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Creating Graphic Novels for 15 - 17 Year Olds (Summer School)

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illustrating by Carol Adlam

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00, one week

Indicative maximum class size: 16

On this course you'll be inspired to consider the building blocks of a graphic novel and, with guidance, you'll create your own short graphic novel in dummy book form.

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Course Dates

31st July 2017 – 4th August 2017

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Course Description

The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in developing artwork for comic books and graphic novels.

During this course you will:

  • focus on the key aspects of developing a graphic novel
  • learn about the differences between graphic novels and comic books
  • explore sequential art, thumbnails and storyboarding
  • develop a character, structure a narrative and edit a text.

What will you gain?

You'll leave the course with an understanding of how to create and produce professional looking manuscripts and storyboards. This is a very practical course involving drawing, writing and design.

Tutor Profile: Carol Adlam is a full-time illustrator based in the East Midlands, specialising in narrative art, graphic novels, reportage and children's book illustration.

She's a graduate of the Cambridge School of Art and has been shortlisted in the the World Illustration Awards (New Talent 2015 and 2016). She's published several graphic novel projects including The New Wipers TimesSusanne's StoryMinistry of Women, and Amy in Love. Carol is currently artist-in-residence at Nottingham Lakeside Arts where she's completing a graphic novel for the museum called Thinking Room Only. She works with publishers, designers, museums and community groups, and delivers workshops at schools and universities. 

Further information available at www.caroladlam.co.uk

Not from Nottingham? Find out more about accommodation on our campus for 16 and 17 year olds.

Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award? Accommodation (which includes evening activities) can be booked so the course can count as your DofE gold award residential.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813