The Look of the Book

Wednesday, Feb 22, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

159 Chestnut St.

Free (Registration Required)


Teacher Training Workshop for CEU Credit

Teachers for any grade from Watauga and all nearby counties are welcome! 

Registration required. To register, please call the museum during regular business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10-5: 828.295.9099.

Training Details

Join internationally-recognized children’s book illustrator and author Gail E. Haley for The Look of the Book, a two-hour lecture for teachers, in which they will learn about the traditional layout of a picture book. Participants will learn how an illustrator chooses which images to use to best convey the message of the words, and supplement the story line with intimations of information beyond the words.

A good picture book is experiential, allowing each child to make associations internally. Illustrations are the proscenium through which he or she creates ongoing images from imagination. For this reason, the story is perceived and retained better than a TV or video image, which flits across the screen with no time for reflection.

Having learned the technical highlights of creating a book, and learning how to recognize different forms of illustration, teachers will be able to look through a collection of picture books.

During the second half of the class, groups will pick a book and identify some of the principals they have learned. There will also be handouts to further study the opinions of educational leaders about the importance of picture books and their impact on literacy.

Before or after the class, participants are invited to visit Everyman Jack: Stories & Illustrations by Gail E. Haley, exhibited at BRAHM through March 25, 2017.

Light snacks will be provided and each participant will receive a free individual membership for the Museum, good for one year ($40 value). This membership provides free museum admission, a 10% discount on workshops and classes, and reduced admission to Museum programs.

About Gail E. Haley

Haley grew up in Shuffletown, NC, a rural town just outside Charlotte. In her hometown, Haley learned to love country life. Many of her neighbors farmed their own food, hung clothing out to dry in the wind, and a few even lived without indoor plumbing. By contrast, in the city of Charlotte, Haley spent much of her time reading in the public library and running throughout the halls of the Charlotte Observer, where her father worked as the art director. Haley has spent a lot of her life traveling. While North Carolina has always been home, she considers herself “a citizen of the world.” Before she was 5 years old, Haley had traveled across the country to California by troop train with her mother and father, and even spent some time in Mexico. It was during this time, at a young age, that Haley realized how much she admired people and their traditions and all the ways in which we are connected across cultures through stories. A prolific author and illustrator, her original picture books have won both the Caldecott and Kate Greenaway medals, as well as the Kadai Tosho award in Japan.

This program is funded in part by the Watauga County Arts Council and grassroots funds of the North Carolina Arts Council.