Illustration: Posters And Packaging

Ever wondered how to illustrate a beautiful and interesting poster? Or marvelled at the beautiful packaging that comes with gourmet food and drinks? Then this is the course for you!

Who is this course for

This exciting, hands on and practical creative course would suit anyone who wants to test their skills in illustration by trying a real-life or simulated commission project.
It is suitable for all those with some drawing or painting experience including those looking to build a portfolio and wish to use a variety of media and techniques for a specific project or to broaden your creative repertoire. It is a good way to test-drive a commission as an illustrator.

What does this course cover

The art of the illustrator has been used as a means of selling products, promoting ideas and persuading since the development of print. This course introduces you to the specialist area of commercial illustration. It will enable you to consider ideas and techniques used by established illustrators, and will enable you to explore styles, materials and ideas whilst you develop a personal illustration project.
You will get the chance to choose your final project - either develop and produce a completed poster project or product packaging or to experience working on an illustration commission, optionally for a live client!

What will it be like

There will be workshops and set projects covering how to develop ideas, and also hand-made illustrative processes - no digital processes are used here - so you will explore materials including black and white, coloured media and mixed media. Throughout these workshops you will develop your own way of responding to a brief and expand your unique visual vocabulary.
You will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas with the tutor, get feedback and develop new approaches to working in a safe and supportive environment. You can choose whether to present your ideas to your peers or client at the end of the course, which will feature an exhibition where possible.

What else do you need to buy or do

All materials are supplied but you may need to pay for some of the more expensive specialist papers if you wish to use them, starting at 15p per sheet. You may need to supply your own good quality paint brushes if you require them. You should also be prepared to buy and use a sketchbook for personal development and research which can be used in the course.

What this course could lead to

Other illustration and print courses at the Mary Ward Centre, or elsewhere. Working independently as an illustrator; exhibiting/selling work; working from home. Individual advice will be offered.

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’