Illustration

From comic books to storyboards, our courses not only cover a wide range of subjects relating to illustration, but also cater to a range of levels. Our illustration courses are taught by passionate and expert teachers.

Download information on course levels and progression courses for illustration in 2018.

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Whether you’re free evenings, daytimes or weekends, we have a variety of dates and times for you to choose from. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Drawing for graphic novels

    Course Date: Fri 1 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative potential of the graphic novel. Learn how to script and storyboard innovative narratives and create exciting characters and compositions.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  2. Natural history illustration

    Course Date: Fri 1 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to capture wildlife on paper, from fossils to fleeting birds and butterflies. Gain skills using a variety of different media including digital. Includes trips to the Natural History Museum.

    See what you could create – view a small selection of work made on this course

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    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  3. Develop a children's picture book

    Course Date: Mon 4 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Need some help developing your children’s picture book? An opportunity to develop your ideas towards a format for presenting to publishers. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £179.00

  4. Drawing caricatures

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Being able to draw both realistic and exaggerated cartoon portraits is an invaluable cartooning skill. Have fun learning how to draw engaging and witty caricatures of famous figures and your own friends and family.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Graphic design: an A-Z of typography

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Typography is the keystone of good graphic design. On this practical course you will develop an appreciation of typography and learn how to use the professional software Adobe Indesign and Adobe Illustrator to effectively create and manipulate type.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Illustration summer school

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to communicate ideas through image making. Create a portfolio of work using a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Botanical illustration summer school

    Course Date: Thu 26 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botanical illustration is popular with artists, botanists and publishers as both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision, detail and creativity on this studio- and location-based course.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Children's book illustration summer school

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A course for artists and illustrators keen to explore the world of children's book illustration. Enjoy an intensive five days collecting reference material, developing ideas and image-making in the context of the current children's book market. Suitable for all levels. Please note, there will be some off-site drawing which will involve walking, standing and/or sitting for long periods. Please bring footwear for comfortable walking and you may wish to bring a portable sketchbook stool.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  9. Creative illustration projects

    Course Date: Tue 31 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore, experiment, collect reference material, make sketches and develop illustrations for a personal illustration project. Ideal for beginners and those looking to further develop their style, or to explore a new style.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Drawing for comic books summer school

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the process of writing and drawing comic books and develop skills in planning, creating and drawing effective comic book pages. On this practical course you'll plan a graphic story and execute one finished page.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  11. Illustration for editorial, design and advertising

    Course Date: Sun 13 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the world of illustration and its different areas. Experiment and develop your work through a series of projects. This course also covers an introduction to scanning and digital imaging with Photoshop.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

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