Children's book illustration taster

Course Dates: 14/01/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Dee Shulman

A guided introduction into the world of children’s book illustration, and an opportunity to discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry. This course is ideal if you are interested in our 30 week Build children’s illustration coursebut need further guidance before you begin.

See what you could create –
view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses



What is the course about?

A guided introduction into the world of children’s book illustration, and an opportunity to discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry.

What will we cover?

Over the day, you will have the opportunity to:
- Learn something of the world of Children’s book publishing and the role of the illustrator within it
- Explore developing a character in response to a brief
- Find out everything you want to know about the 30 week Children’s Book Illustration course.

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

- Be aware of some of the parameters and scope of the industry
- Understand something of the structure and teaching methods on the 30 week Children’s Book Illustration course.

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

The course is for all levels.

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.

Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Math’s skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

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

The course will combine demonstration, group discussion and some individual exploration. You will be encouraged to contribute thoughts.

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

The course fee covers basic materials and equipment. It would be very useful for you to bring the following: an A3 sketchbook, a notebook, B and 2B pencils, an eraser and a sharpener or scalpel.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

You can further develop your skills and interest in Illustration through a range of courses at the Build in Illustration, Animation, Cartooning and Web Design.
You can find the outlines of courses available by entering the subject you’re interested in in the search box of the Build website at

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

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This course is a great insight into the children's book illustration, or if you'd like to just try drawing for any other purposes.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/09/2018)
This is an excellent taster to tempt you to enroll on longer courses, which is was designed to do. The teaching was excellent and it was great to get insight from experienced illustrators in the field of children's book illustration. I can certainly recommend.
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Review by Helena / (Posted on 25/09/2018)

Book your place

Course Code: VK552

Please choose a course date 

Mon, day, 14 Jan - 14 Jan '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £36.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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or call 020 7492 2700/2703

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.