Illustration for beginners


Wednesday 10 August

5:30 – 7:30pm (BST)

Online – Zoom    

11 spaces available

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This class is supported with products from our sister brand Winsor & Newton.

What you will get from taking this online workshop: 

  • The ability to identify the key themes used within illustration and apply them to a final piece 
  • The knowledge of how to utilise a range of materials to create a mixed-media outcome 
  • The basics of how to start out as an illustrator 

This workshop is a stand-alone beginner level look at illustration, but can also feed into the 6-week illustration course if you’re looking for a head start and want to develop your work more over a longer period of time! 

Maisy Summer and Sarah Wilson will introduce the session with examples of their work as practising illustrators, and will discuss the different types of themes that can be found within illustration. They will explore illustration using a combination of materials, and discussing how to create individual assets which will make up one final piece. This course is suitable for a range of abilities, and is ideal for beginners who are interested in illustration and developing a visual language. They will be identifying the most popular themes within illustration and building assets around these themes, which will then make up the outcome in the final half of the session. 

Additional materials you will need: 

  • Oil pastels


Do I need to have any experience to take part in an Elephant Academy class? Absolutely not! We warmly welcome everyone and have classes and activities for all levels, including those who have never picked up a paintbrush or pencil before. All classes are friendly, supportive and fun!

How do I join the online class once I have purchased? You will be sent a Zoom link via email the week before your class. The email will have full instructions on how to join and tips on how to set up your workspace.

I don’t live in the UK – can I still join one of the classes? Absolutely! We welcome students from all over the world and many of our classes are held at times to suit students in Europe and North America.

Is there a recording I can watch after the class? Yes, we can supply recordings to allow you to develop your skills and revisit the classes.