Instructor Stories: Jessixa Bagley

Instructor Photo: Jessixa Bagley


We're thrilled to have the multi-award winning Jessixa Bagley teaching our Watercolors intensive this month. Jessixa Bagley graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking from Cornish Cornish College of Arts. She has worked in comics, fine arts, and illustration, with her work appearing in publications like the following: HighlightsNickelodeon MagazineThe Chicago ReaderThe Stranger, and The Seattle Weekly. Working on picture books has been a lifelong goal for her. 

Alexandra Penfold at Upstart Crow Literary represents Jessixa's picture books, and Neal Porter edits them.

If you'd like to get to know Jessixa a little better, you can watch this fun drawing interview she did with The New York Times Children's Book Editor Maria Russo.

Jessixa's Books

Jessixa's picture books have all received a lot of positive attention. Her debut picture book, Boats for Papa, won many awards, including: a Fall 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection, the SCBWI 2016 Golden Kite Award for Best Picture Book Text, and the 2016 Washington State Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award. The following year, Laundry Day garnered a Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall 2016 and a 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award for Writing. She collaborated with her husband on Vincent Comes Home. And her next book, Henry and Bea, is coming on October 29, 2019! 

Watercolors with Jessixa Bagley

In this In this 50-minute intensive, you'll learn how to sketch an illustration, make a tighter version of it, transfer the tighter version to watercolor paper, ink your pencil drawing, and paint your illustration with watercolors.

Illustrators need a solid foundation in drawing, and this intensive will help you improve those skills before Jessixa teaches you her techniques for painting. 

Each of Jessixa's three lessons will have a step-by-step handout to help you implement her techniques. The live review/workshop for this class will be on Sunday, November 3 at noon, PST. If you miss the live review, a replay will be available.

Jessixa also provided one of her own illustrations for students to trace, transfer, and paint for practice. So, if you don't have an idea for an illustration yet, you can still work through the intensive with her.

Book Giveaway Details

For the book giveaway, which IS open to international readers, the winner can choose one book—any book—of Jessixa’s. To enter, you must tell me which book you’d choose in the comments of this post. For additional entries, you can share the post on social media and post a link to where you’ve shared in the comments (preferably as a comment to your original comment so that all of your entries are grouped together).

You can go ahead and ask questions in the comments and interact with each other, but I won’t count those as entries.

I’ll close the contest at midnight PST on October 18. Thanks for reading and sharing!

Blog Contributors

Instructor Photo: Myrna Foster

Myrna Foster writes and edits content for Storyteller Academy and the WriteRiders Newsletter for SCBWI Nevada. She has spent a lot of time teaching and coaching children, including five years as a preschool teacher. She's also worked as a journalist, and Highlights High Five has published six of her poems. 

Arree Chung is an author/illustrator and the founder of Storyteller Academy. Arree’s Ninja! series has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Kirkus also gave a starred review to Mixed, which recently won the FCGB award. 

Today Arree lives a creative life, making stories for children. Arree spends most of his time making picture books, writing middle grade novels, and sharing his love for art, design, and storytelling with kids and dreamers everywhere.

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12 thoughts on “Instructor Stories: Jessixa Bagley”

  1. Chrystal Creswell

    I’m looking forward to the watercolor intensive. If I was chosen, the book I’d love is Before I Leave.

  2. I already took the first lesson and It is awesome. She really does take us step by step, but even experienced artists will benefit from her insight and knowledge. I’m so excited to do Jessixa’s Watercolor Intensive. I’d LOVE Laundry Day.

  3. I’d love to get one of her books too!
    Will have to find the intensive. First I’ve heard of it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I watched the intensive this morning. I really enjoyed the eye dropper technique, never seen that done before! I’d be interested in Before I Leave for the giveaway. Looking forward to the workshop!

  5. I’d love the Spanish version of Boats for Papa. Such a gorgeous story. Would be wonderful to add to the via Libro library in Peru.

  6. I think my daughter would enjoy Laundry Day because even though she is 2, she loves helping with the laundry.
    I get these emails from Reedsy that involve short story contests. I would love to enter, my only problem is that I don’t know where to start in my story. They give us prompts and we have to choose one. I can get an idea and everything, but actually starting it and writing the first sentence is hard. I haven’t written anything creative in a long time and I have been struggling on where to start.

  7. Pamela Courtney

    All of these book selections will serve my little kiddos in my literacy and music session. However, that relationship between Henry and Bea intrigues me. Makes me think it will be a useful resource in my program. LOve the post. Thank you for your generosity!

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