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Intermediate Illustration (Spring)

Scholé Academy Placement Process
Placement Process

One critical factor for restful learning is the proper placement of students. If you are unsure which level is the best fit for your student, reach out to the instructor you are considering. Once registered, anticipate contact regarding placement evaluations from instructors by May 15th and throughout the summer. Students must be registered to enter the placement process. Early placement exams may allow time for tutoring or additional review based on the outcomes. See more about placement evaluations in our Student-Parent Handbook.

In this second level of Illustration, students will be challenged to build upon the basics of illustration, character design, Color Theory, and visual communication through storytelling as learned in Introduction to Illustration. After experiencing a variety of mediums and illustrative styles in Introduction to Illustration, students will enjoy creative freedom in completing projects in their chosen medium, while continuing to develop their own unique illustrative style.

In this course students will consider how to incorporate more abstract themes, concepts, and ideas into their work, and endeavor to do so with intentionality.

Students will also continue to explore the relationship between text and image, and create as both author and illustrator. Students will create detailed characters, settings, and explore contemporary uses of illustration found in the world around them including album covers, posters, and more. Through demonstrations, personal instruction, and creative exercises, students will explore different subjects/compositions, textures, papers, and application techniques suitable for each unique medium.    


Students will be encouraged to practice exercises taught in class and may need to work outside 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. Individual artist statements will be required with most finished pieces of work, giving students another opportunity to articulate their interpretive intent and their understanding of process and design concepts.


Students can also expect ongoing dialogues about historic and contemporary illustrators. This course is supplemented by readings and reflections on art and faith. The hope of the instructor is that through engagement in the class, students will be brought to a deeper appreciation of the visual world and the creative love of its Maker.


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Required Course Materials:

Any kind of sketchbook (minimum size 8x10in.): We will use these for exercises. If you already have one that you use, that will do!

  • Pad of 11 x 14 white drawing paper (50–80 lb. medium surface), 24 sheets minimum. Any brand.
  • Set of colored pencils and/or colored artist markers, 30 count at least. Prismacolor, Staedtler, or Arteza recommended. See links for examples: markers and/or colored pencils
  • Set of Graphite Pencils (with various degrees of hardness) See link for example. If you already have drawing pencils that you use, that will do!
  • Set of black artist pens (Assorted) See link .


Additional Materials (Optional)


  • Watercolor Set (any brand)
  • Watercolor paper



Nicole Parnell holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art from Messiah University and specializes in two-dimensional studies. In addition to teaching, Nicole works as a freelance Artist in a broad range of mediums including drawing, painting, and illustration. Her work has been exhibited in galleries such as the Susquehanna Art Museum, the Square Halo Gallery, and the Aughinbaugh Gallery of Messiah University.

Nicole is excited to share her passion for art and to continually explore with students what it means to be made in the image of God, and to demonstrate God’s nature as a Creator through our ability to create. Nicole has extensive experience working with students of all ages and from a variety of educational backgrounds, particularly homeschoolers, and students transitioning to virtual learning. She is appreciative of the opportunity to teach through Scholé Academy, and is eager to foster artistic reverence, wonder, and growth, and to provide students with a faith-based creative environment.  In addition to art, Nicole enjoys quality time with her family, reading, and spending a copious amount of time outdoors—especially at the beach.  [email protected]





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:

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  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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