Lowell Lecture

Artist Demonstration: Children's Book Illustration with Ruth Sanderson

Date & Time

Aug. 4, 2019 at noon - 3 p.m.


Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115
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Ruth Sanderson, Illustrator/Author

Presenting Organization

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


The Arts

Join illustrator/author Ruth Sanderson as she explores working in scratchboard for a collection of multicultural Cinderella stories inspired by the work of Kay Nielsen. Learn the steps of composing a graphic and powerful image in an Art Nouveau style, first in pencil, then executing the design in pen and ink and scratchboard.

Choose from a variety of tools and try your hand at creating your own fantasy image to take home. Afterwards, visit "Kay Nielsen’s Enchanted Vision” in Gallery 170, to view this Danish visionary’s dramatic illustrations, prints, and books.

Ruth Sanderson's children's book career spans more than 40 years and 85 published books. She is best known for her numerous fairytale retellings, such as The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Cinderella, and The Snow Princess, and her award-winning original fairytale, The Enchanted Wood. Her work has been included in exhibitions around the country, including a solo exhibition of her fairytale art at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

In the summer, Sanderson teaches in Hollins University’s MFA program in Writing and Illustrating for Children and lives the rest of the year in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Her website is www.ruthsanderson.com.