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Masterclass: An Introduction to Illustrating a Story – with Caroline Pedler

Course Details

Date

Wednesday – Thursday 16 – 17th – th October 2024

Time

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Course Description

Ever wanted to learn how to illustrate a story, be it your own or someone else’s?

Want to explore the world of picturebook illustration and learn how to create a visual narrative under the guidance of a pro? Then this is the masterclass for you!

 

Caroline has illustrated over 50 children’s picturebooks and has worked with a variety of international clients over the last 25 years. In this workshop, you will explore how to break a story into a beginning, middle and end, how to create an engaging central character, then select iconic moments within a narrative, and bring them to life on the page using the professional sketching process called thumbnailing.

 

We will discuss the different forms and genres of the picturebook as an art form and look at the importance of style, composition and structure. You will gain first-hand technical insights into the world of publishing whilst also learning a little about Caroline’s life as a professional illustrator. There will be a chance to look through her original, published picturebook artwork, including the process of ideas, sketches and also sketchbooks that Caroline uses for her personal work. Caroline will offer plenty of one-on-one support and advise throughout the two days.

 

Having combined Caroline’s expert tuition with your own ideas and capabilities, you will leave the two day workshop having made headway into creating your own illustrated story.

 

You are welcome to bring your own written story or poem to illustrate; alternatively a narrative will be provided for you to use. Initial thumbnailing will be sketched out on cartridge paper, and developed either with pencils, watercolours, or collage. A sketchbook will also be provided to develop these ideas in.

 

This is a course for beginners or those with some experience of illustration.

 

“Caroline Pedler is a wonderful tutor! She has given me the confidence to continue with my story. She explains all the techniques in a brilliant way, Caroline is very engaging and if she had another session I would definitely attend!!”

“It’s been amazing. Caroline has helped to no end with the illustrative issues I’ve been facing within my own practice. The information provided has been invaluable and her encouragement has truly boosted my confidence.”

Course Information

Ability level

All Levels Welcome

Medium

Pencil, Watercolour

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  • Coloured pencils
  • Crayons
  • Small paints (such as a watercolour set)
  • Graphite pencils
  • Eraser
  • Black pen for outlining (fineliner)
  • Cartridge paper for sketching
  • scissors
  • pritt stick type glue
  • a selection of papers for collage (maps / text / wrapping paper/ anything)

 

  • If you have a story, please bring it along with you either printed out or on a phone/ tablet.  Alternatively, we will supply some narrative. 

 

Caroline Pedler

Caroline is an Illustrator, artist and educator. She has exhibited and curated numerous shows around the UK and more recently been part of illustration exhibitions in Bologna, Italy, Shanghai, China and Sharjah, UE.

Find Out More

Our courses usually begin at 10am and end at 4:30pm, with a half an hour lunch break at around 1pm. There will also be brief morning and afternoon breaks, with free tea and coffee available in the kitchen area. At Lunch time you can make things nice and easy by pre-ordering a freshly prepared Coach House Lunch. Alternatively, you’re very welcome to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you like.

On sunny days students and tutors are invited to enjoy breaktimes outside in the leafy courtyard or gardens surrounded by birdsong.

Cost

£140.00

Date

Wednesday – Thursday 16 – 17th – th October 2024

Time

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Cost

£140.00

Book Course

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Book Event

Art Course Ticket ONLY – Wed 16th & Thurs 17th Oct 2024
£140
Available Tickets: 11

Included in this ticket: A space on the course listed.

The “Art Course Ticket ONLY – Wed 16th & Thurs 17th Oct 2024” ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Art Course + food ticket – Wed 16th & Thurs 17th Oct 2024
£160
Available Tickets: 11

Included in this ticket: A space on the course listed and a homemade vegetarian quiche and fresh mixed salad, with a choice of bottled apple juice or elderflower presse (contains gluten, milk and cheese) and an alternative homemade lunch on day two.

The “Art Course + food ticket – Wed 16th & Thurs 17th Oct 2024” ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.

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Cancellations

Cancellations must be made in writing/email more than 4 weeks prior to the course start date to guarantee a refund. Read our full policy on the Course Terms & Conditions page.