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Undergraduate Course: Children's Picture Books; the art of visual narrative (LLLA07111)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
Course typeSandwich AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5

The course introduces students to the art of sequential imagery and visual narrative with a particular focus on children's picture books. Through a series of practical exercises and workshops the students will explore all the aspects of creating a picture book from research and initial concept to the final artwork. They will have the opportunity to develop their own illustrative style and learn to apply it to create a successful and engaging picture book narrative.

Course description The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.
Over the class sessions the course will cover:
- Introduction to the art of the picture book. A short sequential imagery brief.
- Drawing and sketchbooks. Developing visual vocabulary for picture book projects.
- Researching and developing concepts and ideas for picture books. A short storytelling brief:
- Where do the stories come from?
- Illustrating for children ¿ exploring themes. Drawing children and animals. Planning personal projects.
- Character development. A short character design brief.
- Setting and atmosphere in picture books. Exploring process and techniques in order to set the mood of the book.
- Sequential imagery. Introduction to storyboarding and dummy books.
- Words and pictures. Exploring the relationship between the text and illustration in picture books.
- Illustrating process: from roughs to final artwork. Developing a personal project.
- Developing a personal project and final presentation. (optional: Short introduction to children¿s book publishing)

The Learning Experience
The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students' progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.
The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Unless otherwise stated, all students on this short course pay a published course fee per enrolment.

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:
- an A4-sized sketchbook
- 2B, 4B and 6B pencils
- a dipping pen and a drawing nib
- black ink
- a selection of cheap watercolour brushes
- a few sheets of A2 or A1 heavy or light-weight cartridge paper and coloured paper according to student preference.
- a selection of recycled newspapers and other materials according to student preference.
- a selection of drawing materials such as fine-liners, watercolours, acrylics or colour pencils depending on individual projects.
- craft knife, scissors, masking tape, putty rubber and a ruler.
- digital camera.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  8
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment (required for all credit courses).
(Occurs in weeks 6 or 7 of the 10 week course)

A formative assessment session will occur in week 6 or 7 of the taught element of the course. Each student will undertake a 5 minute verbally presentation with their practical work in progress to other members of the class group followed by a 5 minute group critique supported by the course tutor. Each student will also electronically submit their work in progress digital journal to the course tutor.

Indicative and supportive feedback will be summarised in written form on the digital journal which will give an indication of what areas requires to be address in order to meet the published learning outcomes. This will comprise of short written summary of action points.

Summative Assessment
(Occurs at least 2 weeks after the last taught class)

Two weeks after the end of the class teaching, this course will be assessed by the submission of:

A digital journal documenting a summary of the learning journey as evidenced in the portfolio
(Indicate time spent: 20 hours)
This will include a summary of idea development, media exploration, contextual research, critical reflection and outcomes through notes, annotation, illustration and photography.

A portfolio of visual art/design works
(Indicate time spent: 80 hours)
This will include a selection of resolved design works, sketchbook works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness.

The Digital Journal and Portfolio must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class.

The combined Digital Journal and Portfolio submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted (33.3% each) and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
Feedback Formative Assessments
This will comprise of short written summary of action points of areas requiring addressing to meet the learning outcomes, but no indicative grades will be given.

Summative Assessments
On completion the assessment - each student will receive a % mark for each learning outcome along with written feedback putting in context the % mark and outlines areas for development.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas: Demonstrate a range of practical research skills to explore personal concepts and visual ideas to successfully inform a sequential imagery project, supported by contextual references and sketchbook studies.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Show a confidence in employing a range of appropriate materials, methods and approaches to convey a visual narrative through a series of briefs and exercises.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Evidence appropriate judgement to document, select, edit and present a completed picture book project in the form of a storyboard, roughs for a dummy book and finished illustrations.
Reading List
Suggested Readings
SALISBURY, M. 2006, Illustrating Children¿s Books: Creating Pictures for Publication. London: A&C Black.
HELLIGE, H., Klanten, R. 2011, Little big books. Illustrations for children¿s picture books. Berlin: Gestalten.
BOLOGNA Illustrators of Children¿s Books, Annuals. Bologna: Bologna FiereWeb S.r.l.
HUNT, P. 1995, Children¿s Literature: An Illustrated History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
NODELMAN, P. 1988, Words about Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children¿s Books. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press.
SALISBURY, M., Styles, M. 2012, Children¿s Picturebooks. The Art of Visual Storytelling. London: Laurence King Publishing.
REES, D. 2008, How to be an Illustrator. London: Laurence King Publishing.

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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and develop personal visual ideas.
Complete an extended visual art project.
Become familiar with process and materials.
Employ storyboarding techniques.
KeywordsChildren¿s,Picture Book,Illustration,Drawing,Narrative
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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