Cinema and the Arts as Sermons: THE ART OF E. H. SHEPARD


Video from Pete Beard


"When I first started teaching illustration I was shocked when I realised that quite a few of the students thought that Winnie the Pooh was a Disney creation. Sadly, that was the version they had grown up with. This is a tribute to Ernest Shepard, the visual originator of Winnie the Pooh, and an illustrator with a remarkable body of other work lasting the best part of seven decades." from video introduction


Winnie-the-Pooh is a fictional teddy bear created by English author A. A. Milne and English illustrator E. H. Shepard.

The first collection of stories was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928).

Winnie-the-Pooh was written around a teddy bear owned by A A Milne’s son, Christopher Robin. Many of the other characters – including Piglet and Eeyore – were also based on Christopher Robin’s toys.

The setting for their adventures is inspired by Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, which was close to where Milne and his family lived.

E H Shepard is best known for his work on Winnie-the-Pooh and The Wind in the Willows, he had a varied career as an artist and he illustrated many other books and magazines.

During World War One, Shepard worked for the Intelligence Department sketching maps of combat, and he also received the Military Cross for his work as acting captain of his battery. During the war and afterwards, he worked for the satirical magazine Punch. After the Pooh books were published, A A Milne invited the illustrator to share royalties with him.

there are may life lessons and skills that children and adults learn from Winne the Pooh.

Be connected to your emotions and remember to have gratitude, develop empathy and be patient, believe in yourself and have faith.

God is found in all things and all people, don't forget to thank him and praise him!