Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book Course

Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book Course

Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book Course

Next Available: Sun, 28 Jan 6:00PM (AEDT)
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

(88 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 (42 reviews)
jenniferrated it
24 Sep 2023
great course, fantastic teacher, learnt a lot and had fun while doing so
J. Francisrated it
18 Sep 2023
First, this is a great class to take for anyone interested in writing and illustrating a picture book from an instructor who is well versed and experienced in this industry. Second, I believe that just about everything presented in this well organized and in-depth class is applicable to and beneficial for anyone interested in writing and illustrating (period) Third, the environment and atmosphere of the Malvern School of Art is conducive to being immersed in the world of a true artist with excellent and ample art supplies, work desks, seating, lighting, and outstanding sample illustrations. And finally, I drove 80 minutes to and from this class for 10 weeks without missing any because every class was anticipated with learning something new in the writing and illustrating industry, knowing that it was a safe and friendly class, and conducted by a tremendously knowledgeable, patient, apt to teach, kind and funny instructor.
Danielarated it
17 Sep 2023
A fantastic step by step guide to making a picture book. No stone left unturned. You will learn the secrets to what you need in the industry and build your skills. Tull will help you build your confidence with drawing and watercolour painting. Bonus is his little jokes and absolutely beautiful drawings.
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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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