Mary Jane Begin

Mary Jane Begin

Mary Jane Begin is a senior critic in the Illustration Department at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she has taught for 24 years and serves as the Internship and Professional Development Advisor. Her latest teaching venture includes online video courses with Lynda.com:  Foundations of Color, Elements of Composition for Illustrators, Artist at Work series and Character Development and Design. She is an award-winning illustrator and author of picture books including Little Mouse’s Painting, A Mouse Told His Mother, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Willow Buds, tales inspired by The Wind in the Willows, a classic tale that she also illustrated. Her latest picture books are My Little Pony: Under the Sparking Sea and The Dragons on Dazzle Island published by Little Brown in collaboration with Hasbro.

Education

  • B.F.A. in Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design