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Illustrate Dynamic Picture Book Characters with Personality--FLEX (High School)

Get ready to draw! Learn how to illustrate expressive, dynamic picture-book characters. We will look at picture books as an art form, and how to design characters whose emotions and movements jump off the page and tell a compelling story.
Barbara McKay, PhD
20 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 11 learners
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How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Throughout the course, we will address numerous illustrative concepts, including:
-	Line
-	Shape
-	Color
-	Proportion
-	Balance on the Page
-	Light and Contrast
-	The connection between story and picture
-	Style
-	Matching the style and character to the story
-	How to use a Discovery Sketch technique to explore character illustration

---National Core Arts Standards Covered---

Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.

Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.

Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

Anchor Standard #9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.
I am an award-winning, published author and illustrator. I have taught literary analysis and creative writing at the university-level for over fifteen years—both in the classroom and online. I have advised many people on specific story projects, helping them solidify their narratives and characters and begin the process of publishing. 
Each week there are several drawing activities for you to do on your own that will reinforce the lesson and help you develop your illustration skills.  You will be challenged to think creatively and really stretch the way you think about art, story, and how to convey emotion and movement. Art is posted for feedback either publicly or privately in the Outschool classroom. 

There are also illustration-analysis discussion questions posted in the Outschool classroom forum for students to engage with me and their peers.
--REQUIRED-- Pencil (while any kind of pencil is fine, you will notice a difference using some drawing pencils. I recommend these. Paper (plain printer paper will work, but again, some drawing-specific paper is better. I recommend either of these. or The 9x12 size is large enough for you to really play. It is my preferred sketchbook size) --OPTIONAL-- Erasable red and blue pencils (These are great for undersketches. I use Prismacolor color col-erase , ) Pencil sharpener (non electric if you are using art pencils. Electric sharpeners eat your pencils so fast!) Possibly a light box ( This is good for finalizing drawings over sketches you do. Definitely not necessary, but I use them. It is also a great learning tool for tracing photos of objects to get a sense of their shape/movement )
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The final project is a character study that students will create in which they illustrate either a character from literature or a character they have made up.

A certificate of completion is available upon request
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.


Barbara McKay, PhDAuthor, Instructor
20 total reviews
13 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Barbara; thank you for your interest in my courses.

I hold a PhD in Literature, Narrative and Media Production, an MA in Literature and Creative Writing, and a BA in Literature; and my teaching history includes over twelve years... 
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