Get Published! Illustration Courses

The only course of it's kind in the Triangle where students work on live illustration assignments, and have the opportunity to have their artwork printed in local, regional and national publications.

Students get a unique opportunity to study with the Art Director from The Illustration Studio of Raleigh and former Illustrator from the News & Observer, as they work on real assignments for actual print and online publication. 

This course also develops visual commuications skills by teaching how to develop sharp visual concepts to accompany the written word. This course is ideal for building portfolio pieces for High School and College-Bound Artists.

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CARY MAGAZINE AUGUST 2015 : CSCA Live Assignment

Students Illustrate Familiar Theme: School

By Amber Keister


For the August issue, Cary Magazine has teamed up with a talented group of student artists to help get readers

in the mood to go Back to School.

Tom Hutchison, with the Cary School of Creative Arts, proposed a real-life assignment for his “Get Published! Illustration Camp”

held at Cary Academy in June.

He asked 13 area teens to create an illustration to open our section of education-related articles.

The artwork that best represented the theme would then appear in Cary Magazine.

“I wanted the kids to realize that illustration is not limited to just children's books

— that editorial illustration is a great outlet for their talents,” Hutchison said.  

“When these kids see their illustration published, and in a beautiful magazine that thousands of others will see,

that is a tremendous feeling.”

Under the direction of teacher Kristin Schiffman and guidance from Cary Magazine staff,

the 13 participants worked hard on their drawings of backpacks, books, alphabets and apples.

“We felt fortunate to work with a recognizable, local publication like Cary Magazine,” said Schiffman.

“I think this got the kids excited, and that was definitely reflected in their work.

The ideas they came up with were so well thought out and creative!”

But ultimately, we could only choose one design. Enloe High student Ella Fischer, 15, submitted the winner

— a charming visual vignette of an uncertain student watching a school bus approach as an ice cream truck drives off.

(That's Ella, pictured above.)

We are grateful to all these campers and their hard work:

  • Rachel Boling, 13, Green Hope High
  • Emma Caley, 13, Apex Friendship High
  • Madison Cross Sugg, 16, homeschooled
  • Catherine Edbrooke, 14, Green Hope High
  • Ella Fischer, 15, Enloe High School
  • Meredith Fowler, 13, Cary Academy Middle School
  • Robert Germann, 14, Southeast Raleigh High
  • Sarah Handelsman, 13, Cary Academy
  • Ian Hutchison, Clayton High School, 12th grade
  • Savannah Kurak, 14, Green Hope
  • Julia Obert, 13, Panther Creek High School
  • Sophie White, 14, Broughton High
  • Anna Wolff, 15, Raleigh Charter High

Look for the winning drawing, and more back-to-school stories, in the August issue of Cary Magazine, which will land in a rack near you next week! 


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Beginner Art Programs


Anime Class     Introduction to Cartooning Class

                           Anime Class                                          Intro to Cartooning Class                                                                             

Mini-Monets (Ages 5 - 7)

This Art class is a fun introduction to the world of drawing and painting. We'll use some of the world's most recognized masterpieces and some of their favorite characters as our starting points, so that your little artist will get to try all kinds of artistic materials including watercolors, oil pastels and chalk pastels as we recreate some of those famous works. We'll learn some new drawing techniqes and see how basic shapes, and the 3 primary colors, help us to create our own wonderful artwork. Each day our Mini-Monets will proudly come home with a new piece of artwork.  

Adult Recreational Classes

Oil Pastels

As close to oil painting as it gets, without all the cleanup. This class is ideal for adults, at any level of experience, looking to develop their talents with oils. We'll focus on drawing and painting from life as well as studying and recreating some of the world's most famous works.

Intro Watercolor

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