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WEEK – LONG ILLUSTRATION COURSES

550.00

Book early* and avail of the EARLY BIRD special of €50 off the full price of €500
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*minimum 4 weeks prior to the course commencement date. 

One Week Illustration Spectacular
in Adrienne’s Stoneybatter studio.
Maximum 4 students per class.
Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm – one hour for lunch.
Buffet lunch and refreshments included in the price.
Use of many materials and paints  – included in the price.
Cost: €550.00 (€275 deposit due on booking)
Choose your area:
1. Picture Book Illustration & Writing
2. Illustration Portfolio Building
3. Mixed Media & Collage

iLLUSTORi Academy courses are designed for aspiring,
emerging or lapsed visual artists of ALL disciplines.
See below for course descriptions. 

Summer 2020 – watch out for more dates.

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WRITE & ILLUSTRATE A PICTURE BOOK

This iLLUSTORi Academy courses are designed for aspiring, emerging or lapsed illustrators and picture bookmakers. It is also suitable for those in the areas of graphic design or fine art, who wish to expand their skill set. Illustrators looking to tailor their portfolio to target children’s book agents and publishers will also benefit. You will develop new portfolio pieces along with the first draft of a picture book.

At the end of this course

Participants will: have a greater understanding of the current marketplace for children’s picture book illustrators and writers.  In addition, the ability to create picture book layouts, character development sketchbooks, a storyboard, text and, 2 illustrations, Taught by published artist, and writer Adrienne Geoghegan.

Materials

Everyone works a bit differently so there is no firm material list. You will need to have a sketchbook, things to draw with, and ‘colours’ at the bare minimum. Throughout the course, you may want to experiment with other drawing materials, and you might want to use nice paper for finished pieces, all of which we will discuss the first night of the course.

Course Resources

We will discuss books and websites in class that you may choose to explore during and after the course.

Attendance

All students are expected to attend classes regularly and promptly and for the duration of the scheduled week.
Please Note: Because this course is only five days long, students should be prepared to do homework outside of class, and be ready to discuss their work during in-class critique.

Rough Syllabus

Please Note: Courses may NOT adhere PRECISELY to what is written in the published list. To be realistic, courses sometimes deviate from this to allow for class needs and dynamics.

Monday

  • Examine the Works of Contemporary Illustrators and Discuss Techniques, Materials and Style.
  • Materials: an Overview of What Works Best
  • The Practice of Keeping Sketchbooks
  • Character Development Exercises
  • How to Write in Pictures
  • Brainstorming exercises
  • The Practice of Keeping Notebooks
  • Rhyme vs Prose
  • Picture Book Page Layout
  • Editing Your Work Overview
  • Story Structure
  • Story Diagram
  • Poetic Devices
  • Page Turning Explained
  • What Editors Look For

Tuesday

  • Thumbnails – Visual Continuity and the Sequential Image
  • Drawing from Reference & Stylising Characters
  • Experimenting with Your Mediums
  • Initial Thumbnail Sketches
  • Knowing What to Illustrate in the Text
  • What Shape Book: Square, Landscape or Portrait?
  • Designing Space for Text
  • Working Up from Your Thumbnails
  • Tuning into Dialogue and Voice
  • Choosing the Right Language and Vocabulary
  • Brainstorming Exercises
  • Observational Exercises
  • Common Traps Writers Fall Into and Advice on How to Avoid Them.
  • Starting Your First Draft
  • Picture Book Manuscript Formatting
  • Critical Checkpoints
  • Storyboarding to Enable You to Pace Your Story

Wednesday

  • Developing `Consistency in Your Characters
  • Choosing Which Pages to Illustrate for Your Picture Book Proposal
  • Interim Critique
  • Create a Colour Palette for Your Book
  • Crop Marks Explained
  • Gutter Area Explained
  • Start Full-Colour Illustrations: Single or Double Page Spread.
  • Refining First Drafts – Start Second Draft
  • Show Don’t Tell – Critical

Thursday

  • Continue with Full-Colour Illustrations: With Guidance From Adrienne
  • This is an Extensive Day of Illustration.
  • Interim Critique

Friday

  • Continue with Full-Colour Illustrations: With Guidance From Adrienne
  • This is Our Second Extensive Day of Illustration.
  • After Lunch: Final Finishing Off and Final Critique.
  • Extensive Day of Final Drafts
  • After Lunch: Adding ‘The End’ and Final Critique.

