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Courses for Emerging & Aspiring Illustrators

Pathways Plus is a series of courses for aspiring illustrators looking to improve their practice and learn how to create successful children’s books.

The courses are all delivered by award-winning illustrators and highly-experienced publishers, and provide an amazing opportunity to learn from the best in the industry, giving participants a real insight into children’s publishing.

Pathways Plus courses can be taken as one-offs or in a package and have been developed by the same team who created Pathways Into Children’s Publishing, a unique, highly-acclaimed two-year professional training programme for emerging illustrators.

All participants must be 18+ to attend. 

All courses involve:

    • professional advice
    • shared insights and experiences
    • practical tasks
    • creative guidance
    • resource-sharing
    • interaction with tutors and participants
    • critical feedback

Masterclass: Bringing Characters to Life with Dapo Adeola & Chanté Timothy

Find out how to create engaging and appealing characters with Dapo Adeola (illustrator of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner Look Up!) and acclaimed illustrator Chanté Timothy.

Acclaim for the Masterclass: 

‘Dapo and Chanté made the effort to attend to everyone and answer our specific queries…They are incredibly friendly and great tutors’

‘I look forward to learning more from these guys another time! Please run these courses more regularly!’

‘A great experience’

Dapo Adeola & Chanté Timothy

Masterclass: Illustrating People with Sara Ogilvie & Jane Buckley

Learn how to create authentic and convincing characters from real life scenarios with well-known illustrator Sara Ogilvie (Dogs Don’t Do Ballet) and Simon & Schuster’s Art Director Jane Buckley (winner of 2021’s British Book Awards Designer of the Year).

Acclaim for the Masterclass: 

‘Jane Buckley and Sara Ogilvie were very, very generous with their time and professional knowledge. This was definitely the best, and most inspiring course that I have participated in over the years. To see Sara Ogilvie and her working process was incredible.’

Sara Ogilvie & Jane Buckley

Short Course: Creating Visual Sequences with Characters with Viviane Schwarz & Ben Norland

Award-winning artist Viviane Schwarz (There Are Cats in This Book) and Walker Books’ Art Director Ben Norland have collaborated together for nearly 20 years, producing many bestselling picture books.

Over two days they will share their unique insights and show you how to develop your characters into a picture book project

Acclaim for the Short Course: 

‘Absolutely BLOWN AWAY and BUZZING from the first day of this course with Viviane Schwarz and Ben Norland. An encouraging, creative and fun environment led to a surprise amount of work and ideas by me and other attendees’

Viviane Schwarz & Ben Norland

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