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Illustration (Online Short Course)

Illustration (Online Short Course)

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Alessandra Genualdo


Join this Illustration course and be introduced to the wide-ranging discipline of Illustration and gain an improved understanding of the possibilities of image-making. From book illustration and publishing to animation and motion graphics.

Through a series of projects, lectures and discussions, you will be asked to respond to a range of tasks that introduce the key skills necessary to set out in the pursuit to becoming an illustrator.

You will learn how to respond creatively to a brief and generate imaginative ideas through the process of visual problem solving. The relationship between image and text will be explored and you will begin to identify the key visual characteristics relative to your particular interests in the context of a personal style and language.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Topics covered
  • Visual Problem Solving as Process
  • Interpreting a brief
  • Producing a selection of ideas and solutions 
  • Visual Communication
  • Visual components to engage dialogue 
  • Storytelling and Sequence
  • Constructing a story and visual sequence
  • Animation
  • Storyboarding
  • Finding your voice
Course Outcomes
You will have gained a greater awareness of the role illustration plays in our daily lives. You will be able to problem solve and generate ideas imaginatively. You will have begun to develop a personal visual language and identify future directions for your illustration practice.

Who should attend
Those looking to develop their graphic image making skills and explore the various range of illustration pathways. Suitable for both students and working professionals interested in pursuing an illustration career.



Courses are typically taught by one or more of the tutors listed below.

Tutor Description

Alessandra Genualdo is an Italian born, London based illustrator.

She graduated from the MA Illustration course at Camberwell College of Arts, and has been freelancing ever since, addressing her work particularly to the editorial and the publishing industry.

She has been leading art and illustration workshops alongside her practice, working for clients such as the V&A and the Museum of London.

Her work combines gouache, hand painted patterns, textures and solid blocks of colour, capturing the sense of awkwardness and individuality in everyday life.

View Alessandra's website


Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Onsite and offsite course specific materials

Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • A4 sketchbook
  • A selection of graphite and coloured pencils
  • Gouache paint primary colour set
  • Black India ink
  • A set of soft brushes
  • A pencil sharpener
  • A ruler (minimum 30cms)
  • One black fineliner and marker Pen
  • A selection of pens/ mark making materials (reflective of your preferred working methods)
  • Scissors / craft knife
  • Glue stick
  • A USB memory stick
  • Magazines of choice; for collage work
  • Examples of your previous work (optional)
  • Something to store your work in e.g. A3 plastic portfolio.

Available dates