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Course Prices

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Outside UK


Instalments UK & International

£375.00 in 4 instalments at £93.75 each

International students will not be supplied with a paper copy

Illustrating Children's Books Online Art Course

Tutored by Maggy Roberts

The Illustrating Children's Books Course is a Diploma Course.  

The expected duration of this course is approximately 1 year although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies. Previous art experience is recommended for students taking this course.

Bring your favourite children's books vividly to life with the Illustrating Children's Books course from London Art College.
This course, written and taught by successful illustrator Maggy Roberts is for anyone interested in illustrating children's books.

Develop your imagination, style and techniques with exercises, assignments, feedback and advice. Learn how to respond effectively to a specific brief, and discover more about each stage of the whole process of illustration.

This is a focussed creative and practical written course, that is designed to develop your skills as a children's illustrator.  You will receive encouragement and constructive criticism in response to each assignment from Maggy. You can also receive support from other students from across the world, using our friendly closed Facebook group.

On this flexible distance learning course you will be able to study at your own pace, working with a wide variety of exercises and briefs. Your confidence will grow alongside your skill so that you enjoy the process of learning.

The course builds on previous practical experience in drawing and painting, therefore some previous art experience is desirable.

By the end of the course you will have a growing body of work and a great set of new skills.

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private area in The Art Room.

Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique.

It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

Student Artwork by Estelle Van Eeden

All our courses are written to be your comprehensive guide into each of their subject matters. We understand that students appreciate clarification about various aspects of their work from a course tutor, whom provide reassurance that techniques are put into practice effectively. 

Each courses has its own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. Students are encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique.

The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Student Artwork by Judy Wilson
Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed
  • Pencil
  • Pen & ink
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic
  • Gouache
  • Most assignments can be completed in media of your choice 
  • Drawing for toddlers children
  • Animals
  • Cartoons
  • Caricatures
  • Imaginative places
  • Imaginative animals
  • Lettering
  • Book covers
  • Composition
  • Perspective
  • Textures
  • Colour Mixing
  • Developing ideas
  • Developing your own style

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Below are a few images from the course.

I really Loved this course curriculum and learned a lot from this course. It really helped me improve a lot on my skills, as well as my thinking processes.

J Sanghavi

Having completed this final assignment, I have looked back over the journey. There is a lot of useful information in the study units and I’ll continue to look back over the course material because I’m sure that I can continue to learn from it. I have learned to persevere with a task and not to accept my initial efforts as the limit of my ability. I have shown myself that when I think I can’t draw… a person… a cow… a tortoise…etc, that it is possible if I do the required research. There is no room for laziness! Colour schemes work best when selected carefully to reflect the mood of the story. Composition is important and needs planning. I know that when I get sloppy or careless I regret it afterwards because that is when I make marks that don’t sit well in the image. I feel quite positive about the improvements that I can make in my illustration skills in the future and I think that I can continue to try different things to develop my own style. Thank you for your support and your valued comments.

S Roberts

I have enjoyed this course and I believe my artistic skills have improved due to Maggie Robert’s detailed feedback.

G Lyon

I have had a lot of experience with courses, exams, programmes etc in various fields and I found Maggys feedback to be exceptional. It was very fast, full, really helpful. Thanks so much for that.

S Tetley

Thank you for helping students in remote areas through the digital services you offer. It gave me the opportunity to develop my skills as an artist.

B Badenhorst

Maggie was great at helping me understand the course and the assignments at hand, giving me advice on what to improve on, super happy with her.

S Brandt

The college does not provide materials with its courses as most students can obtain what they will need locally at lower cost.

For this course we suggest the following rough guide to the materials you will need :

  • A range of Graphite pencil 2B – 6B 
  • Soft eraser or putty eraser
  • Marker pens 
  • Cheap sketchbook for practicing mark making

Dip pen and ink (waterproof for use with washes and water soluble for use alone) and more detail on pens on page 34 of the course materials.

Pad of cartridge paper - try different types for different media
Water colour paints in half pans

Watercolour paper - a Not surface to begin with and then experiment with Hot pressed and a Rough surface
Other materials may be suggested to you individually as the course progresses.

The course can be completed using digital media if preferred.  There is one assignment which required watercolour.

Maggy's recommended reading material  -

Children's Picture books: The Art of Visual Storytelling
Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles
ISBN-13: 9781856697385
This can be purchased online and we have added two links below of the book on Amazon. 

Amazon UK
Amazon USA