Children's book illustration - Keeley Street

Children's Book Illustration Courses in London

Release the inner child in yourself and bring those creative and imaginative ideas to life as you delve into the magical world of children’s book illustration. Work with professional writers and illustrators in the creative field to support drawing skills, character design and how to develop a visual narrative, working towards your very own children’s picture book.

Move designs from thumbnail sketches onto the computer using the latest Adobe CC software and even learn how to draw with a Wacom tablet. Work on creative briefs, sharing ideas and collaborating with other students. Gain confidence in how to pitch ideas, what’s needed for commercial commissions and how to successfully move into the industry as a freelance children’s book illustrator.

For more information about courses available, please contact our Visual Arts team at visualarts@citylit.ac.uk 

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. City Lit Children's book illustration course
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis, Ciara Flood, Dee Shulman, Robyn Wilson-Owen
    This 20-week course will take you on a journey from beginner to intermediate, direct.







    The Children’s Book industry is thriving, largely due to globally rising literacy levels, and a growing awareness of the importance of early childhood education. As a result, Children’s Book creators are in demand.







    Our tutors will teach you the many and various skills you’ll need to illustrate books for children - from drawing and painting (analogue and digital), sequencing and pacing the narrative, to editing the images digitally and overlaying text.







    You'll learn about the children’s publishing sector; gaining a sense of the different genres and markets for children's books, and where your illustration style might fit.
    Full fee £1,599.00 Senior fee £1,279.00 Concession £1,039.00
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