Explore children's book illustration

Course Dates: 19/04/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
EXPLORE how we learn at City Lit!

These sessions will introduce you not only to a subject, but also to how we teach it; the tutors and their teaching methodologies, our facilities at City Lit, and possible progression routes through subject-areas.

At the end of the session, you should have a good idea of the subject, the tutors, life at City Lit, and crucially, how our courses can take you to where you want to go.
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Explore children's book illustration
  • Course Code: VZ343
  • Dates: 19/04/24 - 19/04/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Fri, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Tim Ellis

Course Code: VZ343

Fri, day, 19 Apr - 19 Apr '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This Explore session introduces you to how we teach Children’s Book Illustration at City Lit.

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.
This Explore session introduces you to how we teach Children’s Book Illustration at City Lit.

On our suite of Children's Book Illustration courses, 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 visual narratives, 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.

What will we cover?

This session provides:
• An overview of the basic principles of the subject area
• An overview of the contemporary/historical context
• An introduction to how, and by whom, the subject is taught at City Lit
• Introduction to the facilities available here
• A short hands-on exercise, modelling typical teaching of the subject
• Information about the subject-area courses available
• Information about progression routes through course levels.

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

• Understand the main principles and parameters of the subject
• Understand how, and by whom, the subject is taught at City Lit
• Know about the facilities available here
• Know which courses are available, and how to progress through them.

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

This course is suitable for beginners and anyone interested in learning Visual Communication at City lit.

English-language competency is required: you should be able to follow verbal and written instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You may need to take short written notes for your own use and take part in group discussions.

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

- Presentations
- Demonstrations
- Practical work
- Individual and group tutoring
- Group discussion.

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

At City Lit, access to basic materials and resources are available as part of this course. We advise you to bring a A5/A4 sketchbook for the recording of ideas and an A3 folder and/or a USB drive, to transport work to and from City Lit.

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

We recommend looking at our Introduction to Children’s Book Illustration course as a next step in your progression. In addition, we offer a range of courses and specialist workshops within graphic design, illustration, children’s book illustration and graphic novels.

For more information about any of the courses on offer, please visit our website.

Tim Ellis

Tim is passionate about illustration, books and storytelling and loves teaching at City Lit. He runs a number of courses in children’s book illustration and illustration. He’s thrilled that a some of his past students from his courses have gone on to gain recognition in the highly esteemed Macmillan Prize competition, including a second place win for Harriet Lynas in 2016. Tim’s past students have also gone on to get artists agents (United Agents, Bright Agency, Plum Pudding, Advocate) and have had picture books, early readers and non-fiction books published (Nosy Crow, Andersen Press, Oxford University Press, Hodder Children's Books, John Lewis, Caterpillar Books, Child’s Play Library, Orangutang Books, Sky Pony Press, New Frontier Publishing and Little Simon). Tim studied illustration at Anglia Ruskin University and Central Saint Martins. Since graduating, Tim been working as an illustrator and teaching, with commissions across editorial, design and advertising. Select clients include The Guardian, The Financial Times, Penguin Books, Make a Wish Foundation, BBC, BT, Orange Mobile, and Honda. Tim’s illustrated debut novel Harklights will be published by Usborne Books this autumn.

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.