ILLUSTRATION PORTFOLIO BUILDER

This one-week iLLUSTORi Academy course is limited to four people, designed for aspiring, emerging or lapsed visual artists of ALL disciplines. It is also suitable for those in the areas of graphic design or fine art, who wish to expand their skill set.  Illustrators looking to update their portfolio to target agents and publishers will also benefit. The real definition of illustration is a figurative art form based on storytelling. This can apply to Editorial Illustration, Advertising, Album Covers, Posters, Children’s Picture Books etc…

An illustration is a drawing, a painting, an assemblage, a collage any art form really that has been created to perform a particular function. That is what mostly defines it, it performs a function.
This function may be one or more of the following:

  1. Inform or explain
  2. Encourage or stimulate
  3. Adorn
  4. Narrate

No matter how the primary purpose of an illustration is defined, it is always practical instead of purely aesthetic.

The second major factor that defines illustration is its manner of presentation–usually by some mode of mass communication (such as, the printed page). Although illustration is the area of applied art that remains the closest to fine art, its function and format are the aspects that differentiate it from the fine arts. Therefore, an illustrator is not only concerned with the production of visual images (as are all visual artists), but with the graphic devices that make it an effective communication tool as well.

At the end of this course

Students will: have a greater understanding of the various types of materials, techniques and methodologies. Create up to 6 NEW Illustrations to use towards a portfolio builder/extender. Created a developmental sketchbook.

Materials

Adrienne is a trained Golden Colours Educator. She will cover all the various paints, pencils and mediums tried and tested by her. Everyone works a bit differently so there is no firm material list. On day one you will need to have a sketchbook, things to draw with, and ‘colors’ at the bare minimum. Throughout the course, you may want to experiment with other drawing materials, and you might want to use nice paper for finished pieces, all of which we will discuss the first day of the course.

Course Resources

We will discuss books and websites in class that you may choose to explore during and after the course.

Attendance

All students are expected to attend classes regularly and promptly and for the duration of the scheduled week.

Please Note: Because this course is only five days long, students should be prepared to do homework outside of class, and be ready to discuss their work during in-class critique.

We Cover the Following:

Please Note: This course may NOT adhere PRECISELY to what is written in the published list. To be realistic, courses sometimes deviate from this to allow for class needs and dynamics.

Monday

  • Overview of Supplies and Possibilities
  • Substrates, Surfaces
  • Compatibility of Materials
  • Observational Drawing
  • Imaginative drawing
  • Historical and Contemporary Practitioners,
  • Discussing Techniques, Materials and Style of Contemporary Illustrators
  • Online Image Resources
  • Materials: How Each Media Interacts (or not) With the Others.
  • The Practice of Keeping Sketchbooks
  • Initial Warm-Up Illustration Exercises Working From the Theme supplied by Adrienne.

Tuesday

  • Illustration Techniques, Adrienne’s Tips and Hints
  • Planning Your Layout and Composition
  • Inspiration Finding
  • Assignment One: Portrait As Illustration

Wednesday

  • Using Hand Lettering
  • Assignment Two: Book Cover Re-Design (Title Supplied)
  • Interim Critique

Thursday

  • Poster Design: Theme supplied
  • Interim Critique

Friday

  • Editorial Illustration (Article supplied)
  • After Lunch: Final Finishing Off and Final Critique

COLLAGE & MIXED MEDIA

This one-week iLLUSTORi Academy course is designed for aspiring, emerging or lapsed visual artists of ALL disciplines. It is also suitable for those in the areas of graphic design or fine art, who wish to expand their skill set.  Illustrators looking to update their portfolio to target agents and publishers will also benefit.

