Discover children’s book illustration at the Frick

February 11, 2012 by  

Draw me a Story: a Century of Children’s Book Illustration is showing at the Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh until May 20. The Center is open Tuesday through Sunday and admission is free.

Draw me a Story is a program from ExhibitsUSA and it covers 100 years of children’s book illustration highlighting such names as Randolph Caldecott, Chris Van Allsburgh, Maurice Sendak and Jules Feiffer. It will feature 40 works on paper using various media and 13 books. The exhibition is a study of the various drawing styles and techniques used and ‘how an artist’s vision can tell a story with a single image or bring a familiar story to life in a new way.’ While often not treated seriously, children’s book illustration is as important as the story it is illustrating; definitely more important to those children whose reading skills are still a work in progress.

One special part of this exhibition is that the paintings will be hung lower than normal so children can enjoy them, it will provide step stools to get closer to the artworks and several reading nooks are provided for.

Those who live all over the area, including Beaver Falls, could bring their children to view this exhibit. Even those who do not have children but have an interest in art could make that trip. Those who work for printing companies, advertising agencies and other graphics industries might like to study illustrations of the past that might inspire them in their work.