Wherever your interest lies, this course will develop your drawing skills and give you the chance to work towards creating a portfolio to present to a publisher. We will set group and individual projects according to your needs. You'll also enjoy one-to-one tuition, including guidance on selected texts and writing for children...
Taught by: Carolyn Dinan, Isabel Greenberg.
Wherever your interest lies, this course will develop your drawing skills and give you the chance to work towards creating a portfolio to present to a publisher. We will set group and individual projects according to your needs. You'll also enjoy one-to-one tuition, including guidance on selected texts and writing for children. Please bring examples of your work, even if from another field, to class.
At the end of the course you will have an understanding how you could develop your abilities as an illustrator and what is required in order to show a portfolio to a publisher. You will aim to complete a series of illustrations or a 32 page dummy and some finished artwork for a picture book.
Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in illustrating books, book jackets or children's picture books, who wants to take a drawing based course. Or anyone who is considering taking an MA or BA course. Perhaps you have worked in related fields such as drawing, painting or design. Who knows? This course could inspire you to find new possibilities in your work and a new direction.
Courses are typically taught by one or more of the tutors listed below.
'Having done the course, I got a two-book publishing contract with Macmillan. I am working on ideas for a third one now, which I am juggling between my two small children. I would not have had that confidence and knowledge to start working as an author/illustrator without having done the course.' - Anon
'I had a great time developing my work, got a lot of feedback and suggestions. And it was fun to do as well. Had a great week.'
'Very good. I was impressed by the one to one working and enthusiasm of the tutors.'
'The teaching and course was fantastic.'
Carolyn has written and illustrated for publishers including Faber, Puffin, Collin and Viking and has over 200 books illustrated for numerous publishers. At present, she is working on limited edition books of Monoprints and on two picture books for Children. In 2010 Carolyn was awarded a prize by the V&A Museum for the most inspiring teacher out of 150 Further Art Education Courses, over the last 10 years.
Isabel Greenberg is a London based comic artist and illustrator, for both adults and children. She graduated in 2010 from The University Of Brighton and has since produced work for a variety of clients and publications including The Guardian, The National Trust, Nobrow Press, Wrap Magazine, Seven Stories Press, The New York Times and the V & A . In 2011 she won the Observer Jonathan Cape Comica Graphic Story Prize and shortly after began work on her first graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth. It came out in Autumn 2013, published by Jonathan Cape and was released in The US, Canada, Germany, France and Spain. She is now working on her second graphic novel as well as a series of historical children’s books for the publisher Wide Eyed Editions.
Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:
- A4 sketch book
- Drawing media that you are used to working with i.e pencils, charcoal and some form of colour - pencil crayons/inks/watercolours or gouache
- Fineliner pen
- Plastic ruler
- Small acrylic paint brushes if you are interested in working with paint.
- Examples of any recent work; drawings, sketchbooks - (it does not have to be illustration)
Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.