Short Course: Pleasures of Illustration

Discover the joys of illustration through a series of mini creative projects with Merlin Strangeway.

When, Where

One of our most popular courses is back again this summer! Join award-winning illustrator and educator Merlin Strangeway for a fun and gentle introduction to illustration.

You’ll work through a series of mini creative projects over four weeks beginning on Monday 14 September, exploring a different technique in each session, from drawing to typography, printmaking to pop-up.

Ideal for both complete beginners and the experienced but curious, it’s the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day, meet like-minded people, explore your creative side and produce something that surprises you. No experience necessary.

About the tutor:

Merlin Strangeway is an award-winning illustrator, scribe and educator who’s been teaching at House of Illustration since 2011. Passionate about using the arts as a tool for social engagement and change, she believes that everyone has the ability to make beautiful illustrations.

Merlin specialises in scientific illustration, and currently holds the post of Medical Illustrator in Residence at Guy’s Pathology Museum, Kings College, London. She has lectured internationally and taught at numerous art colleges, schools and universities across the UK.

Selected previous clients include Tate Modern, The British Library, The Design Museum, Central Saint Martins, NHS, John Lewis, Bloomsbury Books, Latitude Festival and Time Out.

Feedback from Merlin's previous courses:

"Merlin was a fantastic tutor and managed to fit in a load of content without it feeling rushed. Thanks!"

"The tutor was fantastic – very focused, helpful, engaging and enthusiastic."

"Merlin you were a fantastic tutor; clear, inspiring and supportive. I found the course a great fit for what I was hoping to achieve and am quietly confident I’ll be making time for the pleasures of illustration in weekly living from hereon-in. Thank you."

Course dates and booking:

This course runs for 4 weeks: Mondays 14 September – 5 October 2020 from 7-9.30pm.

To book, please select the start date from the drop-down menu below. The price refers to the whole course, not individual sessions. This course is for those aged 18+ only.

Any questions? Please check our FAQs.

This event was postponed from 23 April – 14 May 2020.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Full course with Gift Aid£187.00 £187.00
Full course£170.00 £170.00

Tickets are non-refundable. Aged 18+ only.

The price refers to the whole course, not to individual sessions, and entitles you to House of Illustration entry for the duration of the course.

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Gift Aid

The Gift Aid price includes a voluntary 10% donation which allows us to claim back 25% of the total price paid. This small donation makes a huge difference to a charity like ours which receives no public funding – thank you! UK taxpayers only. Find out more at our Gift Aid page.