Hollins 2013 illustration students

Every summer for six weeks I teach in the graduate programs in children's literature offered at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. It is a beautiful campus! Click on the programs below for details, and feel free to email me if you have any questions about the programs.  In 2014 we had Caldecott winner, Eric Rohmann, doing a week's intensive for the program, and Judy Schachner  (Skippyjon Jones)  will be a guest lecturer and do a workshop. There are also many guest speakers coming for the children's literature MFA program, which all students can attend. Our featured guests for summer 2015 are Charles Vess, who will be doing a talk and workshop, and Terri Windling, noted author and folklore scholar. EMAIL: ruth@ruthsanderson.com with any questions.

Certificate in Children’s Book Illustration

Hollins University offers a graduate level certificate in children’s book illustration. Closely associated with Hollins’ longstanding graduate program in the study and writing of children’s books, this new program is taught by noted illustrators, including core faculty Ruth Sanderson and Ashley Wolff. Students undertake four courses 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. 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 FIRST COMBINED MFA in both the craft of writing and the craft of illustrating for children in the country is now being offered by Hollins University. I am the co-director of the program, along with Amanda Cockrell, who is the director of the MFA in Writing for Children at Hollins. We worked hard to combine a solid foundation in both writing and illustrating, as well as the critical study of children's literature, to create this degree for people wanting to be author/illustrators.     ART FACULTY (Check the website/link above for all faculty members) Lauren Mills, M.A. In Illustration, San Jose State University. She has illustrated the children's classics, At the Back of the North Wind, Anne of Green Gables, and Thumbelina, and is also the author of several original tales Including The Rag Coat, which received the Charlotte Award, as well as thirteen state award nominations. Fairy Wings, co-illustrated with Dennis Nolan, won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. laurenmillsart.com Ruth Sanderson, author and illustrator, is a graduate of the Paier College of Art. Among her many books for children are The Enchanted Wood, Cinderella, and The Snow Princess. Her book The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring won the Texas Bluebonnet Award in 2003. In 1997 she was writer-in-residence, and her illustrations for her books The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Papa Gatto adorn our Web page and poster.  Ashley Wolff, B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, is the author and/or illustrator of over 40 children’s picture books including Baby Beluga; Stella and Roy Go Camping; Me Baby, You Baby; Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?; Mama’s Milk; and the beloved Miss Bindergarten series. Her books have won numerous state and national awards. She lives and works in San Francisco. ashleywolff.com Elizabeth O. Dulemba, B.F.A., University of Georgia. She is an award-winning author/illustrator of fifteen books including: The 12 Days of Christmas in Georgia; the bilingual Jack Tale adaptations Paco and the Giant Chile Plant and Soap, soap, soap; and one of the first children’s book apps, Lula’s Brew. She is the Illustrator Coordinator for the southern region (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi) of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a Board Member for the Georgia Center for the Book. She teaches “Creating Picture Books” at various venues and taught Beginning and Advanced Illustration at the University of Georgia. Her Coloring Page Tuesdays have garnered over a million visits to her website annually and over 3,000 subscribers to her weekly newsletter. She lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. www.dulemba.com