Illustration Class – June 27-30, 2022


Where: Midtown Elementary School
When: Monday through Thursday, June 27-30, 2022. 12:00pm-1:00pm
Supplies: Included in class fee (pencils, pens, colored pencils, and markers)
Art Instructor: Noel Newquist (Mr. New)

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Illustration Learning Targets

The purpose of the Illustration Class is to learn how to tell stories with art. The first two sessions will focus on parts of a story – characters, setting, and plot. The final two sessions will focus on putting those pieces together to create full scale illustrations of different kinds. These classes are OPEN TO ALL AGES. You’re never too young or old to start learning about art!


The $80 registration fee includes all supplies and all four days of class. June 27-30, 12pm-1pm, at Midtown Elementary.

Session Offerings

Monday, June 27th – Character Design
Learn how to build a character from the ground up, including back story, personality traits, and visual appearance.

Tuesday, June 28th – Setting Creation
Learn how to design a setting that visualizes the mood of the story and draws the viewers into a new world.

Wednesday, June 29th – Full Page Illustrations
Learn how to illustrate a full page of a story, including characters and setting, while telling the plot of the story through visual means.

Thursday, June 30th – Making Comic Strips
Learn how to layout a comic strip or page, using frames to tell a sequential story.

Showcase from Previous Art Camps


Mister New will provide all of the necessary supplies, to include pencils, erasers, papers, Micron pens, colored pencils, Copic markers, etc. As references, students in the Illustration course will use favorite stories, photographs, and imagination. If you wish, you may also choose to bring your own supplies and/or stories in addition to those provided.

Class Size

A maximum of 15 students will be allowed per session. If that threshold is met, we will consider offering the same classes again later in the summer.


Midtown Elementary School
140 Coefer Blvd
Madison, AL 35758

Art Instructor

The Illustration sessions will be taught by local elementary school art teacher: Noel Newquist, known as Mr. New by students across Madison. As a National Board Certified art teacher for Madison City’s elementary schools, Mr. New has 14 years of experience working with every level of art student, from beginners to national award-winners. To enjoy free lessons from Mr. New, check out Mr. New’s Art Class on YouTube.


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