Little artists learn from the best on Sheffield wards

IMG 1 Ellie Thompson, aged 10, Pete Mckee and Rory Mason, aged 12
IMG 1 Ellie Thompson, aged 10, Pete Mckee and Rory Mason, aged 12
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An ICONIC city artist treated sick children to a masterclass in drawing as part of a new project at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

As part of his new role as the patron of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity’s art programme, Artfelt, Pete McKee laid on a one-to-one workshop for the youngsters.

In one of the hospital classrooms the Sheffield-born artist, known for his quirky cartoons of local people, taught the children how to draw different expressions.

Pete said: “It’s a great honour to be a patron of a fantastic programme like Artfelt.

“I stayed in hospital as a child, and so has my son, so I know how important it is to have a pleasant environment while being looked after - it can make you less anxious and really help speed up recovery.”

The charity-funded project aims to brighten a child’s stay in hospital with the creative workshops, even if they are staying for just for a few hours.

Ten-year-old Ellie Thompson, who has been a patient of the hospital since 2011 when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, took part in the class.

Mum Lindsey Thompson, of Jordanthorpe, said: “Workshops like these, where Ellie can work with someone one-to-one, are fantastic for her confidence - she really thrives this way.

“Our neighbour has one of Pete’s drawings on their wall so it’s lovely for Ellie to be learning from someone so successful in the art world like him.

“The classroom here is brilliant because Ellie is very studious and misses school a lot as we have to attend clinics every week for blood tests.”

Artfelt will continue working with new artists and designers to help brighten the hospital and bring a smile to the children’s faces.

The project leaders hope the workshops will help children to socialise and enjoy themselves.

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