Children's Books, Comics, and Cartoons: An Introduction to Illustration and Visual Storytelling

Regular $175.00
Member $157.50
June 21, 2021-June 25, 2021
10 a.m.-Noon
13 to 17
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
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Week-Long (Youth or Intensive)
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Jump into the joyful experience of illustrating children’s picture books and graphic novels with national award-winning designer and illustrator Aurora Whittet Best as she demonstrates her approach to visual storytelling through stylistic inspiration, character development, and storyboarding.

This fun week long class lays out the foundation of becoming a cartoonist and illustrator for work or play. We’ll explore the history of cartoons in comic books, comic strips, book illustrations, and many others. Learn about different mediums and techniques to find your individual style. We will also work to overcome your own obstacles and fears as we put it all together with text in a supportive environment.

For this class you will need blank paper, pencil, black marker, and any type of color medium (marker, colored, pencil, crayon, etc). You are welcome to use additional mediums or art supplies you already have, but they are not required.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access the live meeting portions of this class, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. You will receive instruction on how to join your Zoom classroom approximately one week before your class is set to begin and then again on the start date of your class. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes will have supplemental Google Classroom pages. In order to access the Google Classroom page for this class, you will need a Gmail account. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. You will be invited to join your class' Google Classroom page at least 24 hours before the start of the class. If we do not have a Gmail address on file for you, you will be contacted by a Loft staff member. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.