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.
Monday 23 – Saturday 28 July 2018.
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.
Funding/discounts/concessions not available for this course
£100 non-refundable for cancellations
Read this institution's report