Picture book illustration course

From £135

Tuesday 18, 25 October and 1, 8, 15, 22 Novemer

 6:30 – 8:30 PM (BST)

  Online – Zoom   

  • Category: Course
  • Experience level: All skill levels
  • Tutor: Ian Morris

18 spaces available

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What will you get from taking this course: 

  • A personal insight into the making of picture books. From idea to conception 
  • An understanding of how different materials can be used together to create finished artworks 
  • Producing dynamic compositions for illustrative narratives 
  • Elephant Academy takeaway technique: Confidence in creating strong character designs 

 Ian Morris will introduce you to the rewarding process of creating picture books. Over the course of six weeks, Ian will present insightful sketchbook and rough draft work through to final illustrative pieces, guide you in an exploration of techniques using the variety of materials provided and help develop your illustrative voice. This course is suitable for students of all abilities and highly recommended if you have a passion for picture books. 

Each session will have a different focus on picture books and will discuss appropriate examples of illustrators he admires suited to that theme before moving on to a range of tasks. By the 5th week using the knowledge you have acquired, you will create our own characters and develop a short illustrative sequence. 

Ian is a children's book illustrator with Every Word Tells A Story (Quarto), The Library Book (Thames & Hudson), and Alfie's First Fight (Stories of Care) to his name. Ian has been longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2022, a prestigious award to celebrate new illustration talent to picture books. He was also acknowledged for his illustrative abilities upon graduating from University in 2017 by the Association of Illustrators for Varoom's Top Ten Upcoming Image Makers. 


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.