Fall Illustration Studio, Levels I + II (grades 7+)

ILLUSTRATION STUDIO, Levels I + II
Grades 7+ (younger participants will be considered)
Mondays, 3:15-5:15pm
7 Sessions: October 22-December 10 (No class November 19)
Cost: Engine offers Pay-What-You-Can for all students, also known as sliding-scale, with families assessing their own need and paying what they can afford.

Only you know what works for your budget. For your reference, suggested fee categories cover:
•$20 = cost of materials
•$110 = materials & instructor time
•$175 = actual per-person cost
•$195= actual cost of class + $20 contribution to Engine’s education scholarship fund**
**These contributions offset program fees and allow us to sustain sliding-scale pricing.




Illustrators shape and reflect how we see ourselves; they communicate concerns, issues, and challenges in ways we can relate to. Illustrators make images that convey points of view, enhance the meaning of a story, or tell a complicated truth.

In this class, students will explore drawing, illustration, and design. Demonstrations, samples, discussion, and reviews of the student’s own works will be used to teach students how to better articulate and reflect on their growth and practice. Students will work with real-world clients, such as the Heart of Biddeford, to learn to communicate, compose, and revise their own projects. Projects will involve practical technique demos in simple wet and dry media and free time to explore and express themselves.

Student activities and outcomes will include:

  • Learning techniques of sketching, drawing, watercolor, inking, and color theory.

  • Inventing, creating, and using images for problem-solving and social engagement.

  • Discovering career pathways within the Arts and Illustration fields.

This seven-week class will feature three main projects designed to engage students’ skills & technique, problem-solving, and public engagement through creative practice. Projects will include a poster campaign for the Heart of Biddeford, identity & personal narratives, and illustrating the effects of  technology in daily life. Projects and skill-building is developed in alignment with current state of Maine educational priorities.***

Instructor Info: Alex Rheault is a local exhibiting artist, curator, and writer who teaches drawing, cartooning, and fashion illustration. She is an Assistant Adjunct Lecturer at University of New England’s Department of Arts. Her focus is community service and learning, and has new works in flotsam and jetsam on view UNE’s Campus Center in October 2018.

Email learn@feedtheengine.org to inquire about sliding scale & payment plans.

***ME Guiding Principles:
Clear and Effective Communicator; Self-Directed and Lifelong Learner; Creative and Practical Problem Solver; Responsible and Involved Citizen
ME Visual and Performing Arts Standards: Disciplinary Literacy; Creation, Performance, and Expression; Creative Problem Solving; Visual Arts Connections


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