Online Masterclass: Illustrating Mental Health

Explore this important topic through illustration in an afternoon on Zoom – part of our online masterclass pilot programme.

When, Where

  • Zoom

Explore how illustration can represent – and revolutionize – the landscape of mental health at this online workshop with medical illustrator Merlin Evans.

You’ll harness the power of illustration to depict the inner workings of the mind; to shock, subvert, support, proclaim, connect and embolden. Working through a series of guided exercises, you’ll map and articulate inner emotional states and narrative using a variety of media and techniques.

Expect a supportive environment of like-minded people with whom to share your work and practice.

While our building remains closed, we're delighted to be able to offer this masterclass online as part of our remote learning pilot programme, with one-off discounted prices.

You will need:

  • A4 paper
  • 2B and HB pencils
  • Biro
  • Charcoal
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Acrylic paint (black, white and one other colour)
  • String or wool
  • Cardboard from packaging/recycling
  • Old newspapers/magazines
  • Selection of favourite items of clothing (for inspiration – these won’t get damaged!)

Participants will receive handouts a week before the masterclass and login details the day before.

Experience: No prior experience needed.

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

About the tutor:

Merlin Evans is an award-winning medical illustrator, scribe and educator and the Director of Drawn to Medicine. Her artwork strives to build bridges in the field of healthcare between clinicians, patients and their families.

Having trained as a professional medical artist through the Medical Artists’ Education Trust and Royal College of Surgeons, Merlin’s practice maps both the physical and the psychological elements of the self. She has worked with a wide range of international clients visualising mental health through the medium of illustration and is currently Medical Illustrator in Residence at Bart’s Pathology Museum in London.

Feedback from Merlin's previous masterclasses:

"Merlin was a fantastic tutor and managed to fit in a load of content without it feeling rushed. Thanks!"

"The tutor was fantastic – very focused, helpful, engaging and enthusiastic."

"Merlin you were a fantastic tutor; clear, inspiring and supportive. I found the course a great fit for what I was hoping to achieve and am quietly confident I’ll be making time for the pleasures of illustration in weekly living from hereon-in. Thank you."

Please note: Your ticket confirmation will go to the email address linked to your Paypal account. Please email from your contact email address if this is different to the one linked to your Paypal account.

Online course and masterclasses have been developed with Art Fund support.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Pilot Programme Reduced-Price Ticket£45.00 £45.00

Tickets are non-refundable. Aged 18+ only.

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