Continuing Professional Development (short course)
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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.
Marta Altés is the creator of No!, My Grandpa, I am an Artist!, My New Home and The King Cat. She loves to tell stories and her love of illustration saw her study for a degree in Graphic Design in Barcelona. Marta moved to the UK to study for an MA Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art and graduated in 2011. Since then she has seen her books translated into more than 16 different languages. My Grandpa won the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honour in the US and I am an Artist was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She's also won the Read It Again! Award and the Nottingham Children's Book Award and her first book NO! (Child's Play) was shortlisted for the Peoples Book Prize and the Waterstones Picture Book Prize.
David Barrow is a children's book author and illustrator and a graduate of the MA Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge School of Art. Whilst on the course, David created his first picture book, Have You Seen Elephant? He won the Sebastian Walker Award for New Talent in Children’s Book illustration at his degree show and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Since then he has produced several Picture Books for numerous publishers, including the Kate Greenaway nominated Troll Stroll and Fergus Barnaby Goes On Holiday. He is currently in the process of working on his next books.
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 with a Masters in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. 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. Birgitta has written and illustrated numerous picturebooks that have sold all over the world. She is currently working on 2 new picturebooks that will be published next year.
Pam Smy has illustrated folktales, chapter books, nursery rhyme collections, picture books and novels. Her work has been published by many leading UK publishers, including David Fickling Books, Walker Books, The Folio Society, Penguin Random House and Egmont. She has had 18 years of art school teaching and lecturing experience and, over this time, has developed an understanding of how to nurture creative process and work through ideas with illustrators; recently she set up Orange Beak Studio with fellow book-creators, Maisie Paradise and Ness Wood. She has a passion for observational drawing and sketchbooks. You can follow Pam on Instagram or Twitter.
Ness Wood is a book designer, art director, lecturer, and graduate of the University of Brighton with an MA in Design History and Material Culture. She is the designer of many award-winning books and as a freelance designer Ness has worked for major publishers including David Fickling Books, Faber & Faber and Penguin Random House. She is known for her encouraging and collaborative approach with illustrators and students. Ness is also a co-founder of Orange Beak Studio who offer tutorials, mentoring and portfolio surgeries to people interested in children’s book making.
If you're 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.
23-28 July 2018.
At Cambridge School of Art, we combine the traditions of our past with the possibilities afforded by the latest technologies.
Using our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond, we nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking to empower the makers and creators of the future.
Our academics excel at both practice and theory, making a real impact in their chosen fields, whether they are curating exhibitions, designing book covers or photographing communities in Africa. They are also regularly published in catalogues, books, journals and conference papers, their research classed as being of ‘international standing’, with some elements ‘world-leading’, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
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£100 non-refundable for cancellations
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