Children’s Book Illustration

Do you love children’s books? Here is your chance to explore the possibilities of the medium. This workshop will provide a step by step process to learn how to compose an illustrated children’s book. You will begin with an inspiration, e.g. a story, poem, song or any other idea appropriate for a children’s book. The aim of this class is to gain the technical skill and knowledge required to complete a cover, a splash and a spread. Students are encouraged to work with any medium for their project. The first portion of the class will be spent on demonstrations by the instructor and students will then have a chance to work independently and share their work in progress with the instructor and the class.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for summer term assistance is Friday, May 27th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, June 1st.

What you will learn:

  • Basic layout for visual storytelling

  • Style selection for the composition of the book

  • Character development, color composition, and environment design

  • Basic typography

  • Understanding the extent of detailing

Required supplies:

  • Supplies will depend on the project. Students are welcome to use oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, collage or any other medium. For layout paper, pencil and color pencil or acrylic is necessary. The final illustration can be done on paper or canvas.

  • Students are encouraged to have examples of any children book or illustration they are inspired by.