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Introduction to Creating Picture Books with Claire Alexander

A ten-week beginners’ course for adults looking to learn the essentials of creating picture books for 0-6 year olds.

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“I found the course to be beyond expectations. Claire was brilliant, very honest with great constructive feedback. Very inspirational and not easy (in a good way!)" 

– Previous student

About the course:

This is a friendly, informal beginner’s course for adults. You will learn the essentials of creating picture books for 0-6 year olds, which appeal to the contemporary market. The unique setting of the House of Illustration provides access to the exhibition galleries for drawing and visual research.

During the course you will:

• Gain an overview of the market & advice on getting published
• Learn how to create stories with convincing characters
• Experiment with a range of appropriate artistic mediums
• Explore narrative themes, structures & writing styles
• Learn how to storyboard your book with compelling layouts
• Learn how to make a book dummy to send to publishers
• Receive one to one & group feedback on your work
• Free entry to the House of Illustration galleries for the duration of the course

About the Tutor
Claire Alexander is an author/ illustrator based in London. She recently completed book collaborations with writer Sean Taylor, illustrating Humperdink Our Elephant Friend and The Snowbear. Her other recent books include The Best Bit of Daddy’s Day, Millie Shares and Monkey and the Little One, the latter shortlisted for the 2015 Junior Design Awards and listed as one of the top ten best new picture books of the year by the Independent Book Sellers Association. A previous book Back to Front and Upside Down, dealing with the subject of dyslexia, won an American Library Association award in 2013. Her other titles include Small Florence, Lost in the Snow, That’s When I knew and Lucy & the Bully which also won an award in the US. Claire studied Fine Art at the Kent Institute of Art and Design and has a BA honors degree in Painting. She studied Illustration at Putney School of Art and has been teaching her own picture book courses for over ten years.

Course details:

Time: 7 - 9.30pm
Dates: Tuesday 8 January – Tuesday 19 March 2019. (There will be no lesson during half term on Tuesday 19 February)

£375 paid in advance, non-refundable

For more information, download the course information PDF.

How to book your place:

To book, please purchase your ticket below. For this course, we have designed an enrolment form, to make sure you get the most out of the sessions. Please download this form from the bottom of this page and return it to


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