Writing and illustrating picture books for young children is the focus of this introductory course. Through weekly home assignments and in-class critiques and discussions, you will build your illustration portfolio and develop your book project. Discussions will include the history of children's books, materials and techniques, design considerations, the business of publishing, and the challenges and opportunities of working in the field today. There will be lectures from visiting professionals in the book industry. If you want to jump into the world of children's books and enjoy lots of hard work, this course is for you. NOTE: If you have a story you are already working on, please bring it and illustration samples to the first session.