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Sudbury: Acclaimed children’s illustrator scales up for school mural

PUBLISHED: 08:43 29 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:45 29 August 2014

a 12 metre mural has been painted at Tudor Primary School, Sudbury, by kids' author Rebecca Elliott and Jonathan Sandford. Left to right, Isaac Sandford, Jonathan, Rebecca and Toby Elliott.

a 12 metre mural has been painted at Tudor Primary School, Sudbury, by kids' author Rebecca Elliott and Jonathan Sandford. Left to right, Isaac Sandford, Jonathan, Rebecca and Toby Elliott.

When students return to their Sudbury primary school next week, they will be transported to a magical forest scene – courtesy of an acclaimed local illustrator.

A 12-metre wall of the building at Tudor Primary has been given an imaginative makeover by Rebecca Elliott, of Great Cornard, whose son Toby attends the school.

In 2011, Mrs Elliott was nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for one of her children’s books.

But she decided to scale up her work to give the school – which was put in special measures earlier this year following an Ofsted inspection – a lift.

She persuaded fellow artist Jonathan Sandford to help her paint a giant mural. Mrs Elliott said: “We love Tudor School – both of our sons attend and we wanted to do something nice for the children. So we came up with a design and spent seven mornings creating a colourful mural using spray paints, which was a first for me.”

The artists settled on an animal theme for the artwork, but rather than going for the usual African animals in bright primary colours, they decided to feature creatures the children might see in the UK – with just a little bit of artistic license.

Mrs Elliott added: “The idea was to make the children feel like they are walking through a woodland scene – although we do have a bear in there.”

Working on such a huge scale did not come naturally to Mrs Elliott, 34, who is more used to illustrating small books. However, she hasn’t ruled out the possibility of becoming Sudbury’s answer to Banksy.

She added: “It was quite hard work and I have never collaborated with anyone before so it was a new experience for me. I wouldn’t say no to doing another one though.”

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