The Museums of Los Gatos presents two concurrent exhibitions, Draw Me A Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration and Storytelling in Pictures: From Idea to Art, January 17– February 24, 2013.

A good children’s picture book still has the power to whisk young minds off to another time and place—even in today’s world of computer games and high-definition TV.  Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration and Storytelling in Pictures: From Idea to Art explore bold adventures, classic fairy tales, amazing animals, and imaginative ABCs, all seen through the eyes of artists who created works especially for children.

Draw Me a Story, organized by the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, presents original works of art in a thematic and nostalgic trip through the history of children’s book illustrators and illustration techniques.  Twentieth century artists include innovators such as: Chris Van Allsburg, Tomie DePaola, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, and Rosemary Wells.

Storytelling in Pictures: From Idea to Art is an original exhibit organized by The Museums of Los Gatos that showcases the work of Twenty-first century Bay Area Children’s Book Illustrators.  Artists include: Bob Barner, Yuyi Morales, Stacy Schuett and Susan Jaekel, as well as digital media illustration (Graphic Novels) by Thi Bui and Emma T. Capps.

Both exhibits explore the process of illustration and cover a range of styles, from simple traditional media to more experimental combinations of pen, pencil, paint, ink and digital media.  Family Art/Artist Demo Days feature Illustrative process workshops, family activities and storytelling for all ages.

Click here for the exhibit’s lesson plan and art activity for kids!

Wednesday, January 16
10-12 noon
Media Breakfast and Docent Tour

Thursday, January 17
6-8pm
art:inFOCUS Lecture Series, “Children’s Book Illustration A-Z: A Panel Discussion”

Saturday, January 26
noon-3pm
Opening Reception

Sunday, February 3
noon-3pm
Family Art Day/Artist Demo Day

Sunday, February 10
noon-3pm
Family Art Day/Artist Demo Day

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