Course Description

RISD CE Children's Book Illustration course

Illustration by Grace Saadi

Children's books captivate and guide a child into an imaginative universe by combining dynamic images with evocative words. This online course provides an introduction to both through video presentations and tutorials. The fundamentals of illustrating for children are explained point by point in these tutorials and discussed, from design, text integration, character creation and color palette, to concept development and storyboarding. Texts are provided for all assignments; however, students may use their own manuscripts to work on within the context of assignments, and are encouraged to develop their own characters and work from their ideas. Assignments are presented and critiqued weekly through discussion boards. Some instruction is provided in watercolor as a medium in video demonstrations, but students may also choose media they already know, or want to explore, for their assignments. By completing several illustrations and a storyboard by the end of the course, students will get a taste of illustrating and writing for children.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Jun 20, 2023 to Jul 30, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $440.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 11, 2023
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 04, 2023 to Jun 14, 2023
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 20, 2023 to Jul 30, 2023
Necessary Supplies

Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books. For most classes, the cost is under $125 (estimate). A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class. 

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store. 

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