Shoo Rayner

Shoo Rayner is a writer and illustrator who has published over 250 books for children, many of which have won prizes.  He illustrated the MudPuddle Farm series written by Michael Morpurgo, and has won awards with his successful YouTube channel “Draw Stuff Real Easy”.  He believes that drawing is as important as writing, having battled dyslexia as a child, and encourages children to “pick up a pencil and impress your friends and family”.

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How to draw Lavenham Guildhall

Colouring a Tudor building

Draw a Tudor House Lavenham GuldhallCopy and print Shoo's drawing of a Tudor building based on Lavenham Guildhall (which was used for some scenes of Harry Potter's Godrick's Hollow). You can then colour it in in any colour your like. Try a few!

How to draw Henry VIII


England had eight kings named Henry. Henry VIII is remembered for his six wives. Henry wanted a son to inherit the throne. So he married again and again, and had two of his wives executed. His children - Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth - later became rulers of England. The most famous was Elizabeth, the daughter of Anne Boleyn who had been put to death In 1536 when Elizabeth was only 3. She became one of England’s greatest queens.

How to draw Catherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth and last wife

Catherine Parr outlived Henry VIII. She was well-educated and could speak French, Latin, and Italian. She supported the arts and wrote and published her own books. Catherine was younger than Henry, who  was old and ill, and a painful wound on his leg made him bad-tempered. She was good with him and her three stepchildren: Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward, and made sure that Elizabeth and Edward had a good education.

Elizabeth I was queen for almost 45 years, a period we call the Elizabethan Age. She used dress and looks to impress with her power, so portraits were important. This one, "The Coronation portrait", shows her crowned, wearing the cloth of gold that she wore at her coronation on 15 January 1559. She holds the orb and sceptre, symbols of her authority.

How to draw Queen Elizabeth I

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