Children's Book Illustration

Learn how to capture a child's imagination with original artwork while learning the tricks of the illustration trade. During this class, students will explore the wide range of children's book illustration, from traditional to contemporary. Students will learn what makes a children's book unique; how to communicate through illustration; and how to conceptualize and storyboard ideas. The instructor will also demonstrate a variety of materials that can be used to illustrate a book. Students will be encouraged to experiment with different media and begin to create their own children's books, from the sketch phase to final illustrations. The instructor will also provide information on how to enter this competitive field and navigate the business practices of working as a children's book illustrator. / Materials fee of $6 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above. / View complete policies.

Prerequisite: Previous drawing and painting experience helpful, but not required.

What to bring: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook. A complete list of suggested materials will be discussed during the first class meeting.

Register Before: September 5
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings
Register on or before August 12 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

VA 4139 FA19
Date Start: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Date End: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
6:30–9:30 p.m
Main Building, Room 440
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 16 and above
Days of Week: 
Illustration and Comic Art
Previous drawing and painting experience helpful, but not required.