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About the Course
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.
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
"The course has been full of valuable advice and has enabled me to make significant progress with my book" IW
"Very informative, I've learnt a lot. I enjoyed all of it." NH
"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
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 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.
Click through above to book your place online.
Modern accommodation is available a short walk from our studios and is available to those booked on to a summer school course for an additional fee.
Accommodation can be booked online via the link above.
If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Indicative class size: 16
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.
AO (Spring 2015) - - #4975
I really enjoyed the structure of the course – it really focussed my ideas! And the tutor is very passionate about what she does.
FP (Spring 2015) - - #4974
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