Writing & Illustrating a Picture Book
This course, taught by two writer/illustrators, will show how to create a children’s picture book. Students will learn how to incorporate text and sequential images to create a mock-up or “book dummy” presentable to a publisher. Student may use the media of their choice whether traditional or digital.
This class is co-taught by Ilse Plume & Ioana Hobai.
Ilse Plume is a Caldecott Honor Book Award Winner for her book The Bremen-Town Musicians. She has illustrated many folktales from around the world, including ones from Italy, Russia, Germany, Sweden, and Latvia.
Ilse was inspired to write and illustrate children’s books by her daughter, and her love of books and international tales was nurtured by her grandfather.
Plume has a B.F.A. & M.F.A. from Drake University, and studied printmaking at Santa Reparata, now called (SRISA — Santa Reparata International School of Art) in Florence, Italy.
Ilse has taught at MCAD, RISD, Mass College of Art & Design, and SMFA/Tufts; as well as the Umbrella Center for the Arts.
Exhibitions of her work have been at the De Cordova Museum, the Concord Free Public library, and the Trinity Gallery.
Ilse is currently working on a picture book set in Italy.
Ioana Hobai grew up in Bucharest, Romania, where she first learned to paint with her uncle who was a professional artist. She attended the Nicolae Tonitza art school in Bucharest and has a B.Arch / M.Arch from the Ion Mincu Institute of Architecture and Urbanism. She made her debut as an illustrator with Before You Sleep (2018) by Annie Cronin Romano.
Her author-illustrator debut Lena’s Slippers (2019), inspired by her childhood in communist Romania, was selected as a Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. A Whale of a Mistake (2020), a story about learning, growing and moving on after making a very big mistake, was a finalist for the New England Book Awards 2020.