Summer Workshop Program 2024

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$700 - Subsidized Level
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Mike Curato Visual Alchemy and the Building Blocks of Picture Book Illustration June 23 to June 28, 2024 Time 9 am - 12 pm Discipline: Picture Book Illustration Intermediate/Advanced On-site Housing NOT Available - Off-site Housing Options
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In this workshop we will discuss the fundamentals of picture book illustration. We’ll talk about harnessing elements like composition, light, color, character design, and layout to elicit emotion and create a compelling visual narrative. We’ll also review the history of picture books, talk about how to do visual research, and practice making a book dummy. At the end of the week, I’ll share insider industry tips on pitching books and working with art directors and publishers. There will be hands-on exercises and critiques in class each day, as well as opportunities for portfolio reviews.


Optional: If you have a picture book manuscript you’d like to be reviewed, please send it to by June 7.



Mike Curato is the author and illustrator of picture books including the award winning Little Elliot series and Where Is Bina Bear?, as well as Flamer, his debut young adult graphic novel, which was awarded the 2020 Lambda Literary Award and the 2021 Massachusetts Book Award. He also illustrated If I Were a Fish by Corook and Oliva Barton, What Are You? by Christian Trimmer, All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, The Power of One by Trudy Ludwig, and What If... by Samantha Berger. He lives in Northampton, MA.

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