The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival 2019 included a workshop on short story illustration.
According to a press release, the workshop “looked at ways to turn short stories for children into illustrations.”
The workshop was conducted by Shaimaa Subhi, who is a member of the Egyptian Syndicate of Fine Arts, and it was attended by 15 school girls in Sharjah.
The girls were divided into groups of four, and were handed out reference photos of animals like owls and snakes to make sketches.
Subhi said, “The main objective of the workshop is to turn the text into illustration. So, each girl is translating the text into a picture book employing her own style, technique, imagination and vision. I also think that regardless of the art you want to create, you should always work on your drawing and painting skills first”.
“Children are first taught the rules and once they become proficient at it, they learn themselves to think out of the box and break the rules. This enables them to express themselves, put forth their vision, their interpretation and understanding of the text. So, initially, we support the girls verbally by walking them through the text, then our aim is to assist them visually to develop the story. I always teach my students that art is a state of mind, it’s like an experience that is to be lived. These young impressionable minds have to be honed into developing their own perspectives and versions using different genres, pushing them towards greater creativity, as they are our future and the people of tomorrow,” she said.
This is the 11th edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival and it will end on April 27.