Children's Book Illustration And Illustration Skills

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 189 Conc £76 Full £369 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 18:30 - 21:00 11 MAC 16/09/2019 02/12/2019 AB1240
Wednesday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 18/09/2019 04/12/2019 AB1241
Monday 18:30 - 21:00 11 MAC 06/01/2020 23/03/2020 AB2240
Monday 18:30 - 21:00 11 MAC 20/04/2020 06/07/2020 AB3240
Wednesday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 22/04/2020 08/07/2020 AB3241

What will the course cover?

If you are interested in learning how to illustrate children’s books, this course will teach you everything from creating picture book characters to putting together samples suitable for presentation. You will be inspired by examples of Illustrators work from the past and present and encouraged to develop your abilities by learning new artistic techniques. This course is taught by Trisha Krauss who is a freelance illustrator from New York. Since being in London she has specialised in picture books. Her first book, Maude, The Not So Noticeable Shrimpton, was written by Lauren Child and published by Puffin Books. Charlotte’s Very Own Dress was written and illustrated by Trisha and will be published by Random House US in 2016.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for adults who would like to learn about illustrating children’s books, or just improve their illustration skills. Beginners to advanced students are all welcome.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Some experience of drawing and illustration is an advantage, but beginners are very welcome.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

• Invent and draw characters, backgrounds, settings and atmosphere. • Create a sketch book that contains sketches, reference and inspiration • Learn how to story board your ideas. • Discover and develop your own style • Learn various artistic techniques • Learn about other illustrators from the past and present. • Learn how to create samples, a storyboard and a dummy for presentation. • Develop illustrations for your own book ideas if you have a story.

How is the course organised?

Each class you will learn about an aspect of children’s book illustration. During the term you will develop a character or characters that you will use for assignments that will correspond to the lesson you have learned in class. We will work on these assigments in class using different artist techniques. You will also be given work to do at home if you are able.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Continued practise in illustration and drawing in your sketchbooks. Reading and research of children’s books.

How will my progress be assessed?

One to one verbal feedback, group discussion and evaluation, progress reported on ILP. Your sketch books and working story boards are very good samples of your progress.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

• Further study at more advanced level in this subject to develop technique. • Portfolio Preparation courses, Foundation courses in FE/HE. • Possibly publish own children’s books!

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Bring pencils to the first session. You will need to bring a sketchbook (size to be advised by the tutor). Paper is provided at nominal cost. Some art media are available but be advised by the tutor for best sources to purchase any other materials.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.