The Art of the Children’s Book event is a sell-out success
by Jen Aggleton on 22 February 2017
On Monday 20 February, the Lucy Cavendish Children's Literature Society hosted a public evening on 'The Art of the Children's Book'.
We heard from Zoe Jaques of the Faculty of Education, who spoke about how illustrations have morphed the character of Alice in Alice in Wonderland from an innocent child into a dark creation, and in particular the influence of illustrator Arthur Rackham on Alice's changing face.
Pam Smy (pictured right), illustrator and senior lecturer at the Cambridge School of Art, then spoke about the process of creating her new novel, Thornhill (to be released in August), and showed us the importance of observational drawings to the creative illustrative process.
Elena Gestoso, a student on the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, organised a fantastic exhibition, featuring work by fellow MA students Paula White, Sandy Horsley, Margaret Sturton, Lele Saa, Victoria Cassanell and Louise Warwick. We had a fantastic turnout, with nearly 60 people in attendance, many of whom had never attended a university event before, and raised over £150 for the children's fiction collection in the Library.