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 caricatures

    Course Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  2. Graphic design: an A-Z of typography

    Course Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Creative illustration projects

    Course Date: Tue 31 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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

  7. 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

  8. Illustration for beginners

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    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: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  9. Children's book illustration for beginners

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to character design, layout and story development, giving you a solid understanding of the industry. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learn to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief. Basic materials provided.

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

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    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  10. Create a comic strip in a day

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to draw an effective and engaging comic strip in this fun practical course.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. How to draw caricatures

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A short introduction on how to draw engaging and witty caricatures of famous figures and your own friends and family.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Children's book illustration: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own style and characters while exploring a variety of media, techniques, design and layout possibilities. Learn how to research and develop ideas in response to a relevant brief. Basic materials included.

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

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    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  13. Children's book illustration taster

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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

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    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. Cartooning for all levels

    Course Date: Wed 3 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own cartooning style through a range of traditional drawing and digital techniques. Create a portfolio of work in preparation for professional commissions.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  15. Drawing for comic books: an introduction

    Course Date: Wed 3 Oct 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: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

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