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Hollins University
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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. Fourth in the Illustration course sequence. May be taken concurrently with ART 578. Offered every year.

ART 523 Studio: Children's Book Media(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. Offered every year.

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. Second in the Illustration course sequence. May be taken concurrently with ART 568. Offered every year.

ART 527 Studio: Creating Picture Books for Children (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. Second in the Illustration course sequence. Offered every year.

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. First in the Illustration course sequence. May be taken concurrently with ART 527. Offered every year.

ART 568 Studio: Children's Book Drawing Fundamentals(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. First in the Illustration course sequence. May be taken concurrently with ART 527. Offered every year.

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. Third in the Illustration course sequence. May be taken concurrently with ART 523. Offered every year.

ART 578 Studio: Children's Book Design (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. Offered every year.

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) Department
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.

ENG 542 History and Criticism of Children's Literature (4) LaFaye
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) Homzie
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 - Poetry (4) Fraustino
From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss to YA novels in verse, poetic use of language infuses forms and genres across the ages of children’s literature. In this course we will examine prosody and lyricism in a wide range of models and practice poem-making techniques from the smallest elements – syllables, feet, lines, and stanzas – on to the larger elements of general poetic structure found in picture books, poetry collections, and verse narratives. With a nurturing workshop environment, this course is designed to help you stretch and grow in the craft of writing for children even if you do not fancy yourself a poet. Offered in 2015.

ENG 561, Section II Genre Study in the Craft of Writing for Children - Creative Nonfiction (4) Ransom
Creative nonfiction is a cutting-edge genre. The nonfiction market needs writers and illustrators ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Even more important, children are on fire to know about things that interest them. In this course we will explore award-winning nonfiction in every format, including children’s magazines, picture book biographies, easy readers, middle grade and young adult. We will learn how to access and manage research materials, and how to tailor topics to different audiences. Assignments will include writing magazine articles, preparing a nonfiction book proposal for older children, and writing a nonfiction book for primary grades. Offered in 2015.

ENG 561: Section III Genre Study in the Craft of Writing for Children - Fantasy (4) Sherman
Realism is easy. Fantasy is hard. You have to make an imaginary world feel, sound, look, and smell real. You have to create supernatural creatures and magic systems and even societies. And you have to do it while paying due attention to all the other things that go into good fiction, like psychologically convincing characters, a compelling plot, narrative tension, an informing theme, and a personal voice. In this course, we will focus on the issues of craft that are particularly important to the writing of fantasy: exposition, world-building, and internal logic. We’ll be doing close readings of works exemplifying various different approaches to these issues. We’ll explore the difference between idea and story. And we’ll write, critique, and revise between two and four fantasy short stories. Offered in 2015.

ENG 583 Advanced Creative Writing Tutorial (4) Cockrell, Kushner
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.