Illustrator Intensive

Nov 09, 2024

Online event

Ready to hone your character design and visual storytelling and get a feel for what it’s like to work with an art director? Join us for an illustrator's intensive with Katie Fitch, Scholastic Art Director. Based on Katie’s assignment, you will develop initial sketches for her review, then apply her feedback to prepare your final full-color pieces to share during the Zoom Intensive on Saturday, November 9. *Registration Deadline: August 11.*

We are thrilled to announce our November SCBWI-Nebraska Illustrator’s Intensive with Katie Fitch, Scholastic Art Director

Date & Time: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2024, 9:30am – 2:30pm (CENTRAL time)

**Registration deadline: August 11**

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Meet the Instructor

Katie Fitch is currently an Art Director at Scholastic. She has worked in the industry for over fifteen years and at several houses, including Penguin, HarperCollins, and Abrams. She studied graphic design in college, graduating with a BFA in visual communications. Day to day at Scholastic, she works on a range of formats including picture books, middle grade, graphic novels and some board books/novelty formats. Outside of work, she enjoys tennis, skiing, spending time with family, and reading to/with her six-year-old daughter and three-year-old son.

Key titles:  "I Color Myself Different" and "We Are Free, You and Me" by Colin Kaepernick, Sofia Sanchez’s "You Are Loved" and "You Are Enough," and the "Lovely Day" picture book, "George Brown Class Clown" series, Bob Books series.

Which book helped you become a reader? "Miss Rumphius" by Barbara Cooney has always stuck with me. “You must do something to make the world more beautiful.”

Want to know more? Here are the details:

SCBWI-Nebraska Webinar Coordinator Sheli Petersen will send you the assignment details and instructions by August 12. The final art will be due to Sheli on November 7. See below for additional due dates.

Cost: $60 Members | $75 Non-Members

Optional Portfolio Review, directly following Intensive: 15-minute zoom critique with Katie Fitch (only 12 slots available!)

Cost: $65 Members | $80 Non-Members

Timeline for Illustrator's Intensive Assignment:

Sun, Aug 11: Registration DUE

Mon, Aug 12: Assignment emailed

Mon, Sept 9, midnight: Preliminary sketches DUE 

Tues, Oct 8: Katie’s feedback emailed to participants

Thurs, Nov 7, midnight: Final full-color art DUE 

Sat, Nov 9: Illustrator Intensive event day

Intensive Event Day Schedule – Sat, Nov 9 Central Time:

9:30am – 9:45am. Welcome & Introduction

9:45am – 12:45pm. Live critique of completed assignments with Katie and peers

12:45pm – 1:30pm. Lunch break

1:30pm – 2:15pm. Presentation by Katie 

2:15pm. Closing remarks

Optional Portfolio Review

Directly following the event, with 15-minute time slots

Only 12 slots available! Must register by August 11.

Participant’s optional portfolio review time slot will be emailed individually in mid-Septmber.

Zoom meeting link will be emailed one week prior to the event