Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book Course

Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book Course

Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book Course

Next Available: Sun, 21 Apr 6:00PM (AEST)
2 hours x 10 Weeks
Over 100 people have attended this class


In this 10-week course for adults, you will be taken on a creative journey on how to write and illustrate your very own picture book for children.  The immersive course will cover all areas used in the contemporary children's picture book industry including:  How to gather ideas, develop your story through structuring and pacing, character design and storyboarding.  Throughout the course, our facilitator will  guide you through step-by-step illustration techniques that are catered to individual style and preferred medium of each student. 

The course is designed to suit adults with all skill levels, even beginners.

Our course is kept exclusively  to  5 attendees  in order to allow maximum one on one time,  as well as cater to the  individual style of each student.  

Topics to be covered in this course:

  • Creative writing
  • Setting up compositions
  • Lighting and shadows
  • Story structure, pacing and rhythm 
  • Experimentation of various art mediums
  • Camera angles
  • Character Design
  • Character's expression and movement
  • How to develop simple and effective ideas for your story
  • Self-publishing process on how to turn your complete project into a physical printed book  

The course is mentored and  facilitated by  award winning published children's book author and illustrator, Tull Suwannakit, whose books have been published in Australia,The UK and The US, as well as being translated into numerous languages throughout the world.  

Visit:www.TullSuwannakit.net to see Tull's published books and illustrations.

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What you will learn

  • Learn the practical steps on how to create a story and illustrate for a children's picture book
  • Explore picture book illustration techniques including line, form, colour and composition
  • Develop concept, story, character and structure for your picture book project

What you will get

  • Learn from an award winning published children's book author and illustrator, Tull Suwannakit. www.TullSuwannakit.net
  • Basic art materials are provided to be used during the course (except for an A4 sketchbook and watercolour papers)
  • your very own visual illustration portfolio created from the course

What to bring

  • An A4 sketchbook for visual diary
  • Watercolour papers (to be confirmed during the course)
  • Student's preferred art medium (to be confirmed during the course)

What to wear


Appropriate for


Malvern School of Art

(91 Reviews)

Malvern School of Art  offers established  visual art programs in Creative Drawing, Illustration and Sculpture, with classes catering to children, teens and adults .  Our art academy is located in a spacious, light-filled  mid-century building along the vibrant thoroughfare of Glenferrie Road.  We base our teaching on the individual development and skills of each student in a structured yet flexible art curriculum that is transformative and progressive. Through the engaging and resourceful teaching methods,  students  fully explore and express their own artistic creativity, skills and style to realise each of their full potential.

Malvern School of Art is owned and facilitated by award winning children's book author and illustrator, 

Tull Suwannakitr (www.TullSuwannakit.net)

Visit www.MalvernSchoolofArt.com.au to learn more about our school.

find us on Facebook @Malvern School of Art

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5.0 (45 reviews)
Lukerated it
12 Dec 2023
This class was brilliant! I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in exploring writing or illustrating a children's picture book. Tull is well-prepared for every class with take-home notes, pre-prepared demonstrations, and individualised assignments. He nurtures each person's ideas by giving informed advice based on his own experience; this allowed our class to all progress our ideas no matter what stage we were at. The small class size means you get one-to-one feedback but can also discuss topics as a group. There's a friendly, warm atmosphere to each class which is helped by the cosy and artistic interior of the Malvern School of Art. The class was hugely beneficial for me and I was very impressed by its facilitation. Thank you!
Ruthrated it
10 Dec 2023
The course was delivered very well - couldn’t have asked for more!! Love the small group size, it’s pretty comprehensive and it can get intense (in a good way) yet you are free to go at your own pace. One of my highlights the past year!!
Angelarated it
10 Dec 2023
It’s been such a blessing to be in Tull’s course! He can turn your dream of writing & illustrating your first picture book into a reality! From drafting a script, to designing a character, and storyboarding, then all the way to how to publish and market your book..:every single aspect of publishing a picture book is covered! Being an award-winning author and illustrator himself, Tull is very generous in sharing his industry knowledge and insights, and whether we had a question about fine arts, or illustration, or writing, or publishing, or even teddy bears, he had an answer! Ten weeks felt short, but the discipline of getting something done every week with useful feedback gave us the momentum to continue working on our project at our own supercharged pace until it’s done (hopefully within a year). The course is reasonably priced, and it is probably the only picture book course available in Melbourne. Highly recommended this course for those who has a story to tell in picture book format but don’t know where to start.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a transfer.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A transfer can be requested 2 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

-Please be advised that all fees  are non-refundable  once paid.  In the event of an unforeseen emergency and you are no longer able to commit to the course/workshop as anticipated,  please contact us at info@MalvernSchoolofArt.com.au at least  48 hours  prior to  the 1st day of the course/workshop for a full transfer to an alternative course  cycle or workshop date. Please note that once the course has already commenced, we are unable to provide transfer of the remaining classes to a new cycle.  

-If the teacher is unable to attend the lesson ( due to unforeseen circumstances), we will inform the students, parents or a designated adult contact, so as to arrange an alternate time and date for the lesson.  

-Please note that classes will be conducted on Public holidays and long weekends, so please check your schedule before making a booking.

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