Literary Creative Arts Program

Lucky Jefferson’s Creative Arts Program was created to foster real-world educational opportunities outside of the classroom and explore the intersection of art and literature.

Artwork by Joe Bortner, University of Vermont

What students learn:

• Rendering illustrations using diverse mediums (watercolor, animation, ink, etc.)
• Generating creative awareness about published works and Lucky Jefferson 
• Typography, pattern making, and different methods of illustrating literature
• Formulating creative concepts and direction for special publication projects 
• Digital collaboration with other artists and students

Alania Hinckson, Maryland Institute College of Art

"Working with Lucky Jefferson helped me improve my time management skills, connect with other artists, and create art that I'm proud of! I am so grateful to have had this experience and would encourage other aspiring illustrators to apply and join the team."

Let's talk about those perks

Students develop new skills and a deeper understanding of publishing, your own aesthetic or writing style, and concepts learned in the classroom through hands-on application and collaboration. Plus:


Earn College Credit

Completing an internship with Lucky Jefferson is an experience that can be applied to a capstone, externship, or service-learning.  


Diversified Portfolios

Illustrations and content are designed around a variety of subjects and themes.


Work on REAL Publications

Students work closely with us on print and digital collections.

Yuetong Tsen, California State University

"I learned so much during my internship with Lucky Jefferson and will definitely use my new skills in my education and future work."

Our first ever student-led zine


Did we mention that students work together to produce their very own zine!


Issue 1, Paradox is a dissection of everyday curiosities, absurdities, social issues, what-ifs, and this all-encompassing reality through art, by our Summer 2022 Literary Illustration Cohort.

Check it out here.

Let's admire art together

Learn more about our creative artists here.


View more work from our students on the gram


Read what the next generation of creatives are saying

What are you waiting for​

Visit our Opportunities page to apply.

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Complete this form to earn credit towards your program by volunteering.

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