An interview (PDF) with well-known children's book illustrator and author Wendy Watson, who is teaching this summer in Hollins' certificate in children's book illustration program.
Hollins University offers a graduate level certificate in children's book illustration. The goal of this program is to help artists develop a personal vision and style for tomorrow's picture book market. 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.
Closely associated with Hollins' longstanding graduate program in the study and writing of children's books, this program is taught by noted illustrators, including core faculty Ruth Sanderson and Ashley Wolff. Students undertake four courses of six credits each over two six-week summer terms. Picture Book Drawing Fundamentals and Creating Picture Books for Children in the first summer are followed by Picture Book Design and Picture Book Media in the second summer. Creating Picture Books for Children also includes the writing of picture book manuscripts as well as creating storyboards and book dummies. The certificate will be helpful in preparing students for a career in the field of children's book illustration.
The Illustration Certificate program runs concurrently with the graduate program in children's literature and includes an exceptional array of visiting speakers and the chance to participate in the annual student-run Francelia Butler Conference on Children's Literature.
The Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, opened in 2004, is one of the best of its kind for both the study of art history and studio practice. With 60,000 square-feet of space, the building offers beautiful, light-filled studio spaces for painting, drawing, and printmaking, as well as areas for sculpture and ceramics, and a complete photography area that supports traditional and digital approaches. Art history seminars and classes are taught in modern spaces supported by state-of-the-art technology and an auditorium hosts special lectures and films. The visual arts center also houses the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum.
Hollins' historic 475-acre campus is located in Roanoke, Virginia, near a regional airport, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and Roanoke's historic downtown and City Market. Founded in 1842, Hollins enrolls approximately 1100 students in its undergraduate liberal arts program for women and its coed graduate programs. Recreational facilities include a swimming center, gymnasium, fitness center, and tennis courts.