Masterclass: Make a Mini Picture Book

A full-day workshop with picture book expert Claire Alexander.

When, Where

Learn how to illustrate a picture book and have a go at creating a rough mini version of one at this hands-on workshop with author, illustrator and educator Claire Alexander.

Claire will draw on her own experiencing of illustrating Sean Taylor’s The Snowbear to demonstrate how to tell a simple story with dynamic pictures. You’ll learn how to decide which points in a story to illustrate and how to do so, using layouts and composition to create pace and build drama.

Once you’ve got to grips with some picture book basics, you’ll create your own 16 page thumbnail storyboard, ready to be transformed into a mini book dummy.

With over 14 years’ experience writing and illustrating picture books and over a decade teaching others to do the same, Claire couldn’t be better placed to reveal the professional secrets of the picture book industry. In this session you’ll be able to learn more about Claire’s own work and professional experience and receive expert guidance on how to present ideas to publishers.

Please bring: a sketchbook and any drawing materials. All other materials are provided by House of Illustration.

Please note: this masterclass is for those aged 18+ only.

Feedback from Claire’s previous courses:

The session was really helpful. It was great to talk through ideas with Claire and others –  Claire is very knowledgeable.

About the tutor:

Claire Alexander is a London-based author, illustrator and educator and the creator of A Little Bit Different, The Best Bit of Daddy’s Day and Monkey and the Little One. The latter of these was shortlisted for the Junior Design Awards in 2015 and listed as one of the top ten best new picture books of 2015 by the Independent Booksellers Association. As well as penning and illustrating her own books, Claire has collaborated with author Sean Taylor to illustrate Humperdink Our Elephant Friend and The Snowbear. She has been teaching her Picture Book Course for over a decade.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Adult with Gift Aid£71.50 £71.50
Adult£65.00 £65.00
Concessions/Friend with Gift Aid£66.00 £66.00
Concessions/Friend£60.00 £60.00

Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to our general terms and conditions. Aged 18+ only.

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