Children's book illustration

Release the inner child in you, studying one of our short courses or workshops in children’s book illustration. Bring those creative and imaginative ideas to life and delve deep into the magical world of children’s books.

Our courses will support students in developing the drawing skills required for illustrating, learning the basis of character design, narrative illustration techniques and how to plan out a children’s picture book from start to finish. Move designs from sketches onto the computer using the latest Adobe software and even learn how to draw with a Wacom tablet.

Taught by professional children’s book writers and illustrators, students will be guided through a series of practical assignments with each session delivered in one of our contemporary art and design studios that offers student’s opportunities to collaborate, share ideas and build their children’s book projects with expert guidance.

Students studying children’s book illustration often progress onto our advanced courses developing their designs further, digitally animating characters and stories or learning how to take their children’s books into commercial commissions and move into the industry as a freelance children’s book illustrator.

Have more time to study and are interested in learning all of the essential skills and processes involved in children’s book illustrations? Then why not enrol onto our City Lit children’s book illustration course.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

  1. VK501B part 2

    City Lit children's book illustration: part 2

    Course Date: Fri 15 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the exciting world of children’s book illustration, developing characters, narratives and visual solutions in the second of this three stage course. The course, which offers the opportunity for artists and illustrators to explore children’s book illustration in depth, is delivered through demonstrations, discussions, lectures and practical creative projects. Students who complete all three stages of the City Lit children’s illustration course will have the opportunity to produce a substantial portfolio of work and present their final ideas and artwork in an exhibition.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £709.00
    Senior fee: £567.00
    Concession: £432.00

  2. Children's book illustration: developing stories and narratives

    Course Date: Mon 18 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £155.00

  3. Explore children's book illustration

    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This short practical course is an opportunity to try out illustration and find out which illustration courses would best suit your needs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. VK501C part 3

    City Lit children's book illustration: part 3

    Course Date: Fri 16 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the exciting world of children’s book illustration, developing characters, narratives and visual solutions in the third of this three-stage course. The course, which offers the opportunity for artists and illustrators to explore children’s book illustration in depth, is delivered through demonstrations, discussions, lectures and practical creative projects. Students who complete all three stages of the City Lit children’s illustration course will have the opportunity to produce a substantial portfolio of work and present their final ideas and artwork in an exhibition.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £709.00
    Senior fee: £567.00
    Concession: £432.00

  5. Image - Ruth Lawn

    City Lit children's book illustration: part 1

    Course Date: Fri 23 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the exciting world of children’s book illustration, developing characters, narratives and visual solutions in the first of this three stage course. The course, which offers the opportunity for artists and illustrators to explore children’s book illustration in depth, is delivered through demonstrations, discussions, lectures and practical creative projects. Students who complete all three stages of the City Lit children’s illustration course will have the opportunity to produce a substantial portfolio of work and present their final ideas and artwork in an exhibition. Image - Ruth Lawn.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £709.00
    Senior fee: £567.00
    Concession: £355.00

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