Online Masterclass: Create a Picture Book Character

Create your very own character with contemporary publishing appeal in an afternoon on Zoom – part of our online masterclass pilot programme.

When, Where

  • Zoom

Join author and illustrator Claire Alexander online for an afternoon delving in to the joyful world of picture books. By the end of the day you’ll have created your very own character with contemporary publishing appeal.

You’ll explore some successful characters from classic picture books and consider what exactly makes them interesting to everyone they need to appeal to: children, parents, carers, teachers and publishers.

You’ll learn how to write a character study based on an animal of your choice, then bring it to life in collage, creating a colour vignette with personality and charm.

This masterclass is also a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into a successful picture book-maker’s own practice, finding out about Claire’s published projects and learning insightful tips on how to present your ideas to publishers.

While our building remains closed, we're delighted to be able to offer this masterclass online as part of our remote learning pilot programme, with one-off discounted prices.

You will need:

  • A printer to print coloured textures, or a selection of coloured A4 paper
  • White A4 paper
  • Pen
  • 2B pencil
  • Coloured pencils
  • Rubber
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Blu-tac

Participants will receive handouts a week before the masterclass and login details the day before.

Experience: No prior experience needed.

Please note: this masterclass is for those aged 18+ only.

About the tutor:

Claire Alexander is an award-winning London-based author and illustrator with over 15 years’ experience creating picture books and over a decade’s experience teaching her bespoke Picture Book courses. She is currently working with Walker Books on two projects, as well as follow up to her latest title A Little Bit Different. Recent collaborations include illustrations for Sean Taylor’s Humperdink Our Elephant Friend and The Snowbear. Other titles include The Best Bit of Daddy’s Day and Monkey and the Little One, Small Florence and Lucy and the Bully.

Feedback from Claire's previous masterclasses:

“Excellent teaching pace and content with a blend of learning for all types of students.”

“Communicated process, examples and instruction clearly. Plenty of work time with good feedback and sharing.”

Please note: Your ticket confirmation will go to the email address linked to your Paypal account. Please email from your contact email address if this is different to the one linked to your Paypal account.

Online course and masterclasses have been developed with Art Fund support.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Pilot Programme Reduced-Price Ticket£45.00 £45.00

Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to our general terms and conditions. Age 18+ only.

Your ticket confirmation email may go to the email address linked to your Paypal account. Please contact immediately if you do not receive it.