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Students study children's book authors, illustrators

March 10, 2014

Allison Langley shows off her watercolors. 

Students in Sara Fletchers’ Women as Children’s Book Illustrators and Authors today showcased artwork illustrating classic and modern fairy tales, as well as original works.

The eight-week course required students to study specific female illustrators then create original artwork of their own. Students displayed their works this afternoon during a showcase in the Penthouse at Hugh Stephens Library.
Although not the first time Fletcher has challenged students to combine art studies and literature, it is the first semester this specific class has been offered.
Freshman Allison Langley, a fashion communications major, took the course to fill a general education requirement but quickly realized what she was learning applies to her major, as well.
“There are tons of design elements to fashion communications,” she said. “So it helped learning elements such as color theory and placement.”
It was also the first time Langley has explored artwork. She used watercolor to create images for the Norwegian tale, “The Princess on the Glass Hill.” Preferring a stronger morale for children than in the original story—in which men compete for a princess’s love by trying to climb a glass hill—Langley rewrote the ending to emphasize the “prince charming’s” intelligence over strength.
Savannah Bell, a second-year theatre student, signed up for the course to get more art experience. Sketching is critical for set and costume design in her technical theatre program, she said.
“Theatre tells a story in a different way, but the idea is the same—you have to combine all of the elements together,” she said.
artPerhaps Bell’s most insightful take-away from the course? “Don’t be afraid of the blank page.”
That’s what Fletcher hopes all of her students learned from the class.
“I feel like they have more confidence in the process of brainstorming and learning to tell a story visually,” she said. 

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