Illustration for beginners

Course Dates: 30/09/21 - 04/11/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn to communicate ideas through image making. Create a portfolio of illustration work using a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital.
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Course Code: VK427

Started Thu, day, 30 Sep - 04 Nov '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course is about learning the processes and techniques to communicate ideas through image-making. You will be guided through the process of answering to a brief. You will learn ways to research a subject, and how to begin generating and communicating ideas visually. You will be introduced to a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut-outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital, and will be encouraged to evaluate the context in order to select the most appropriate. You will explore the relationship between text and image. You will be introduced to different approaches in visual story-telling. You will start to create a portfolio of work using a range of media and will learn about the priorities of setting up your own illustration practice.

What previous students liked most about their course:
“The teacher was very encouraging and there was a good, friendly and supportive atmosphere in class.”
“The tutor was brilliant – she helped us explore our ideas and become more confident in our techniques.”
“Learning so many new things. The freedom to create in a supportive environment.”


What will we cover?

- Communicating an idea
- Material exploration
- Text and image
- Narratives
- Practicalities of the illustration practice.

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

- Research, generate and communicate ideas to answer a brief
- Explore working with a wide range of media, select medium appropriate to subject matter
- Explore the relationship between text and image, evaluate context
- Communicate a narrative through a single image and sequential narratives
- Develop a print/web portfolio.

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

This is a beginners course and is aimed at those who are new to the field of illustration. No particular skills are necessary.

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.

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

develop some of the work outside the class. Homework will include research, idea and image development. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Graphics & Illustration and Photography.

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

The course covers basic materials and equipment. It would be useful for you to have the following equipment at the first class, sketchbook of your choice, pens and pencils. Also worthwhile to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.)

You will be introduced to art materials, what you may find useful to have and where you could purchase those.


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

You can develop your skills further on VK554 Illustration: stage 2, or compliment your illustration skills with a range of courses in illustration, Graphics, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

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.