Mixed media is such a broad, all-encompassing term that it’s quite easy to become overwhelmed before you even get started! Adrienne will take the mystery out of it and help you get started making art. You’ll learn about common materials and how each media interacts (or not) with the others.  You will develop new portfolio pieces with a focus on one theme using mixed media techniques.

At the end of this course, you will have a greater understanding of the various types of materials, techniques and methodologies to create brand new and exciting work. Students will also have a themed developmental journal. They will have created a number of new artworks to use towards a planned exhibition or portfolio builder/extender.

Taught by published artist, collagist and writer Adrienne Geoghegan in her home studio, it runs from.

Materials

‘Top of the range’ paints supplied – bring containers for this.  Bring Modge Podge glue and scissors.
Adrienne is a trained Golden Colours Educator. She will cover all the various paints, pencils and mediums tried and tested by her.  Everyone works a bit differently so there is no firm material list. On day one you will need to have a sketchbook, things to draw with, and ‘colours’ at the bare minimum. Throughout the course, you may want to experiment with other drawing materials, and you might want to use nice paper for finished pieces, all of which we will discuss the first night of the course.

Lunch and Refreshments Provided

Adrienne will provide a healthy buffet lunch, plus teas, coffees and refreshments all day.

Course Resources

We will discuss books and websites in class that you may choose to explore during and after the course.

Attendance

All students are expected to attend classes regularly and promptly and for the duration of the scheduled week.

Please Note
Because this course is only five days long, students should be prepared to do homework outside of class, and be ready to discuss their work during in-class critique. All of the assignments will relate to the central theme chosen by Adrienne but each student will put their own spin on it.

We Cover the Following:

Please note: This course may NOT adhere PRECISELY to what is written in the published list. To be realistic, courses sometimes deviate from this to allow for class needs and dynamics.

Monday

  • Overview of Supplies and Possibilities
  • Substrates, Gesso and Surfaces
  • Compatibility of Materials
  • Glues and Mediums and Adhesives
  • Keeping Journals for Notes and Ideas.
  • From the originators and pioneers of Collage and Mixed Media to more Contemporary Practitioners,
  • Discussing Techniques, Materials and Style of Contemporary Collagists
  • Online Image Resources
  • Materials: How Each Media Interacts (or not) With the Others.
  • The Practice of Keeping Sketchbooks
  • Initial Warm-Up Developmental Exercises Working From the Theme Supplied by Adrienne.

Tuesday

  • Collage Techniques, Adrienne’s Tips and Hints
  • Photocopy Transfer Techniques
  • Square, Landscape or Portrait
  • Create a Collage Using Only Circles
  • Planning Your Layout
  • Inspiration
  • Drawing With Scissors
  • Drawing or Utilising Elements From Out of Copyright Reference Photo
  • Starting a Collection of Printed Ephemera and Found Objects
  • Using Your Smart Phone Photos
  • Collage and Copyright
  • Let’s Get Started!

Wednesday

  • Start With Your Background
  • Using or Making Stencils
  • Stamping And Printing – Create Your Own
  • Incorporating Fun into Your Work (or seriousness!)
  • Incorporate Quotes or Text into your Art Work- You Decide!
  • Tracing Paper Templates
  • Building Texture
  • Mixing Paint
  • Sourcing Printed Ephemera and Objects
  • Picture Composition
  • Altering Your Collage Paper
  • Stitching Paper

Thursday

  • Continue With Your Artwork With Guidance From Adrienne
  • This is an Extensive Day of Creating Artworks
  • Interim Critique

Friday

  • Continue With Guidance From Adrienne
  • This is Our Second Extensive Day of Creating Artworks
  • After Lunch: Final Finishing Off and Final Critique.
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