By Rebecca Ballenger, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Brutal honesty connects award winning illustrators Juana Martinez-Neal and Molly Idle. An exhibit of original illustrations and picturebooks put this partnership front and center at Worlds of Words. The pandemic brought Critique to Support and Stretch: A Conversation between Juana Martinez-Neal and Molly Idle to an early close–but not before we filmed a virtual tour. Take a look!
This exhibit was developed to invite patrons to think deeply around the process of creating picturebook illustrations and how critique enhances that work. To facilitate interactions with the books and art on display, we included hands-on activities around the elements of art and revision. One of these activities was developed by three-time Caldecott Award winner Molly Bang and is taught in the children’s literature class offered by the UArizona College of Education. In this video, Kathy Short presents an exercise based on Molly Bang’s book, Picture This.
To read the original press release for this exhibit, visit WOW News on our blog. Please note that the dates in this press release are in the past. For a look at previous exhibits, both original and traveling, visit our Exhibits page.