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Children’s Book Illustration Workshops

1, 8, 15 April
Tickets: £50 for all three sessions

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Join award-winning illustrator Nick Ellwood as he takes you through drawing tips, practical activities, and feedback to develop your drawing abilities over a series of three masterclasses. Take part from the comfort of your own home and learn new skills or develop existing ones with an experienced teacher and professional.

These workshops are running alongside our exhibition Mischief and Misadventure, featuring artworks and illustrations by Nick, inspired by the Painted Hall. Take the class, and then come and see it for yourself.

Release the inner child in you, studying our short course in children’s book illustration. Bring those creative and imaginative ideas to life and delve deep into the magical world of children’s books.

Our short courses will support budding illustrators in developing the drawing skills required for illustrating, learning the basis of character design, narrative illustration techniques and how to plan out a children’s picture book from start to finish.

Taught by professional children’s illustrator Nick Ellwood, you will be guided through a series of practical assignments with each session delivered online and or in our studio that offers opportunities to collaborate, share ideas and build your children’s book projects with expert guidance.

In our series of workshops, we will also offer tips and guidance about how to publish your ideas and/or present your work to illustration agents and book publishers.

Workshops will take place online at 6pm on 1, 8, and 15 April.

Tickets are £50 for all three sessions, maximum 12 people per session, each session will be 2 hours long.

Funded by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.