Public Affairs

AUK Collaborates with British Council for Illustration Workshop

01st Dec 2019 | by the Department of PR & Marketing

The Department of Art & Graphic Design at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) hosted artist Yasmeen Ismail, an award-winning author, illustrator, and animator for an illustration workshop entitled, Making Picture Books. The event was sponsored by the British Council in Kuwait as part of their Drawing Words exhibition which was displayed during the Kuwait Book Fair to celebrate 120 years of friendship between the UK and Kuwait. 

The workshop was attended by faculty, students, and alumni from the Department of Art & Graphic Design. At the workshop, Ms. Ismail introduced attendees to the process involved in the production of stories, illustration, and publishing for children. Following this, Ms. Ismail conducted an illustration activity to help the attendees express their creativity and experiment with illustrating children’s books. 

One of the attendees, AUK student Raghad Mustafa, expressed, “The ideal individual isn’t someone who never fails, it's someone who creates an equilibrium between failing and succeeding. And that is what Yasmeen Ismail began to introduce in the illustration workshop.” 

The chair of the Department, Professor William Andersen recognized the significance that such opportunities present to students as they expand their horizons beyond what is taught in the classroom. He added that since the Department of Art & Graphic Design does not have a children’s book illustration course, that this was a unique opportunity to learn from an expert; as he states, “We’ve collaborated with the British Council for many years, and they always bring in people that add a lot of value to the programs and skills we provide to our students.”
General photos of the workshop