Explore children's book illustration
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
See what you could create –
view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses
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What is the course about?
A guided introduction into the world of children’s book illustration, and an opportunity to discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry.
What will we cover?
- Learn something of the world of Children’s book publishing and the role of the illustrator within it
- Explore developing a character in response to a brief
- Experiment with different media
- Find out everything you want to know about the 30 week Children’s Book Illustration course.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Be aware of some of the parameters and scope of the industry
- Understand something of the structure and teaching methods on the 30 week Children’s Book Illustration course.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for all levels.
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 Math’s 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 some individual exploration. You will be encouraged to contribute thoughts.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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- https://www.londongraphics.co.uk/student-discounts/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop your skills further on VK501A Children’ Book Illustration Stage 1, VK547 Children's book writing and illustration workshop or compliment your illustration skills with a range of courses in Illustration, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.
Dee studied English at York University, and Illustration at Harrow School of Art, and has worked as a writer and illustrator ever since – from book-jackets, theatre posters, magazine illustration, graphic novels, to Young Adult and children’s books. She has written and/or illustrated over 50 books ranging from board books to Young Adult. She is published in the UK by Penguin, Random House, Harper Collins, OUP, Barrington Stoke, Heinemann & A & C Black, with co-editions in Germany, Russia, China, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Serbia, Poland, France, Finland, Italy, Holland, Korea, USA, and Japan. Dee has exhibited at the Illustration Cupboard London; Royal National Theatre; Barbican Centre; AOI Gallery; Lyric Theatre Hammersmith; Arnolfini; Ulster Museum; Nottingham Museum; Stirling Gallery; Rochdale Gallery; McRoberts Gallery; and Citylit Gallery. Dee loves tutoring at Citylit, and runs courses on Children’s Book Illustration, Drawing for Graphic Novel and Illustration. It is her mission to create a warm, supportive and creative workplace to help students explore and develop their skills, imagination and potential.
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.