A book created by an art student documenting her experience at Bradford College is being used to recruit future learners.

Inspired by an alumnus of the college, Ladybird illustrator Ernest Aris, BTEC art and design student Kristy Barrett created her own Ladybird book, called ‘Kristy Goes to Bradford School of Art’.

The book, which she submitted as coursework, tells the story of her educational journey from a high school pupil to an art student at the college.

Copies of the book will be produced by the college and distributed to homes across the region, particularly to people who have shown an interest in starting an art course in September.

“We were asked to design something about Bradford College and inspired by a past student,” said Kristy. “I researched our famous alumni and discovered that Ladybird book illustrator Ernest Aris studied here in 1900.

“I feel really proud that potential new students will be receiving my book. I hope they like it.”

Nikki Sheen, a course tutor for level three art and design, said: “When I was assessing Kristy’s work I nearly cried as it made me so happy. 

“She has written it herself and done all the illustrations. It’s a beautiful piece of work.”


Main photo: Kristy and her book

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