Children's Literature, Faculty, Featured|August 9, 2011 2:50 pm

Certificate Program in Children’s Book Illustration Welcomes National Book Award Nominee Wendy Watson

Roanoke, Va. – Author and artist Wendy Watson has joined the faculty of Hollins University’s graduate-level certificate program in children’s book illustration. She will begin teaching picture book design in the program in the summer of 2012.

Watson has written and illustrated 21 children’s books and illustrated more than 60 children’s books for other authors. She has been nominated for the National Book Award and her works have been included in “Best Books of the Year” lists published by The New York Times, American Library Association, School Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly.

Watson’s artwork has been exhibited widely in national and international shows. She was one of 106 artists represented in the exhibition and book, “Myth, Magic, and Mystery: One Hundred Years of American Children’s Book Illustration.” Her artwork is part of numerous private and institutional collections.

Watson is a member of the Author’s Guild and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Hollins’ certificate program in children’s book illustration is closely associated with the university’s master of arts and master of fine arts programs in the study and writing of children’s literature. Other noted artists on the faculty include Ruth Sanderson, who has illustrated more than 70 books for children and young adults, and Ashley Wolff, who has created over 60 children’s books including the Miss Bindergarten series. The goal of the program, in which students must take four courses over two years during two six-week summer terms, is to help artists develop a personal vision and style for tomorrow’s picture book market. Courses provide an opportunity for intensive exploration and improvement of students’ art skills and knowledge of picture book fundamentals.

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