Online Course: Pleasures of Illustration

Discover the joys of illustration through a series of mini creative projects over 4 weeks with Merlin Evans.

When, Where

  • Zoom

Join award-winning illustrator and educator Merlin Evans for a fun and gentle introduction to illustration over 4 weeks on Zoom.

You’ll work through a series of mini creative projects, exploring a different technique in each session, from drawing to typography, printmaking to paper engineering.

What you'll need

  • A4 cartridge paper
  • Sketchbook (optional)
  • Dark coloured A4 card
  • Thick cartridge or watercolour paper
  • Carbon paper
  • Dotted and/or graph paper
  • Black felt pen or biro
  • 2H, HB and 2B pencils
  • Indian ink
  • Pack of bamboo kebab sticks
  • Small set of nylon paintbrushes
  • Tube of white gouache paint
  • Small set of watercolours
  • Collage materials
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Class times

Live online classes will take place 6.30-8.30pm GMT on Monday evenings from 21 March to 11 April 2022.

Experience needed

No prior experience needed.

Need to know

Download and read the Essential Information for more information about what the course involves, how it works and what materials you’ll need, and the Guidance for Participants for further information.

About the tutor

Merlin Evans is an award-winning illustrator, scribe and educator who’s been teaching at House of Illustration since 2011. Merlin specialises in scientific illustration, and currently holds the post of Medical Illustrator in Residence at the Centre of Performance Science, run by Royal College of Music and Imperial 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.

Previous students

“I liked the relaxed approach, the lack of pressure, the friendliness and the clarity of explanation. Overall it was excellent!”

“The course was welcoming, judgement-free, and full of expert information. I learned a lot of new processes which I'll definitely explore further.”

“Merlin's course was informative and interesting and pitched at exactly the right level. I learnt so many new techniques and it was also good to be introduced to artists I'd never heard of.”

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How it works

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Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Full online course with donation£187.00 £187.00
Full online course without donation£170.00 £170.00

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

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