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Introduction to Illustration (6 weeks on Tuesday evenings, $225)

  • Oficio 136 Brookline Avenue, Suite 2A Boston, MA 02155 USA (map)
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"An illustration is a visual editorial - it's just as nuanced. Everything that goes into it is a call you make: every color, every line weight, every angle.


-Charles M. Blow

This 6-week class meeting on Tuesday evenings introduces students to the primary elements that comprise a strong illustration. During weeks 1-3, through a mixture of demonstration and guided exercises, students learn about working with the visual components of illustration including value, composition, color, line weight, and style. During week 4, students learn to apply these visual methods to convey a particular concept. Concepts focused on in this course will be related to using illustration to communicate a social challenge or motivate social change. During weeks 5 & 6, students will have guided class time to complete their final poster illustration. Opportunities for critique of work progress will be provided throughout the class.


Meet the Instructor

Julie Griffin has a background in fine art, education, and graphic design. She brings a strong collaborative nature, sensitivity to a variety of fine arts materials, and design-thinking mindset to her work as a graphic designer and educator. She has experience working with learners of all ability levels and individually tailors her instruction to meet student goals and needs. She believes that creative thinking and artistic problem solving skills benefit students not just personally but professionally, regardless of their career path. A continual learner herself, Julie holds a BFA in Illustration from Washington University in St. Louis, a MS in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College, and a Certificate in Graphic Design from Massachusetts College of Art & Design. She has completed design and illustration work for a variety of arts and educational organizations including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Art Connection, Arrowstreet Architecture & Design, and Edenred. In her spare time, Julie loves to draw in gardens, collect samples of hand-drawn type, and practice her watercolor skills. Learn more about Julie and her work at


Tuesday, January 8, 2019 / 6:30pm-9:00pm @ Oficio 136 Brookline Ave.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 / 6:30pm-9:00pm @ Oficio 136 Brookline Ave.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 / 6:30pm-9:00pm @ Oficio 136 Brookline Ave.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 / 6:30pm-9:00pm @ Oficio 136 Brookline Ave.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 / 6:30pm-9:00pm @ Oficio 136 Brookline Ave.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 / 6:30pm-9:00pm @ Oficio 136 Brookline Ave.


Just yourself! Each student will be provided with the necessary materials for each class including paint, brushes, ink pens, pencils, scissors, and bristol board. Students are welcome to bring laptops as well, though it is not required.


This class is $225 per student and includes the materials listed above. There is a maximum of 15 students per class.


Meet the instructor, go over the syllabus, and ask any questions in person in these upcoming information sessions:

Tuesday, December 18th / 6:30pm - 9:00pm (Click to learn more & RSVP)