Like a movie, a picture book is not just a single picture, but a sequence of narrative and images that tell a story. The text and illustrations work together to create a story arc. The layout of the text and pictures allows the story to build to a climax and resolution. This hands on workshop focuses on how to establish the rhythm of a book. Using text from a simple picture book, participants will learn about creating a story arc, using the page turn to create drama and the importance of the marriage of text and pictures.
About the Instructor: Julie Downing has written and or illustrated over 40 books for children. Her books have received many awards including, a Parent's Choice Award, Bank Street College of Education Silver Medal and a NY Public Library Best Books award. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and currently teaches Watercolor and Children’s Book Illustration to both graduate and undergraduate students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her latest book, First Mothers, a biography of all the mothers of the presidents was published in September 2012 by Clarion Books. She is currently working on a book about best friends, who just happen to be a mummy and a vampire