Children's picture book course: stage 1

Course Dates: 02/05/20 - 09/05/20
Time: 10:30 - 15:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Alice Stevenson

Ever thought about writing and/or illustrating your own children’s picture book? Not sure where to start? Here’s the opportunity to get hands-on professional input, whilst exploring your ideas. All levels welcome.


What is the course about?

Learn about the world of children’s picture books. An opportunity to explore your ideas and characters as you work towards creating your own picture book dummy. Over the course you will be encouraged to examine the relationship between illustration and text, as well as being offered the opportunity to explore your own personal visual language. Discussions will consider the perspective of current publishing demands, target age ranges and global markets.

What will we cover?

- Explore a variety of media
- Discover useful publishing terminology
- Learn how to layout a picture book dummy
- Examine target age ranges, gender and culture specificity.

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

- Recognise the important relationship between illustration and text
- Be aware of the parameters and scope of the picture book
- Understand how to layout a picture book dummy
- Recognise the difference between a rough and a finished spread.
- Be aware of the varying demands of publishers in relation to age range, gender and markets.

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

The course is for all levels, though some experience of illustration would be an advantage.

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 combine demonstration, group discussion and critique, and individual tuition. You will be encouraged to contribute ideas and present your work. Homework will include research and image development.

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 A3 sketchbook, a notebook, B and 2B pencils, an eraser and a sharpener or scalpel.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

Develop your skills further with VK550 Children's book illustration: advanced practice or compliment your illustration skills with a range of courses in illustration, Graphics, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VK503

Sat, day, 02 May - 09 May '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £60.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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