Module Identifier AR32330  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Robert K Meyrick  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Ms Judy E Macklin, Mr Robert K Meyrick  
Pre-Requisite AR21820 or AR21930  
Mutually Exclusive AR32440  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   5 x 1 hour seminars/group critiques. 2 hours individual tutorials per student  
  Practical   10 x 6 hours (2 x 3) per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Sketchbook and related research material25%
Semester Assessment Portfolio of Illustrations75%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
a) Engage with a chosen text and produce a portfolio of illustrations that clearly demonstrates experimentation and proficiency in the processes of illustration as appropriate to personal research
b) Produce a self-directed body of research that includes sketchbook, draft designs, drawings, written and visual material that clearly demonstrates a line of enquiry that gives expression to personal concerns and ideas
c) Demonstrate independence, sustained working and a coherent resolution of ideas to prescribed deadlines
d) Employ techniques and materials, working professionally and imaginatively in a selective and critical manner with regard to process, texts and subject
e) Identify their art practice within the context of contemporary and historical traditions of book illustration and to communicate those ideas through tutorials and seminars
f) Be mindful of the limitations and creative potential of their chosen media and its appropriateness for reproduction

Brief description

This module which runs concurrently with AR32440 Illustration 4 aims to promote self-directed study and emphasises the need for a sustained and focussed approach to book illustration. Tutorial support is given on a one-to-one and group basis and demonstrations in advanced techniques can be offered as required. A professional approach to Book Illustration is expected and considerable commitment outside of timetabled sessions is required if a full programme of research is to be engaged upon. For the module students are expected to research and develop a strong conceptual or thematic basis for their work using texts and images that are meaningful and important to them. Subject matter may be derived from work carried out at Level 2 or from newly formed ideas and aspirations. Definition of appropriate texts and a subject matter is determined by discussion with the student's tutor and a programme of research and development is then suggested and agreed. For Single Honours students, this programme of research is closely allied to work that is completed for AR30620 Research and Process in Practice and it is important to realise that one module will inform the other. Students are expected to produce a portfolio of illustrations and associated sketchbook of drawings, written and visual material, demonstrating both thematic and technical research and experimentation in technique, format and media. Completed illustrations should be executed with high regard to presentation in a professional manner.


This module promotes self-directed study and focuses upon the conceptual and practical aspects of book illustration, the ideas and subject, processes, systems, frameworks and precedents governing the processes of illustrating books. Specifically in this module, students concentrate upon developing an experimental approach to the production of illustrated books, researching, testing out ideas, formats and methods and refining their practice in preparation for work on the final exhibition in Semester 2.

Book Illustration 3 provides the opportunity for students to build upon experience gained from AR21820 and AR21930 studied during Level 2. The module provides one pathway in Fine Art and is specifically intended (in conjunction with AR30620 Research and Process in Practice) as preparation for AR30130 Degree Exhibition 1 or AR32540


Research and Book Illustration

The emphasis of the module is upon experimentation in a variety of graphic media and techniques, many of which will have been experienced during modules studied at Level 2 and which will enable students to develop a personalised mode of working. Opportunity to learn new or more advanced skills can be arranged as required and from the following:

Module Skills

Problem_solving development of practical skills in book illustration and problem solving in aspects of story board development and research  
Research skills development of a programme of research and self directed work that provides evidence of experimental approach to illustration and gives expression to the development of a personal statement through the use of appropriate texts  
Communication development and encouragement of communication skills occurs during tutorials and group seminars  
Improving own Learning and Performance development of a self-critical approach to creative working and professional conduct in the production of a portfolio of illustrations  
Team work development and encouragement of team work and student interaction occurs studio time, tutorials and group seminars  
Information Technology development of graphic IT skills through use of digital imaging programmes  
Personal Development and Career planning career awareness considered through discussion of the requirements and expectations of the profession  
Subject Specific Skills developing skills of illustration, story boarding and presentation self-management and time management for completion of self-directed project work  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
** Salisbury, Martin 2004 (2004) Illustrating Children's Books A & C Black, London
Arizpe, Eveleyn & Styles, Morag (2002) Children Reading Pictures Interpreting Visual Text Routledge, London
Barr, John (1986) Illustrated Children¿s Books British Library, London
Bland, David Faber, (1969) A History of Book Illustration, (2nd edition) London
Darling, Harold , (1999) From Mother Goose to Dr Seuss: Children's Book Covers 1860-1960 Chronicle Books, San Francisco
Doonan, Jane (1993) Looking at Pictures in Picture Books Thimble Press, Gloucester
Felmingham, Michel (1988) The Illustrated Gift Book 1880-1930 Scolar Press, London
Hearn, Michael P (1996) Myth, Magic and Mystery: 100 Years of American Children's Book Illustration Chrysler Museum of Art
Hodnet, Edward (1982) Image and Text Scolar Press, London
Hodnett, Edward (1988) Five Centuries of English Book Illustration Scolar Press, London
Lanes, Selma G (1980) The Art of Maurice Sendak Abrams, New York
Martin, Douglas (1989) The Telling Line McRae Books, London
Powers, Alan (2003) Children's Book Covers Mitchell Beazley
Silvey, Anita (ed) 1995 (1995) Children's Books and their Illustrators Houghton Mifflin, Boston MS
Slade, Catharine (2003) The Manual of Illustration Techniques A & C Black, London
Whalley, Joyce & Chester, Rose (1988) A History of Children's Book Illustration John Murray/V&A, London


This module is at CQFW Level 6