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Masterclasses

Masterclasses are day-long sessions that give mentees the chance to learn about and develop skills in key elements of children’s illustration, and to explore new techniques and ways of working. Masterclasses are delivered by university tutors, children’s illustrators and publishing professionals, often working in pairs or trios to bring multiple perspectives to the subject. Many of the masterclasses involve illustrators and publishers who have worked together on books and will include a focus on those books, offering unique insights into the collaborative processes involved in publishing successful illustration.

Illustration (c) David Roberts
Illustration (c) David Roberts

Developing Writing & Working with Writers

Acquiring a good grasp of writing processes and knowing how to work effectively with children’s writers enhances an illustrator’s potential. Mentees will learn about levelling language, producing storylines and plotting narrative structures, and the skills and challenges involved in interpreting and complimenting a writer’s words through illustration.

Where
Oxford University Press

When
30.04.2020

With
Maxine Howells (Oxford University Press)

Technique: Gouache & Acrylic

Children’s illustrators work in a huge variety of media, often developing their own signature techniques and styles. Mentees will focus on the technique of gouache & acrylic and those children’s illustrators who use it well.

Where
University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury

When
01.07.2020

With
John Dargan (University for the Creative Arts)

Technique: Papercut & Collage

Children’s illustrators work in a huge variety of media, often developing their own signature techniques and styles. Mentees will focus on the technique of papercut & collage and those children’s illustrators who use it well.

Where
University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury

When
02.07.2020

With
John Dargan (University for the Creative Arts)

Technique: Watercolours

Children’s illustrators work in a huge variety of media, often developing their own signature techniques and styles. Mentees will focus on the technique of watercolours and those children’s illustrators who use it well.

Where
Birmingham City University

When
23.07.2020

With
Joel Mercer (Birmingham City University)

Technique Surgeries

A range of additional ‘surgeries’ will be offered in year two so that mentees can further hone their skills to enrich their practice as they work on their final literature brief. Surgeries will be available to choose from by autumn 2020.

Where
Various

When
Autumn 2020

With
Various

Illustration (c) Nadia Shireen
Illustration (c) Nadia Shireen

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