“Before they read words, children are reading pictures.”
― David Wiesner, Free Fall
A kid’s love for reading starts with the opening of a picture book introduced by his parents. If supportive parents let him browse through it without pressuring and rushing him to read letters and words, he is going to savor every color and detail of the illustrations that leads him to explore more— to love browsing through a lot of picture books and strengthening his relationship with his parents and siblings (if there are any) through meaningful conversations by unlocking reading comprehension skills after story reading aloud that leads to visual and auditory thinking skills.
The work of the book illustrator is an integral part in children’s books especially if they are intended for very young kids. Those kids find a book appealing to their eyes and emotions if they are explicitly and colorfully illustrated. The secret lies within the prowess of the artist. No matter how beautiful the story is if the illustration or “drawing” is unpleasant to the eyes of the kids, the message that it brings can’t be understood clearly.
In the Philippines, children’s books written and illustrated by Filipino talents are considered world-class because they develop the imagination of kids coming from different races and nationalities. The illustrators capture all the facets of the story, the art itself can hit the intellect and emotions of those motivated children.
In line with National Women’s Month celebration, Cultural Center of the Philippines presents “PEEK-A-BOOK: Children’s Book Illustrations by 13 Women Artists”. It is a joint project of the CCP Intertextual Division, Visual Arts and Museum Division, and Gender and Development Technical Working Group which showcases over 50 original illustrations that celebrate the diversity of artworks for children’s books by women artists.
It highlights the contribution of women illustrators in the field of children’s literature in the Philippines. 13 artists are going to participate: Kora Dandan Albano and Liza Flores, curators of this exhibit, Pergy Acuña, Frances Alvarez, Jamie Bauza, Yas Doctor, Iori Espiritu, Abi Goy, Beth Parrocha, Bru Sim-Nada, Angela Taguiang, Ara Villena, and Bernadette Solina-Wolf. These talented artists are members of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK), the country’s first and only organization of illustrators for children. Some of them have started their careers as book illustrators since 1990’s and most of them have received recognitions in the field of children’s book illustration such as PBBY-Alcala Prize, National Children’s Book Award, AFCC Asian Children’s Book Awards, and the prestigious Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations. Others have already published scores of books locally and internationally while a couple of artists in the list have just issued their first books. The process behind picture book making by showcasing the illustrators’ preliminary studies, character sketches, storyboards, and art materials are to be highlighted in the exhibition. There is also a reading corner where guests are invited to browse about 150 books the artists have illustrated through the years.
“Peek-A-Book” will be held on March 24 to May 6, 2018 at Pasilyo Victorio Edades Gallery (4th Floor Hallway Gallery), Cultural Center of the Philippines. The opening reception is on March 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM. Viewing hours is from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (until 10:00 PM on days with evening performances on the main theater), Tuesday to Sunday.
Aside from the exhibition, there are also related activities lined up for everyone. They are the following:
PICTURE BOOK MAKING WORKSHOP
Facilitated by Frances Alvarez
Date: March 24, Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Venue: MKP Hall
ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP USING PAPER CUTOUTS
Facilitated by Liza Flores
Date: April 28, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 12:00 NN
Venue: Main Theater Lobby
ADARNA HOUSE BOOK LAUNCH:
“Ang Maliit na Kalabaw,” Illustrated by Liza Flores | “Kung May Dinosaur sa Kamalig ni Lolo,” Illustrated by Iori Espiritu and Written by Kora Dandan-Albano
Date: April 28, Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Venue: Main Theater Lobby
For inquiries, you may contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division at (632) 832-1125 local 1504/1505 and (632) 832-3702, mobile number (0917) 6033809, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.
*Featured photo and event information courtesy of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan Facebook Page