a warning when there’s five minutes left.
  6. Come back together as a group. Each team presents their comics to the rest of the group, with each member of the team taking turns to tell the story. After each story has been told, the person leading the activity should stick each comic up on the wall with sticky-tack.

Reflection

In this activity we celebrated all the things that make up the culture of Scotland, reminding us that we are international citizens. Everyone should take a moment to think about their own culture, what represents them? Think about foods, music, clothing and animals. Are there any symbols shared by nations? Animals like eagles and lions are used by many different countries.

This activity also required the skill of storytelling. It can be difficult to write a story quickly, how did young people come up with their stories? Sometimes it is easiest to start at the end and work backwards, just like remembering where you lost something by retracing your steps. Praise young people for working well together to tell their stories.

Safety

Scissors

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people

Glue and solvents

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.