Illustration Courses in London

From comic books to storyboards, our extensive range of multi-levelled courses cover a wide range of subjects relating to illustration. Our courses are taught by passionate and experienced industry experts in an inspirational learning environment. You will learn the skills and techniques necessary for contemporary design practice with individual professional guidance. Our students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab.

Whether you’re free evenings, daytimes or weekends, we have a variety of dates and times for you to choose from. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

Check out our tutor Dee Shulman's top tips for writing and illustrating for children.

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  1. Children's picture book course: stage 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever thought about writing and/or illustrating your own children’s picture book? Not sure where to start? Here’s the opportunity to get hands-on professional input, whilst exploring your ideas. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  2. Children's book illustration: stage 2

    Course Date: Mon 11 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of the children's book illustration industry and your professional children's book illustration practice. Get creative and innovative in your character design, storyboarding and layout skills, develop your professional portfolio and get critical feedback in a supportive environment.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £271.00
    Concession: £207.00

  3. Children’s book animated illustration: all levels

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to give life to your children’s book character and introduce it into an animated scene. Invaluable for book trailers and online publicity.
    Full fee: £599.00
    Senior fee: £599.00
    Concession: £365.00

  4. Illustration workshop: natural history

    Course Date: Wed 20 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to capture wildlife on paper, from fossils to fleeting birds and butterflies. Gain skills using a variety of different media including digital. Includes trips to the Natural History Museum.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. Drawing for graphic novels

    Course Date: Fri 19 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative potential of the graphic novel. Learn how to script and storyboard innovative narratives and create exciting characters and compositions.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  6. Children's picture book course: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 26 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Need some help developing your children’s picture book? An opportunity to develop your ideas towards a format for presenting to publishers. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Illustration workshop: visual storytelling

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to communicate ideas through image making. Create a portfolio of work using a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  8. Adobe Photoshop for illustration

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use Photoshop to create and enhance effective multi-layered illustrations. Gain an overview of the functions of Photoshop and create illustrations using scanned artwork and photographs.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  9. Children's book illustration: summer workshop

    Course Date: Mon 3 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy exploring the world of children's book illustration on this intensive practical four day course. Learn techniques in developing ideas and creating exciting images in the context of the current children's book market. Please note, there will be some offsite drawing which will involve walking, standing and/or sitting for long periods. Please bring footwear for comfortable walking and you may wish to bring a portable sketchbook stool.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  10. Start drawing comic books

    Course Date: Mon 10 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the process of writing and drawing comic books and develop skills in planning, creating and drawing effective comic book pages. On this practical course you'll plan a graphic story and execute one finished page.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Start Botanical illustration

    Course Date: Wed 12 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision and detail on this studio and location-based course.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Children's book illustration: stage 1

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to character design, layout and story development, giving you a solid understanding of the industry. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learn to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief. Basic materials provided.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

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