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If you’re in a big hurry, you could also take our
mentoring program
program, where you can book Ellen for single hours.

You could also use this as a private lesson. If you want to form your own group, there is also consultation to see if this can be done within a mentor program.

In this crash course in picture book illustration, you will explore how to best tell a story with illustrations. You may want to work on your own story, or it may be a “remake” of an existing story. Each week will focus on a different part of illustrating a story: character development, tension building, composition and use of color, among others.

Ellen Vesters graduated cum laude from the master’s degree in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge and is happy to share with you what she learned there. After these seven lessons, you will go home with a detailed storyboard for the construction of your story (don’t worry if you don’t yet have an idea of what you want to tell, that will come during the course) and at least one worked-out illustration, to build on yourself. Experience is not a requirement, but you must have the courage to draw.

In the course, each class will go through the topics listed below. We will cover the various topics at different entry levels, do short exercises and discuss everyone’s work. Most of the drawing work for your book is done at home.

  • week 1 introduction to picture books
  • week 2 shaping character(s)
  • week 3 storyboarding
  • week 4 composition
  • week 5 experimenting with materials
  • week 6 color
  • week 7 review of work made

Want to get the most out of the course? Then actively participate in the private forum and complete the homework given in between.

Join us and take your drawing work to the next level!

To take our creative courses and/or for our mentoring programs, you can apply for financial support through PPO Werktuig.
Apply quickly for an allowance of 1/3rd of our course fee (for Amsterdam residents even 2/3rds until the end of 2022)!
Check out the website for more information.

“Ellen is a super fun teacher and an inspiration!”

Dates: 7 Wednesday mornings from 9:30-12:00 a.m., March 15, March 29, April 12, April 19, May 10, May 31 and June 14 (reserve meeting June 21)
Result: an outline for a picture book and a hefty dose of teaching material to last a long time (lesson plans, power points and a facebook group for group exchanges)
Cost: €429, – incl coffee & tea
Teacher: Ellen Vesters
Entries: max. 10 people
Location: the Tinker spot in the Court of Cartesius
Corona Policy: Measures COVID-19


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