A fascinating course investigating children's books and their illustrations.

Illustrated books made especially for children are a relatively recent phenomenon, and were only mass-produced beginning in the 18th century. Though considered an insignificant craft for decades after it first emerged, illustration for children’s books is a distinct art form with its own demands and innovations, and has recently generated so much interest that several museums have been founded to preserve and foster it. How and why did illustration for children develop from hornbooks and hackwork to sophisticated pieces of art?

This course investigates children’s books and their illustrations in the context of changing concepts of childhood, the expansion of literacy, the development of printing technologies, the impact of the industrial revolution, the development of schools of illustration and contemporaneous art movements, the changing nature of education, the growth of children’s libraries, the invention of the teenager, and continuing innovations and controversies about what may be suitable for young people. 

Course Aims:

  1. To explore the social, technological and artistic context for the evolution of illustrated books for children from 1750 to the present.
  2. To understand the contribution of major illustrators, authors and publishers to children’s illustration and to the changing design of children’s books. 
  3. To identify the demands of the format and understand what makes a good picture book. 




Tutor: Valija Evalds
Date & Time: Mondays, 10am - 12pm
Venue:  Albright Studio, New Brewery Arts
REF: AC39-18
PRICE: £160 (£0.00 VAT)

All abilities welcome

First Class: Monday 17th September
No Class: Monday 22nd October
Last Class: Monday 26th November

What you will need:
All tools and materials will be provided. 

Residential option available. Find out about our accommodation, costs and how to book here.


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