Children’s Books and Visual Design: Student Work

I’m teaching a visual rhetoric course at my new university this year. It has been so much fun to create and just as much fun to teach. I have mostly upper-level English majors and minors in the class, and they are delightful, prepared, and interested.

Our first few weeks of class focused on Molly Bang’s book Picture This: How Pictures Work. We used the recently updated and revised version that came out in August 2016.

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The book details how Bang learned principles of design by creating a version of Little Red Riding Hood using only five colors and ย simple shapes.

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After we read and discussed the principles of design from the book, focused on color, shape, size, contrast, and placement, the students created their own version of a children’s book or fable using those principles and no words.

I was amazed at what my students created. Two of them agreed to let me share their books with you.

Here is Three Blind Mice.

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Here is Where the Wild Things Are combined with ideas from Harold and the Purple Crayon.

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Aren’t they wonderful? I look forward to seeing more of what my students can do with knowledge of visual design, rhetorical criticism, and creativity.

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