Art Class Leads to Professional Publication for Students

Published: January 28, 2015 | Author: Tommy Gugino | Read Time: 1 minutes

Shelby Crockett's illistrationNine senior art and design students created original illustrations for their new book, Spirit of the Forest, which will be displayed on January 29 in the Auditorium Theatre at 7 p.m. as “pop-up gallery” for the evening and then be moved to South Hall to be on display from February 2 through May 1.

The students were under the direction of Ron Spears, former art and design assistant professor, and created the pieces during the fall semester. Four of the students gained inspiration for the book from a summer trip to the forests of Seattle, Wash.

Kit Kendall, the production manager for the project and graduate student, said of the vision and intent of the illustrated book, “As artists we didn’t see the forest as just trees. The Spirit of the Forest was not just a person, it could be the actual forest itself or the animals in the forest.”  

The 58-page book is available online through Amazon in either a hardcover or paperback format.

Photo credit: SUU art student Shelby Crockett's illustration used in Spirit of the Forest. 

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