Children's book illustration

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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Children's book illustration projects 3
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis, Kate Rolfe, Dee Shulman
    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
  2. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis
    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 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 £309.00 Senior fee £309.00 Concession £188.00
  3. Children's book illustration for beginners: Intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis, Dee Shulman
    Enjoy exploring the world of children's book illustration on this intensive practical 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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00

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