Southern artist who specializes in illustrations and writing at Little Thieves that focus on life, mystery, identity and what it means to be human.
Annaleigha (Aden) Wilke is an illustrator from North Carolina, but grew up living all across the East Coast. A former high school art teacher, they graduated from the University of North Carolina with a BFA in Arts Education and a minor in History, both of which influence their art style and art direction. When the opportunity arose, they moved to Georgia to pursue an MFA in Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design with the long-term goals of using their growth and skillset to work on YA historical graphic novels, educational materials and building up their identity as a valuable artist.
During their work at SCAD, Aden has explored the depths of LGBT history and identity in their works along with a deeper personal interest in 19th century cultures, histories and mythologies, which has grown to reflect in their art pieces and writing. Their current thesis involves a further insight into the divide of humanity versus monsters and gods, specifically in relation to LGBT folks of the time. Outside of school, they continue to work on learning the production side of stationery at Notepads Your Way and interning at non-profits that focus on children and education, which currently is Aeon for Ocean.
Aden will finish their thesis in August 2019 alongside working on building up their small business and identity at Little Thieves.
EDITING (APA, CHICAGO, MLA)
KidsKnowIt Network Illustrator
Create teaching aids such as posters, worksheets and informative coloring guides for middle grade students on a variety of topics
Professional collaboration including weekly critiquing and assignment meetings and work with fellow illustrators and head editor
Extensive use of Photoshop and Google Documents
Notepads Your Way
Trained in a variety of production machines to create a variety of notepad products as well as machine maintenance
Proved my efficiency with both the machines and process
Worked at website maintenance as per requested
Learned how to create and design products from idea to completion
2010 - present
2010 - present
Jacksonville High Art Teacher, Onslow County Schools
Taught Art Levels I-IV: Beginning to Advanced as well as Ceramics Levels IIII: Beginning to Proficient
Aided students during lessons with one-on-one sessions to help them meet all their criteria for projects and encourage them to do their best
Collaborated with countywide and districtwide art shows including All-County Arts, Jacksonville Art Night, and Annual Mall Showing
Participated in grading and edition senior projects and papers afterschool as well as mentored several students with their art-related senior projects
Created lesson plans according to the Common Core standards and adapted them to meet the needs of every new classroom including adjusting for ESL and EC students
Savannah School of Art and Design
2016 - present
Master’s of Fine Arts in Illustration 3.75 GPA
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts: Art Education with K-12 Certification 3.86 GPA
Lloyd International Honors College: International Honors Program
UNCG Teaching Fellows 2007-2011
Study Abroad: Manchester Metropolitan University, Winter 2010