Children’s books play a critical role in childhood development, emotional intelligence, fostering creativity and intergenerational bonding. Essential to the success of a children’s book is the imagery behind the words. In this course students explore visual strategies that support a child’s cognitive progress and align with age-appropriate material. Students will work with a variety of material, from drawing, to an introduction to watercolor, to mixed-media and media of choice, which may include digital applications. Lectures, discussion and hands-on book sharing in the RISD Library’s extensive collection provide insight into character development, pacing, text interpretation and storyboarding.
Sessions on figure drawing, animals as characters, symbolism and illuminating a scene help students understand how to ‘stage’ a story. Sensitivity to multicultural illustration and cultural appropriation is reviewed. Emphasis is placed on conceptual interpretation and the development of a personal approach in method and materials, culminating in a collection of illustrations that can inform future work. Professional child models of varying age groups serve as models. Students exhibit their work at Open Studios held 4–6 pm on the final day of class.
Prerequisite: Basic drawing experience
Cheryl Kirk Noll
June 22–July 28, 2020
Mondays + Tuesdays
9 am–4 pm
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380