Children's Book Illustration (Saturdays) - Nottingham Trent University

Children's Book Illustration from tutor Carol Adlam


This course will introduce you to the world of illustrated children’s books, focusing on the picture book (for younger children).

This is a very practical course involving drawing, writing and design.

It's suitable for everyone from beginners to the more experienced who wish to build their portfolio, and writers who want to learn how to illustrate.

It's also ideal for anyone wanting to explore the writing and illustration process so that they can create unique work for family and friends.

On this course, you will:

- have a combination of group and one-to-one tutorials
- learn about character development, storyboarding, visual language, structure, sequence, pagination and page design
- learn how to create your own roughs and dummy books
- define your audience
- get advice on working as a professional illustrator.

What will you gain?

You'll leave the course with an understanding of how to create stories and illustrate children’s picture books.

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You'll find bright studios and workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and reference.

Here's what previous attendees have said:

'Really valuable, Que was helpful and provided us with lots of pointers, ideas and food for thought' Anonymous

'Being able to work with other people - it is really beneficial to be able to talk your ideas through with other people. Que was very helpful and had lots of knowledgeable ideas.' AH

‘I'd wanted to do the course as I had produced a book for my granddaughter and wanted it to look more professional. The course is a great forum to discuss ideas and move them forward. I've taken away lots from doing the course and most enjoyed using Photoshop' RF

'Very informative, I've learnt a lot. I enjoyed all of it.' NH

‘I have an interest in graphic novels and I wanted to do something creative, so this course sounded perfect for me. I have taken away a lot of confidence when it comes to creating a narrative and choosing images to tell the story. I have increased motivation and really enjoyed sharing my progress as well as hearing about my classmates' projects. We got lots of suggestions and input with examples of other people’s work, and with the small class size, it was possible to share ideas in detail and get personalised feedback. It's so sad the course has finished! It was very well designed and well-paced. Thank you for a very interesting course! Que is a great tutor, giving plenty of ideas and encouragement' GL

'The course has been full of valuable advice and has enabled me to make significant progress with my book' IW

‘Que was very friendly and helpful. The class atmosphere was relaxed and focused. I've really enjoyed this experience and will take away a lot from it. I want to publish children's books and now have a better understanding of the start-to-finish process of producing a book. I enjoyed the practical elements and the discussions, I could have done more of all of it!' AK

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No drawing or writing experience is required. An idea for a storybook is useful, but not essential.

Tutor Profile (summer school): Carol Adlam is a full-time illustrator based in the East Midlands, specialising in narrative art, graphic novels, reportage and children's book illustration.

She's a graduate of the Cambridge School of Art and has been shortlisted in the World Illustration Awards (New Talent 2015 and 2016).

She's published several graphic novel projects including The New Wipers Times, Susanne's Story, Ministry of Women, and Amy in Love.

Carol is currently an artist-in-residence at Nottingham Lakeside Arts where she's completing a graphic novel for the museum called Thinking Room Only.

She works with publishers, designers, museums and community groups, and delivers workshops at schools and universities.

Tutor profile (term time): Kwan Lei (Que) Chan is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer who also delivers illustration workshops.

In her spare time, she hosts Nottingham’s urban sketchers group.

Her professional projects span illustration, painting, printmaking, animation, branding and digital design for national and international clients.

If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 16


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University


50 Shakespeare Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


5 weeks (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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In-person course
AO (Spring 2015) - - #4975

Brilliant course. I enjoyed how thorough our tutor was in making sure we were happy. The schedule was well-defined, and I was able to get a large amount of work done that I am more than happy with. This has made me consider the MA Illustration course taught by the same tutor.

In-person course
FP (Spring 2015) - - #4974

I really enjoyed the structure of the course – it really focussed my ideas! And the tutor is very passionate about what she does.

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