Thea Ernest, Billy the Rescue Dog, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Day One: 

Discuss Thea’s collaborative work on Susan’s children’s book. This will include:

  • The roles of author, illustrator, designer
  • Contracts
  • Team communication, negotiating changes and the effect of the pandemic
  • Practical influences on illustration and design to make a better book
  • Publishing Billy the Rescue Dog

Day Two (3 weeks later):

  • Review, as a class, each student’s rough draft of their story and artwork.

Thea Ernest arrived in Rhode Island in 1983 ready to surrender to art at Rhode Island School of Design. After receiving her BFA in Jewelry and Light Metals in 1987, she created custom cabinet hardware and decorative metalwork both for private homes and historic properties. In the past several years, Thea has gravitated toward the immediacy, color and portability of plein air watercolor. Throughout the year, no matter what the weather, you may see Thea in her AutoStudio – a 2010 Honda Fit – or outdoors capturing scenes across RI. Thea has taught and presented workshops at Portsmouth Arts Guild, What Cheer Flower Farm, East Bay Bikeway Art Day, Providence Art Club and the Seekonk, Rehoboth and Washington Park Public Libraries. She was an Artist in Residency at the Whiterock Conservancy, Coon Rapids IA, in the fall of 2021. Her commissioned home portraits grace walls in several states.

View Thea’s work online:

Instagram @theaernestdesign