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

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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:

‘I had an idea for a children's book, but needed dedicated time to work on it, and practical advice on how to shape my idea into a suitable structure. I feel confident in what steps I have to take to finish my project, and I am inspired, with new ideas for future projects having completed the course. I enjoyed Que's presentations which exposed me to new artists and ideas, and the session on materials and drawing exercises. The balance of different activities felt good. Que is a fantastic teacher. She really encouraged us to be playful in the class, and in our approach to our work which created an atmosphere where I felt comfortable, confident and happy to share my work with the group.' CF

‘I wanted to give myself a nudge to start a creative practice and had an idea I wanted to explore on the course. I got so many ideas, techniques and encouragement during the course and the confidence to try something new. I enjoyed experimenting, building up step-by-step with guidance and support from the tutor and the class. I could have done more of all of it! Really enjoyed it. Que is superb! Really lovely style and so encouraging - I've really enjoyed and benefitted from doing this course.' GG

‘Que was a great tutor and I would have loved the course to have been longer! I wanted to do the course to get back into doing some art and learn new skills. I've gained confidence in illustration and photoshop too. Que was so passionate and it was great to share and develop ideas with others.'
‘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 a 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

‘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 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: 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.

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


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  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


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

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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.

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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