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Illustration and Visual Storytelling


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Illustration and Visual Storytelling


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Students will learn how to tell stories through pictures, learn how to use color, value, framing, and other tools to support their work, and gain mastery in pencil, charcoal, and ink mediums. This course will provide basic understandings of the different mediums covered, as well as drawing techniques, to supplement the story-based curriculum. The course goes through the various steps required to make a dynamic, interesting, and focused illustration, and will allow students to experiment with different artistic styles and literary inspirations. Students will learn how to illustrate everything from fairytales to science fiction, adapting scenes from literature and from their own imagination, and will learn how to research and find references for period pieces. The curriculum will go over the creative uses of different mediums and how illustrations are used in different print formats. Students will be held to artistic critique and learn how to discuss and collaborate with others, and be provided with possible uses for these skills in everyday life. Finally, students will be able to develop their own project and work independently for a creative final based on their own interests.


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B, HB, and H drawing pencils

Prismacolor 12 pack of colored pencils

Willow Chalk Charcoal

Vine Charcoal

Kneaded Eraser/Pink Eraser

Speedball India Ink

Small Paintbrushes

Artist Pen: (Faber Castelli, Pitt, or Micron are good brands) 0.5 mm size

Drawing Sketchbook (8×10 inch minimum)

Mixed Media sketchbook (9×12)


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Jamie Anderson

Rebekah Hair is an artist, author, and teacher who was born in the mountains but spent most of her childhood in Beaumont, Texas. She is the oldest of seven, many of whom have attended Excelsior Classes. While growing up, Rebekah would make up stories with her stuffed animals and would play them with my younger brothers. Eventually, her storytelling adapted into a love for artwork and writing. She loves art and color, strong emotions and stories, and creating new worlds for stories.

Rebekah graduated from Louisiana Christian University in 2021 and self-published her first picture book shortly after. Since then, she has worked as an art teacher and freelance illustrator, helping other small book projects as an illustrator. Her first official book, Take That, Hurricane!, a picture book focusing on hurricane recovery, will release this year. 

Rebekah credits taking courses with a passionate teacher for her becoming an artist. As a teacher, her joy resides in helping other artists find their purpose.


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