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Children's Book Illustration (one week) - Nottingham Trent University



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 referencing. Tutor Profile: Hannah Sawtell has worked freelance as an illustrator and museum educator for the past ten years. Commercial commissions have included illustrations for The National Trust, Nottingham Castle Trust and more recently for a local dialect project with Natalie Braber, Professor of Linguistics at Nottingham Trent University, supported by funding from The Arts Council. Hannah is finishing the final stages of a Masters Project for the MA in ‘Children’s Book Illustration’ at Cambridge School of Art. Her recent project ‘Life on Mars’ has been shortlisted for the Batsford Prize 2022. Here's what previous attendees have said: "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 Level: Beginner Entry requirement: No drawing or writing experience is required. An idea for a storybook is useful, but not essential. Need accommodation for the summer? You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Information on booking accommodation can be provided once your place on the course is confirmed.

What's included in the price?

25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Indicative class size: 16


1 week (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

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



50 Shakespeare Street, , Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Evenings
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Weekends
  • UK Holiday
  • Public transport
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Accommodation offered
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Intermediate level
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