Children's book illustration projects 1

Course Dates: 05/11/21 - 10/12/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: 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.
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Full fee £459.00 Senior fee £367.00 Concession £280.00

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Course Code: VK501A

Started Fri, day, 05 Nov - 10 Dec '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This is the first of a three stage year long course. During Stage 1 you will start to develop your own style while familiarising yourself with a variety of colour and black and white techniques in a variety of media. Character development is the central theme of Stage 1: exploring proportion, mood, movement and visual relationships.

You will start to learn how to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief and discover the importance of page layout and composition in telling the visual story.
This course will be delivered onsite in a specialist studio and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Please note that you will be encouraged to carry out research and generate work independently outside of the studio session.

What will we cover?

- Experiment with character design, development and layout
- Explore a variety of traditional media, including; pen and ink, watercolour, crayon, pencil, charcoal and pastel
- The basics of the relationship between illustration and text
- Looking at developing a personal visual language
- The Children’s Book Market: target age ranges, and audiences.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Create and develop characters for children’s books
- Use a variety of traditional media
- Recognise the relationship between illustration and text
- Research and develop ideas in response to a given brief
- Understand target age ranges and audiences.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is for all levels, whether you’re a beginner, have some art and design background or you’re a practicing illustrator. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be taught through a series of tutor demonstrations, creative briefs, practical workshops, short lectures and tutorials. Students are encouraged to also work outside of class times on further reading, research and completion of homework.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The course fee covers basic materials and equipment. It would be very useful for you to bring the following: an A4 or A3 sketchbook, a notebook, HB, B and 2B pencils, an eraser and a sharpener. A USB memory stick and digital camera would be useful to record your work, though this is not essential. You will be using some computer software during the year. We also have Adobe Creative on some machines in the Student Centre at City Lit. If you wish to buy your own copy to work at home, you might be eligible for a discount from Adobe:

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation.

The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Students naturally progress onto stages 2 and 3 of the children’s book illustration course. We also offer an advanced practice course in children’s book illustration. You can find the course outlines and available dates on the City Lit website at

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Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.