Workshops Teach the Art of Creating Children’s Books

Release Date: 12/21/2000. Expired: 1/27/2001

The Renaissance Center, in partnership with The Parthenon’s “Once Upon A Page” exhibit, is presenting a three-workshop series on making books. The workshops are 12-4 p.m. Jan. 13, 20 and 27, 2001. Tuition is $65, which covers all three workshops and admission to the exhibit at The Parthenon. The deadline to register is Jan. 6.

The “Once Upon A Page” exhibit consists of the art of children’s books. On display at The Parthenon Jan. 13-March 10, this exhibit includes 72 original works from the Mazza Collection which originates from the University of Findlay in Ohio. It is a traveling exhibit sent out by Meridian International Center of Washington, DC.

On Jan. 13, Susan Allsbrooks will be at The Renaissance Center to teach students the step-by-step process of creating a personal bound book using decorative handmade paper. Each student will determine the shape, size and type of paper inside the book. The handmade books will be used in the two follow-up workshops.

On Jan. 20, Kim Leavitt, director of drama at the center, will take participants through an exploration of the common traits and themes found in best-selling children’s books who will then work to create their own story. Informed discussion, brainstorming, drafting and peer-review will be used to generate subject matter and sharpen writing skills.

“Participants in the workshop will learn how to write their own children's story by examining common elements found in best selling children's books currently on the market,” states Leavitt. “Upon completion of the workshop, students should have a finished or near finished product ready for illustration.”

Jan. 27 with Laurie Pooler wraps up this series where students will learn the basic principles for layout and design for children’s books. The lecture will include illustration techniques geared for the beginner. Participants will be given the opportunity to take their short story concept to the storyboard stage.

“This three-part workshop will cover the whole process of creating, writing, illustrating and layout of books for children,” stated Bob Kucher, director of visual arts at The Renaissance Center. “It is our hope to work in partnership with more organizations on future projects, utilizing the strengths of each organization to provide a wonderful and meaningful artistic experience for the community.”

“It is great to be working with The Renaissance Center on this project,” stated Dee Gee Lester, education coordinator for The Parthenon. “We wanted to be able to provide a workshop in conjunction with this exhibit, but we do not have the space. Bob (Kucher) and John Kohlburn (art faculty member at The Renaissance Center) both serve on our Education Advisory Committee and were very willing to provide their assistance in setting up the workshops at The Renaissance Center.”

To register for these workshops or to obtain more information, call (615)740-5600.

Visit the Visual Arts Workshops page for more about the workshops.

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