There have been smiles, laughs and even a few tears in The Courier office over the past few weeks as the team sifted through thousands of colourful portraits of the region’s finest fathers.
Our Draw Your Dad project invited P3 and P4 pupils from all over Courier Country to celebrate the most important men in their lives and see their pictures in print in the run-up to Father’s Day.
In all, more than 3,000 bright and beautiful images were sent in by youngsters in Dundee, Angus, Fife and Perthshire and we hope the local dads have enjoyed seeing their children’s artwork and messages as much as we have.
Marketing executive Sharon Methven said the scheme had been such a resounding success that she is already making plans for a Draw Your Mum project next year.
“It has been well received and the feedback we have had has been very positive,” she said. “I have been very pleased with the number of submissions. A
“As this is our first venture of this type, I had no idea what the response would be like but we have been inundated with pictures – the schools have done themselves proud.”
Perth & Perthshire schools
Dundee schools (part 1)
Dundee schools (part 2)
Fife schools (part 1)
Fife schools (part 2)
The pictures and messages have provided a fascinating insight into the children’s relationships with their fathers and many of the pictures stood out for being funny, cute or particularly touching.
Sharon said she enjoyed images of: “Dads raiding the sweetie drawer, dads making great potatoes and dads being loved more than cheese! They really made me laugh, especially the sweetie drawer one – it sounds just like home.”
Not all of the children chose to depict their dads, and it was wonderful to see their affection for the other father figures and male role models who play important roles in their lives.
Courier editor Richard Neville was also thrilled by the success of Draw Your Dad.
“To have had more than 3,000 drawings from schools across our patch has been amazing,” he said. “There is something very special about the way children see their fathers and those who have a guiding influence on their lives.
“And I was really encouraged to hear that many of the schools used the
project to allow pupils the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings and discuss the male role models in their lives, which is important.
“Do I have a favourite? Perhaps, but it would be unfair to say; they are all great and have given the team at The Courier much to smile about.
“Next year, it will be the turn of the mums as we celebrate Mother’s Day, so crayons at the ready.”