Discover what makes an effective picture book for children and practice making your own, with our six-day summer school in Cambridge.
Whatever your level of drawing experience*, our Summer School will allow you to explore characterisation, pacing, pagination, the interplay of text and image, composition and design. You’ll produce your own dummy picture book under the guidance of our tutors in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment.
Our studio sessions are run on a one-to-one tutorial basis by experienced tutors from our MA Children's Book Illustration, so students from all backgrounds and experiences are welcome.
Alongside the practical, studio based work, you’ll attend a series of lectures by leading internationally published illustrators, which will run throughout the week.
*You’ll require some previous drawing experience.
If you're over 18 and interested in exploring the art of children's book illustration in more depth, and have some previous drawing experience, this course will be of interest to you.
Monday 25 July to Saturday 30 July 2016 (inclusive).
Classes from 10am-5pm.
Cambridge School of Art has been inspiring creativity since 1858 when it was opened by John Ruskin.
Engaging with current debates surrounding contemporary practice and with the state-of-the-art facilities, Cambridge School of Art houses light, bright studios, industry-standard film and photographic facilities, and 150-year-old printing presses alongside dedicated Apple Mac suites. Our digital art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery, exhibits both traditional shows and multimedia presentations, from national and international touring exhibitions and our own students.
We are the only university in Cambridge offering art and design courses at higher education level. A tight-knit community of artists, academics and over 900 students, we collaborate across our University, the creative industries, and other sectors. Cambridge is a centre for employment in the creative industries and there are rich opportunities for collaboration with the city’s entertainment, technological, scientific, arts and heritage industries.
Our graduates have a history of winning national and international awards and an excellent employment record. They include Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour, Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, and illustrator Ronald Searle, the creator of St Trinian's.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Additional study information
Pam Smy has been a Senior Lecturer on the MA Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art for the past five years and has illustrated children's books for a variety of UK publishers including Walker Books, Egmont, Frances Lincoln and David Fickling Books.
Marta Altes became an overnight success with her first picturebook No! (Child's Play International) which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Her subsequent book My Grandpa (Macmillan Children's Books) has won a 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor (USA), and all of her books have been translated into many languages. Experienced as a designer and illustrator in the UK and in Spain, Marta's illustration is used in editorial work, product design, chapterbooks and picturebooks. She also lectures part-time on the MA Children's Book Illustration course.
As a book designer, design historian, published author and lecturer, Ness Wood has also designed many award-winning books. Her wide-ranging accomplishments in both practical design and academia serve as a solid foundation for all her work. As a freelance designer and art director Ness has worked for major publishers including David Fickling Books and Penguin Random House. She is known for her encouraging, straight-forward and collaborative approach with illustrators and students.
Helen Stephens is the writer and illustrator of many books including How to Hide a Lion, Fleabag and Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger. She also illustrates for authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roger McGough. How to Hide a Lion was shortlisted for the Redhouse Book Awards and long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her next book is the third in the How to Hide a Lion series: How to Hide a Lion at School, and she is currently illustrating a book of fairy tales.
Birgitta Sif is an award winning children's book author and illustrator. She was born in Iceland, lived in and around Scandinavia and America while growing up, and worked as a graphic designer in New York before graduating from Cambridge School of Art's MA Children's Book Illustration course. She is the creator of the Kate Greenaway shortlisted picture book, Oliver and Frances Dean Who Loved To Dance and Dance, both of which were endorsed by Amnesty International. She is currently working on her next books.
David Barrow has been a shelf-stacker, a library assistant, a call-centre worker, a civil servant and a printer, so obviously it was only a matter of time before he tried his hand at writing and illustrating children’s books. He joined the world-renowned MA Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin. Whilst on the course, David won the Sebastian Walker award for new talent in children’s book illustration at the 2015 degree show. He also created his first picture book, Have You Seen Elephant?, published by Gecko Press in October 2015, which has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book prize 2016. David currently works with several UK publishers developing self penned-picture books and illustrating for other authors. He lives in Kettering with his toughest critics: partner Jo, son Teddy and cat Sofia.
Funding/discounts/concessions not available for this course
£100 non-refundable for cancellations
You must be over 18 (proof of ID will be requested).
No certificates or qualifications are needed.
You'll require some previous drawing experience and be able to communicate well in English.
Please note that this is a first-come first-served booking system only and once all the places are sold the online store will close. We don’t have a waiting list system.
The taught sessions start at 10am in the morning and finish at 5pm, but the studios are open from 8am and close at 9pm, so you can continue working after staff have left.
A schedule and list of materials will be provided near the start of the course. You'll find all these materials in nearby shops.
The accommodation allocated is usually located on Campus (single accommodation only) most rooms are en suite. We offer shared self-catering facilities. Kitchen utensils and bed linen are provided at no extra cost.
Please note that there is no parking available on campus.
This course is not an accredited course, and no certificate or qualification will be issued on its completion.
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