Picture Books With Sarah McIntyre and James Mayhew, guest Vivian French

Picture Books With Sarah McIntyre and James Mayhew, guest Vivian French

Date(s) - Mon 2nd Nov - Sat 7th Nov, 2020
All Day

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT

Find Your Inspiration

Sarah McIntyre and James Mayhew will lead you through the basics of structuring a picture book, discuss sources of inspiration, techniques, and share from their experience. Bring your questions, as they talk about working with agents and editors, and how to promote their work. Pack your drawing materials and paper, notebooks, sketchbooks and, if you want, your portfolio and work-in-progress books for them to review in one-on-one tutorials. If you haven’t a work-in-progress picture book, it’s fine if you want to start from scratch! Your tutors will walk you through designing characters, creating thumbnails, demonstrating full-size roughs, and illustration techniques, so you’ll be set to create finished artwork for your book.

Sarah McIntyre has written and illustrated picture books including Grumpycorn, The New Neighbours, Dinosaur Firefighters and There’s a Shark in the Bath. She loves collaborating with friends on books such as Jampires, co-written and illustrated with David O’Connell. Her co-authored books with Philip Reeve include The Legend of Kevin, Oliver and the Seawigs and Pugs of the Frozen North; the two of them have travelled widely to present their books at festivals and schools. In 2015, she and James Mayhew co-founded the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign, helping people see how everyone wins when illustrators are properly credited for their work.

James Mayhew has been creating books for over 30 years, from Katie, and Ella Bella, to Koshka’s Tales and Gaspard the Fox. He works traditionally, and is highly experienced in many different illustration techniques. James also works with musicians and orchestras, presenting classical concerts that incorporate traditional storytelling, and art created live on stage. A passionate advocate of art, music, story and culture for children, James is in demand internationally as a speaker, performer and educator, at museums and galleries, universities, and both literary and music festivals.

Vivian French is the author of more than 300 books. In 2016 she was awarded an MBE for her services to literature, literacy, illustration and the arts, and in 2018 she received the Scottish Book Trust Outstanding Achievement Award.  She is the co-founder of the acclaimed Picture Hooks mentoring scheme to help emerging art graduates find their feet in the world of book illustration.


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Bursaries are always available, and you also have the option to pay in installments, see How to Book.


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Single room
Includes food and accommodation
Twin room
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Single room deposit
Includes food and accommodation
Twin room deposit
Includes food and accommodation


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