Published: 31 July 2012 at 14:56
Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler is guest speaker on special Anglia Ruskin course
A Children’s Book Illustration summer school designed to show budding artists how to transfer their work from sketchbook to picturebook has proved a massive draw, with only a handful of places available.
The summer school, which is open to the public and takes place on Anglia Ruskin University’s East Road campus in Cambridge from 6-11 August, will feature lectures by leading international figures including Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo.
Studio sessions will be on a one-to-one basis and run by experienced tutors from Anglia Ruskin’s world-leading MA Children’s Book Illustration course. Teaching is supported by high-profile speakers such as Professor Martin Salisbury, Paula Metcalf and Alexis Deacon, winner of the New York Times Book Review’s Best Illustrated Book of the Year award.
MA Children’s Book Illustration students have taken first prize in the prestigious Macmillan Prize for Children’s Picture Book Illustration for the past three years. Many others have gained national and international recognition, with over 50 graduates having gone on to sign major publishing deals.
Pam Smy, Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin and herself a published illustrator, said:
The price of the summer school includes attendance at a one-day conference ‘Out There: How to Get Your Children’s Book Illustration Published’ on Saturday, 11 August. Tickets for the conference – which features tips and insights from key people working within the industry such as David Fickling, the publisher responsible for the Horrible Histories series and publishing novels such as Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Helen Mackenzie Smith, Publishing Director at Harper Collins Children’s Books, and leading literary agent Elizabeth Roy – are also available to book separately.The five-day Children’s Book Illustration summer school costs £490 and places at the Out There conference cost £80. To reserve places, visit www.anglia.ac.uk/csasummerschool and www.anglia.ac.uk/outthere