Children's Literature (all forms)

Illustration Instruction

“Drawn to Delight: How Picturebooks Work and (Play)” 2010 ALSC Conference preconference was held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. This awesome, fun-filled day provided a one-of-a-kind look into the world of picturebooks, how they are developed and created. We were awed by the award-winning illustrators who spoke to us about their work and gave us insights into how they begin their creative process. After their presentations we were split into small groups to tour the gallery and meet the illustrators; to watch how they use their mediums and create their illustrative works. Our particular group met with Javaka Steptoe, Timothy Basil Ering, William Low, Laura Vaccaro Seeger and Yuyi Morales. Each had such different methods of using artistic materials from digital artistry, charcoals and oils and die-cuts to create their final products. The highlight of the event was Caldecott Medal illustrator, Jerry Pinkney, presenting his overview of designing The Lion and the Mouse. He is such a gracious man and it was so gratifying to hear him speak so humbly of himself. If you didn’t attend this preconference, you really missed out on a very special day.

Stephanie Wilson
School Library System Director
Elmira, New York
swilson@gsrtboces.org

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