Illustration Boot Camp: Starts Tues 26th September 2017

Apply now for a place in September 2017. Early booking advised. The past two years, places were gone by June.
30 weeks – WEDNESDAYS 6.30pm -9pm &   5 SATURDAYS 11am to 1pm

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A  lot of artists and creative people are disgruntled about their lack of time for their personal projects and development. They want AND NEED to get off their habitual thread-mill…. but how? In this ILLUSTRATION BOOT CAMP participants will take a leap into a lively and productive atmosphere with like-minded people. With a little encouragement, and some coercion, I, and (hopefully your colleagues!) will sway you into acting upon your ideas. Understanding the importance of the creative process is not theoretical, but hugely personal and experiential. Making time to create new work beyond the commercial sphere can, and will, feed back into a more rewarding (and hopefully lucrative!) career.

This course will especially appeal to those who wish to spend time on personal illustration projects, to those who want to build a strong illustration portfolio, and to visual art practitioners who have an interest in pursuing a career in illustration, either part or full time.

The main purpose of illustration is to enhance or augment the written word with an image.  This course is designed as a kind of ‘boot camp’ for practising that most visual artists will benefit from. So far we have had participants who are practising graphic designers, fine artists, visual art students, architects, designers, tattooists, animators, and those who want to explore illustration further; not everyone has an art degree, but some have. Over the academic year, students will develop their practice, plus broaden and further cultivate their illustration skills in a relaxed and creative environment, by doing and making. There will be discussions, themed projects, critiques, and ‘hands on’ productivity. You  will get to investigate different approaches to problem solving whilst cultivating your conceptual skills, through a variety of media. Projects are fun and relevant to the industry.
Depending on your particular interests, we will cover:

  • Developing your Range
  • Brainstorming for Ideas
  • Experimenting with Different Mediums
  • Looking at Contemporary and Historical Illustration
  • Keeping Sketchbooks, Journals & Diaries
  • Discover Book Illustration
  • What is Editorial Illustration?
  • Poster Design and best way to grab attention
  • Image and Narrative
  • The Portrait as Illustration
  • Portfolios
  • Self Promotion
  • Location drawing on 5 Saturday mornings 11am to 1pm
  • Photoshop, Scanning and Printing with Mark Neiland
  • Printmaking with Debora Ando
  • Preparing your work for our year end exhibition, and pop up shop

APPLICATION PROCESS BY EMAIL, include 3 low res images of recent work, email:
The Garden Art Room,
Carmelite Centre,
56 Aungier Street
Dublin 2

DURATION One academic year (30 weeks)  from 27th Sept 2017
FEES: €1,250 for one academic year. Deposit of 50% (€625) secures your place.
Refunds are not issued up to 12 weeks prior to the course start date, due to the short time span to re-advertise and fill that place. However if I have someone on a cancellation list willing to take the place,  I can offer a refund of deposit paid. ALL cancellations incur an administration fee of €100.  In no other instance is a refund issued, unless in the unlikely event the course is cancelled.
FINAL FEES MUST BE PAID BY FIRST DAY OF CLASS. If you must miss this class please arrange payment balance in full with me BEFOREHAND or contact me to arrange alternative plan. If you do not show up by week 2, nor let me know that you intend to take your place and pay your balance immediately, you forfeit your full deposit, what ever that sum is, and the place will then be re-advertised.

I look forward to hearing from you, eiter to enrol or to get further information It would be great to meet you at WONDER, our end of year show and pop up shop, at Filmbase, opening on 6th June 2017, 6pm to 8pm.