Classic Children’s Book Illustration

Enrollment and Placement

To help ensure that students enroll in the correct course levels, Scholé Academy requires many students to complete placement evaluations. Placement evaluations are only provided to students after the corresponding course registration has been completed. A placement assessment will be required in the following situations:

  • if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
  • if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
  • if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
  • if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.

First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Parents are encouraged to connect with the Scholé Academy Principal and/or with the course instructor to make the best enrollment decision for their student.

Registration is not finalized until the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.

There is a $75 deposit built into the cost of each course.

  • Withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
  • On May 1 and before July 31 withdrawals are granted a full tuition refund less the $75 deposit.
  • On August 1 and before the drop/add deadline, withdrawals are granted a ½ tuition refund

View our full assessment policies and enrollment and withdrawal policies in the Student-Parent Handbook.

Are there stories within you that you would like to tell? Learn to illuminate your very own narrative in the style of beloved children’s books with the help of this course. We will discover why these beautiful illustrations exude warmth, kindness, and creativity, and then will adapt their simple yet timeless style to our own personal masterpieces.

What is it about those classic children’s book illustrations that open a door to another world? One where we can imagine tromping through the Hundred Acre Wood with Christopher Robin, or waltzing through an English Cottage Garden on the heels of Benjamin Bunny? While it could take a lifetime to fully understand the magical grasp these little images have on us, this fall we will begin that journey! We will explore how a stroke of the pen can open the imagination, our memories, and even whole new worlds.

We will begin our studies by focusing on the illustrations of E.H. Shepard’s Winnie-the-Pooh and the paintings, drawings and illustrations of Beatrix Potter, the author and illustrator of the beloved Peter Rabbit book series.

We will study their art and pictures and begin to articulate what it might be that sets these works apart. From there we will begin creating characters and narratives of our own, taking cues from the worlds around us—as they did from theirs—and using this as a basis for our own illustrations. While we won’t be able to do all our hearts desire in one semester, we will put ourselves on a path that may help us beyond the confines of our class and give us a taste of what we may someday create.



*** Our class time will be comprised of demonstrations, individual instruction, work-time, and class discussion. Students do not need any prior art experience. The class will start simple dealing with foundational principles. Course material will gradually build in complexity, ending with emphasis on working from observation, creating dynamic compositions, and color mixing. Students will practice thinking like an artist. They will engage in the whole creative process from generating ideas, making intentional decisions with each aspect of their work, and reflecting on what they have made.

Students will be encouraged to practice exercises taught in class and may need to work out- side of class to complete projects.

Along with hands-on studio work, students will participate in regular class critiques, creating a forum for the group to constructively collaborate and discuss creative outcomes.

Students can also expect ongoing dialogues and study of classical illustrations.  



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Required Materials

Drawing Section

  • Set of drawing pencils
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Sketchbook
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Micron pens or other ink pens
  • Bristol board drawing paper pad
  • Illustration board
  • Ruler
  • Drawing board
  • Blue painters tape

Painting Section

  • Set of watercolor paints
  • Watercolor palette
  • Several watercolor brushes of varying sizes (round, flat, filbert.)
  • Water cup
  • Watercolor paper pad
  • Watercolor paper for final projects
  • Rags or paper towels


  • Set of colored pencils
  • Apron to keep clothing clean
  • Watercolor stretching board
  • Small spray bottle
  • Masking fluid

You will want a variety of long-handled oil/acrylic paint brushes. Look for “round,” “flat,” and “filbert” styled brushes. You should have a few larger brushes (up to an inch wide) as well as a handful of smaller brushes.

Paint palettes come in several different styles. I recommend a glass palette as they will be the easiest to keep clean. You may also buy a wooden palette or a pad of dis- posable paper palettes. Your palette should be no smaller than 9×12”.
*If you choose to purchase a glass palette, I recommend also purchasing a razor scraper which can be used to scrape up dried paint.

Hyperlinks for recommended brands of supplies is coming soon. Please note that it is OK if you decide to purchase other brands/variations of these materials.



Sean Oswald holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Painting and Drawing from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelors degree in arts education from Miami University, Ohio. Before attending graduate school, Sean studied painting and drawing at the Carraige House Atelier with Garin Baker learning the “alla prima” style. His work combines both traditional and contemporary practices with a focus on still life, landscape, portraiture and figure painting. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and hangs in collections around the United States. Sean has over ten years experience teaching in a variety of contexts including the college level, K-12 public schools, Classical schools, homeschools, and privately and he also serves as the upper school fine arts teacher at Live Oak Classical School. Currently Sean works out of his home studio in Waco, Texas where he lives with his wife Hilary and their two daughters Beatrice and Josephine.

Sean is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to help foster the artistic gifts of others and to point them back to God in worshipful reverence. soswald.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.



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