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Hollins University
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PO Box 9603
Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
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(Image, above, by Ashley Wolff, faculty member)

 

Course offerings


ART 523 Children's Book Media
(4)
Today’s book publishing technology allows for huge variety in approaches to illustration. As digital platforms such as iPads and smart phones evolve, the demand for novel approaches to illustration will continue to grow. With lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice, students will be introduced to a range of historical and contemporary children's book media, including both traditional, digital, and mixed media techniques. Class time will include lectures and demonstrations by the instructor and visiting artists. Materials fee: $100. Prerequisites: ART 527 and ART 568.

ART 523S Children's Book Media Studio (2)
Studio time will place an emphasis on hands-on exposure to more advanced approaches to image making using various media. By the second half of the term, students will focus on their medium of choice and create three finished illustrations for a professional portfolio. Every class will include critique and discussion time, and students will be expected to participate in critiques in a constructive manner. All students will give a detailed presentation on the techniques of a children's book illustrator of their choice. Prerequisites: ART 527S and ART 568S.

ART 527 Creating Picture Books for Children (4)
The emphasis in this course will be on the importance of visual thinking in writing and illustrating for the picture book genre. Students will write two picture book stories of one to six pages each, created for this class only. Simple storyboards and/or mind-mapping will be utilized to help with the process of thinking about writing and revision. One of the manuscripts will then be revised and polished. A 32-page book dummy will be created with the type placed on the page, with the emphasis on pacing the story for appropriate page turns. Students will then create a cover design and one full-color double-page spread. Materials fee: $50.

ART 527S Creating Picture Books for Children Studio (2)
Studio time will place an emphasis on hands-on exposure to color theory and basic media skills for creating picture books for children. Both black-and-white and color media will be covered, such as pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, collage, simple printmaking, and an introduction to digital techniques. Class time will include lectures and demonstrations by the instructor and visiting artists, as well as critique and discussion time. Students will be expected to participate in a constructive manner. Materials fee: $75.

ART 568 Children's Book Drawing Fundamentals (4)
Drawing is the most important skill to develop in order to become a working children's book illustrator. This course will ground students in basic drawing skills as they first work on their powers of observation and the craft of drawing in light and shade. Through a variety of class exercises, the students will learn about form, value, texture, quality and styles of line, perspective, drawing architecture and interiors, drawing people, animals, nature, and landscapes. Students will work mainly in graphite pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and colored pencil, and will explore drawing in a variety of styles, using perspective, exaggeration, and learning how to develop their own "signature" style. The drawing styles of a variety of published illustrators will be examined in detail. Class time will include lectures and demonstrations by the instructor and visiting artists. Materials fee: $95. (To be taken in first summer)

ART 568S Children's Book Drawing Fundamentals Studio (2)
Studio time will place an emphasis on hands-on exposure to basic and more advanced drawing techniques. Every class will include critique and discussion time, and students will be expected to participate in critiques in a constructive manner. (To be taken in first summer)

ART 578 Children's Book Design (4)
This class will cover the theory and practice of 2-D design for children's book illustration, using both traditional and digital methods. The elements of successful design in a wide variety of published picture books will be examined. Students will build on the skills they have developed in the classes of Drawing and Creating Picture Books for Children in a variety of challenging exercises and assignments to solve problems of visual organization while considering the interplay of text and pictures. Class time will include lectures and demonstrations by the instructor and visiting artists. Materials fee: $75. Prerequisites: ART 527 and ART 568.

ART 578S Children's Book Design Studio (2)
Studio time will place an emphasis on hands-on exposure to basic and more advanced approaches to 2-D design. Every class will include critique and discussion time, and students will be expected to participate in critiques in a constructive manner. Perry Nodelman’s Words About Pictures will be required reading, and students will be asked to do an in-depth presentation on the design of a picture book of their choice. Prerequisites: ART 527S and ART 568S.

ART 590 Independent Study (4)
Students will work one-on-one with an instructor of their choice in the area of the student's focus.

ENG 528 Children's Book Illustrators (4) Ransom
The role of art in children's literature; a survey of traditional and contemporary works emphasizing but not limited to the European and American tradition; an examination of how artists interpret and reinterpret the text. Offered in 2014.

ENG 542 History and Criticism of Children's Literature (4) Sullivan
An introduction to British and American literature for children, from its roots in the oral tradition and medieval literature through 20th-century works. Required for all students; offered every year.

ENG 560 The Craft of Writing for Children (4)
Creative writing of any kind is a bit like a magic trick. The writer is attempting to trick the reader into thinking the text is portraying a fully dimensional physical world with tiny little things called words. This class is intended to help both writers and readers discover how published authors pull off this grand illusion. We will examine the forms of several genres of writing for children to uncover exactly how each writer pulls off the trick of representing the "real world" in creative writing. This process gives writers a "behind-the-scenes look" at the "tricks of the trade" giving them insight into how to apply the same approaches in their own writing.

ENG 561, Section I Genre Study in the Craft of Writing for Children - Magical Realism (4) Cockrell
If realism is the world as we know it, what is magical realism? It’s not fantasy, not exactly. It’s not realism with magic added either, not exactly. In this course we will examine some magical realist novels and novellas and try our hand at the magic ourselves. You’ll venture into this dreamtime world with some prompts and exercises, focusing on the issues of craft that are particularly important to making magical realist elements an intrinsic part of the story, and write and critique drafts of several stories of your own. Offered in 2014.

ENG 561, Section II Genre Study in the Craft of Writing for Children - Chapter Books (4) Mills
Study in the craft of writing chapter books for young readers. Offered in 2014.

ENG 583 Advanced Creative Writing Tutorial (4) Homzie, Patterson
Graduate tutorial seminar in the generation, examination, and interpretation of texts in children’s literature in the light of literary history and theory with attention to the writing of the students in the class. The exact contents of any given seminar will be determined by the needs and interests of its members. Offered every year. Prerequisite – ENG/ART 527 and ENG 560 or 561

ENG 5XX Elective critical course related to the genre of the student’s work (4)

ART/ENG 599 Thesis (8)
The thesis will consist of text and complete sketch dummies for either three picture books, two easy readers, one chapter book, or one graphic novel, plus six finished illustrations, accompanied by a 10-15 page critical essay situating the student's creative work in the historical and critical context of children’s literature.