Children’s Book Illustration

Do you remember your favorite book to read as a child? Do you remember how reading it made you feel? Here is an opportunity to recreate that nostalgic feel by creating your own children’s book/short story. The overall aim of this class is to teach you how to develop a compelling narrative-focused children’s book while also providing an understanding of storytelling, character, and environmental design, and finally drafting and composition of the book. Students are encouraged to utilize any medium for their projects. A demonstration on creating captivating characters and settings to fit the narrative you wish to share is how we will commence the class, and independent work time will follow the demonstration.

There will be time during the class and specific days designated for group sharing and critique. Finalized illustrations will be digitally scanned and cleaned up for final file layout and submission. There will be a minimum of 13 pages and a maximum of 18 pages for the stories. This course will allow you to dive deep into your creative pool and provide a step-by-step guide on learning how to compose an illustrated children’s book, so join me as we explore the depths of our inner child together!

Please note: this is an 8-session course. Fleisher will be closed on January 16 and February 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

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. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

What you will learn:

  • How to create a compelling narrative

  • Character and environmental design

  • How color can communicate emotion on a page

  • Book drafting and composition

  • Learn the difference between Independent publishing and traditional publishing

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.