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Children's Book Illustration

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Illustration by Carol Adlam

Thursdays 6 - 8:30 pm, ten weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 16

This course will introduce you to the world of illustrated children’s books, focusing on the picture book (for younger children).

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Course Dates

25th January 2018 – 29th March 2018

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Course Description

The course is suitable for everyone from beginners to the more experienced who wish to build their portfolio, and writers who want to learn how to illustrate.

It's also ideal for anyone wanting to explore the writing and illustration process so that they can create unique work for family and friends.

On this course you will:

  • have a combination of group and one-to-one tutorials
  • learn about character development, storyboarding, visual language, structure, sequence, pagination and page design
  • learn how to create your own roughs and dummy books
  • define your audience
  • get advice on working as a professional illustrator.

What will you gain?

You'll leave the course with an understanding of how to create stories and illustrate children’s picture books. This is a very practical course involving drawing, writing and design.

“Carol was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, very professional and she made the course a wonderful experience.” (AF, Autumn 2016)

“Excellent instruction and advice. Highly recommend it.” (AG, Autumn 2016)

“I enjoyed all of it. I learnt a lot and feel I have improved.” (JH, Autumn 2016)

“The tutor is very approachable and supportive at all stages throughout the course. It’s been a pleasure meeting her.” (MV, Autumn 2016)

“Brilliant – thank you!” (SB, Autumn 2016)

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 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

Any questions? Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813