Children's Book Illustration Courses - Online & in London

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. Children's book illustration: completing a personal project

    Course Date: Thu 11 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    An opportunity to further develop your design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re preparing a portfolio for presentation to publishers, planning entry to a children’s book competition or wishing to continue developing your skills and imagination.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £160.00

  2. 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

  3. 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

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

    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your knowledge of the children's book 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 and get critical feedback in a supportive environment.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

  5. Children's book illustration: advanced practice

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An intensive highly focused follow up course to develop design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re planning to prepare a portfolio for presentation to publishers or wishing to further develop your skills and imagination.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    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: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  6. Children's book illustration: all level studio access

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This all level studio course in children's book illustration will support you in the development of your own style and characters while working with expert tutors and other students in exploring a variety of media and techniques. Learn design and layout possibilities and bring your characters to life on a page. This studio course will also support you in identyfing how to research and develop ideas in response to a relevant brief.

    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: £389.00
    Senior fee: £389.00
    Concession: £237.00

  7. Children's book illustration: image, text and writing workshop

    Course Date: Fri 25 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Bring your stories to life and bring text and image togther in this children's book workshop that will support you with the writing and illustration skills you need to produce a picture book. Learning how to develop story ideas, characters and text, with a specific focus on the relationship between illustration and text. Arrive with your characters and ideas in hand or learn how to develop character sketches and start the process of sample illustrations working towards a final story.

    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  8. Children's book illustration: Intensive

    Course Date: Mon 2 Aug 2021
    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.

    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: £389.00
    Senior fee: £311.00
    Concession: £237.00

  9. VK501B part 2

    City Lit children's book illustration: part 2

    Course Date: Fri 22 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £709.00
    Senior fee: £567.00
    Concession: £432.00

  10. Children's book illustration: introduction to ideas and characters

    Course Date: Mon 25 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

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