Academics|January 25, 2011 2:06 am

Hollins Launches Certificate Program in Children’s Book Illustration

Roanoke, Va. – Hollins University will offer a graduate-level certificate in children’s book illustration beginning in the summer of 2011.

Closely associated with Hollins’ master of arts and master of fine arts programs in the study and writing of children’s literature, the certificate program will be taught by noted artists such as Ruth Sanderson, who over the course of a 30-year career 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 this program is to help artists develop a personal vision and style for
tomorrow’s picture book market,” says Sanderson. “The courses will provide an opportunity for intensive exploration and improvement of students’ art skills and knowledge of picture book fundamentals, while being informed by an in-depth study of both past and contemporary picture book illustrators.”

To earn the certificate, students must take four courses over two years during two sixweek summer terms: Picture Book Media and Picture Book Drawing Fundamentals will be offered the first year and Picture Book Design and Creating Picture Books for Children the second. Courses will be held in Hollins’ Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center. Since the program will be running concurrently with Hollins’ graduate programs in children’s literature, the certificate experience will include an array of visiting speakers and the opportunity to participate in the annual, student-run Francelia Butler Conference on Children’s Literature.

Candidates for the certificate must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and must show through their undergraduate record, submission of portfolio, and letters of recommendation their capacity to undertake the program. The application deadline for the Summer 2011 Term is March 31.

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