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2018 Workshops for Illustrators

Calling all illustrators! 2018 is shaping up to be YOUR year at our Retreat Center: we just launched our inaugural Visual Arts Exhibit to showcase Shadra Strickland’s artwork, and soon we’re opening up the Art Coop, an artspace where artists can hang out, network and stretch their creative muscles. We’ve also put together a great lineup of workshops of interest to you:

Color, Light, Line & Texture 2018Looking to add some new techniques and do some fun art projects?

Just one seat left at this workshop!
Color, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop
April 26-29, 2018

Faculty: Denise Fleming, Ashley Wolff
Special Guest: Judy Schachner
Come play in paint, explore collage, dive into textiles during this hands-on retreat for everyone. No art experience required! Register now.


Floyd Cooper
Floyd Cooper
Want to make your submission dummy as good as it can be?

Crafting a Dummy with Heart and Soul:
A Creative Incubator for Illustrators
May 24-27, 2018

Faculty: author/illustrators Floyd Cooper & Melanie Hall
Our faculty will review the basics of creating a dummy for a 32-page picture book and help you create successful illustrations from sketches to final, perfected dummy. Register now.


PB& JMake sure your text and illustrations tell the best story they can.

PB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz
June 7-10, 2018

Faculty: author & publisher Darcy Pattison & author Leslie Helakoski
Special Guests: author Kelly Bennett & editor Natalia Remis
Dig deep to understand your picture book structure, word choice, plot, voice, style, rhythm, layout, rhyme, audience, tone, and sound. You’ll get reviews on personal manuscripts from our three faculty members and receive feedback on your work from an acquiring editor and hear her discuss why she chooses the books she chooses. Register now.


Sam and Eva, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Sam and Eva, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
A very special long-form workshop with faculty mentoring for three months.

Getting to Know Your Picture Book with Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Online Course plus Onsite Retreat)
June 11-September 16, 2018

Faculty: author/illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Special Guests: author Heidi Stemple, author/illustrator Lisa Cinelli, editor Rubin Pfeffer
Give your picture book the special attention it deserves with this long-form workshop: an activity-based web series paired with a guided writing retreat.
Part 1: Weekly Sessions in a Web Classroom
Part 2: Writing and Revising On Your Own
Part 3: In-Person Workshop At Our Retreat Center
Register now.


Rose Stanton
Line drawing by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Immerse yourself in illustration techniques and gain tools for storytelling.

Illustration Intensive
July 20-23, 2018

Faculty: author/illustrators Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Matthew Cordell, Mike Curato
Special Guests: Scholastic Creative Director Patti Ann Harris, artist Merrill Rainey
Explore the ever-changing children’s book market with authors, illustrators and art directors who are currently in the field. Come learn new techniques and enjoy the camaraderie of artists who understand your passion. Daily hands-on activities will challenge you to sharpen your illustration skills with support and guidance from our talented mentors. Register now.


picture book illustrationA down-to-earth, hands-on workshop packed with valuable pointers and solid advice.

Picture Book Illustration: From Conception to Birth
October 5-7, 2018

Faculty: art director Tim Gillner
For those looking for the inside track: you’ll focus on the practical components of illustrating and making a picture book, including layout & design, medium, drawing techniques, perspective, dummy preparation and portfolios. Register now.

Posted on: April 4, 2018

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