ArtWorks 2018

Date(s) - 05/05/2018
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Thousand Oaks Public Library
1401 E. Janss Road - Thousand Oaks,

Calling all Illustrators!
SCBWI CenCal Presents


ArtWorks 2018

“Drawing on Discovery”


9:30 am to 4:30 pm May 5, 2018
Doors O
pen at 9 am
in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room  


with Maria Middleton, Art Director at Random House Children’s Books

and Antoinette Portis, best-selling author and illustrator
Registration opens February 1, 2018

PORTFOLIO DISPLAY – All attendees are encouraged to bring their portfolios along with a promotional card on the day of the event. Attendees will be encouraged to mark their favorite pieces. There will also be a private viewing by our judges and awards for the best portfolio and a runner up. 


Submit a sketch showing a character of your choice discovering something, (i.e. discovering life on Mars, discovering they’re going to be a big brother or sister, discovering fairies living in the fridge, etc) Then send your finished sketch as a 300 dpi jpeg  to no later than April 23, 2018
All submitted sketches will be reviewed for feedback at ArtWorks. Following ArtWorks and using the feedback received that day, each attendee will be invited to take their sketch to final art and then submit it to the link to be provided for final review by all faculty and participants.

GOLDEN ELEPHANT ART TOOL EXCHANGE (Better than a White Elephant Exchange)! -This was such a hit the last time that we’re bringing it back this year! Bring a wrapped artist’s tool (pack of paper, brush pen, watercolor set, etc. ) value up to $15 for our gift exchange.

Gather with faculty and your peers for a picnic lunch. (Boxed lunch included.)

Doors Open at 9 am

Members – $85 
Non-Members -$100
(Boxed lunch included)


NO refunds after April 30. Cancellations prior to April 30 are subject to a $15 service fee. 


MARIA T. MIDDLETON is the middle-grade Art Director for Random House Children’s Books. She began her career at HarperCollins and spent nearly a decade designing award-winning books for ABRAMS Kids. Maria has worked on a wide range of projects, from picture books to non-fiction to young adult novels, most notably: The Lifters by Dave Eggers, illustrated by the Fan Brothers; The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore; the New York Times bestselling Splintered series by A. G. Howard; and the new Babymouse middle-grade series, Tales from the Locker by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm. Maria is drawn to out-of-the-box thinking, hand-lettered typography, and quirky but lovable characters. She’s a southerner at heart, a New Yorker by choice; a fan of serial commas, strong coffee, and the color red. 



Antoinette Portis made her picture-book debut with the best-selling Not A Box, an ALA Geisel Honor book, and one of the New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Not A Stick was also a New York Times bestseller and A Penguin Story also a New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Book of the Year. She was a recipient of the 2010 Sendak Fellowship.

Antoinette graduated from UCLA with a degree in fine art, then worked in advertising and graphic design. She was a creative director, then a VP, at Disney before she bolted to do what she had always wanted to do: make picture books.

Her recent books for Roaring Brook Press (Froodle, Wait, and Best Frints in the Whole Universe) have received multiple starred reviews. Her newest book, “Now”, a celebration of mindfulness, came out this July.

She lives in Los Angeles. Find her at