5) Illustrate your Children’s Story

Develop a solid start to illustrating your children’s story over these 2 intensive weekends. This imaginative, yet structured class will guide you through character-development methods, different mediums and colour use, and knowledge of design theory to accentuate composition.

Work in the first weekend will be developed primarily in black and white to solidify unique characters and their environment. Time will also be allotted for technical considerations, such as book and page layout, and organizing text to highlight events in the story. Participants can further develop their work in the 2 weeks in between. The second weekend will focus on utilizing professional knowledge of colour, mediums, and techniques to develop the illustrations in colour. To make full use of the group’s time together, participants will be asked to gather photo images and other children’s books to inspire their characters and environment beforehand.

This course is a great follow up on the creative writing courses 35) Writing for Children

Class Outline

  1. Share: written stories (which may be entirely visual)
  2. Develop: Character & their World
  3. Technical decisions: Divide text and Page size
  4. Techniques: Masking fluid and tape
  5. Composition: Contrast & Repetition
  6. Colour: Sensitivity in Mixing and Relativity
  7. Bring together: Contrasting techniques
  8. Review work & Establish Goal to Complete Book 

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

Participants are required to buy their own materials beforehand and bring them to every class

  • Liquid watercolour (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, White)
  • Gouache (professional individual tubs OR student quality package to explore)
  • Paper (smooth, heavy weight)
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil (hard and soft, E.g. 2B & 8B)
  • Any additional supplies:  red pen, markers,
  • Range of brushes (small flat tip, small round tip, medium round, etc)
  • Palette (or flat lid)
  • Masking tape
  • Solid, A3 size board to fix work onto
  • Participants are asked to bring children’s books that they admire

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Sat, 21 Oct, 2017
Sat, 11 Nov, 2017
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
VCUQatar, Room 254
QAR 850


Charlene Kasdorf

M.Ed., BFA, Dipl. Graphic Design

Charlene has lived and worked as an artist, illustrator, and educator in Canada, Thailand, Switzerland, the UK, and currently in Qatar. She earned her BFA with Honors in her home country of Canada. While living internationally, she embraced teaching art at various levels and earned her Master’s in International Education in Switzerland. She has contributed to various Qatar-based art and education projects, with past collaborations including the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Qatar Museum Family Programmes, Medina Publishing, and several international schools in Doha. She is an active member of the Association of Illustrators and the International Artists of Doha. In her home, Kasdorf nurtures her own two imaginative “sand pirates.” See more at: http://www.charlenekasdorf.com.