Twice a week Chantal Saperstein stands at the helm of a room full of hopeful illustrators. During the 6.3 hour class, she buzzes about energetically, remarking on shading and perspective in her authoritative French accent. She has been doing it for 20 years. And Chuck Pyle, director of the School of Illustration counts that as quite the feat.
“ILL 232 is the bedrock skill class for learning how to think, be and do as a professional artist,” he said. “Eighteen students, two sections, twice a year for 20 years. That is a lot of talent shaped on their way to being illustrators. All of us are deeply grateful for her service thus far.”
During the class, students go through intensive development as they work through the process of creating an illustration. Witnessing this growth, Saperstein said, is what she loves most about teaching. “Some students are very clear—that’s what they want to do, and it’s wonderful, and we support them—their path is very clear all the way, but some of them are struggling and uncertain, and I love to see those students grow and blossom.”