In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of creating a children's picture book based on their own writing or a retelling of a classic fairy tale. Students will learn how to create a "book dummy" from start to finish along with one finished, colored artwork that will be ready to be presented to a publisher. Students will also learn the workings of how to break into the children's book market, how to query an agent, and the difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing.
Prerequisite: Have ready a basic idea for a story (not yet written) or pick a fairy tale you wish to retell so you have the story line in place.
A ream of white paper to sketch on
A pencil and an eraser
Access to a scanner
Access to a computer for virtual meetings
Access to Zoom for our virtual classroom (a link will be emailed to each student prior to the start of dass)
Students can also choose to work digitally in any creative software they choose
Basic drawing skills are highly recommended, but not required
Materials of your choosing to create one finished page in color (students may wish to use watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics, oils, inks, or work digitally and have access to a creative software program such as Photoshop or Procreate on the iPad).