Courses and workshops

I teach courses in graphic novels and comics for all levels at the Royal Drawing School (previously The Prince’s Drawing School) in Shoreditch. These courses generally run over ten evenings during term time or for one intensive week in July. Past students have been shortlisted for the Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story Prize and Laydeez Do Comics Prize and have also gone on to be published by NoBrow and Avery Hill in the UK and Top Shelf Comix in the USA.

In addition, I teach workshops for adults, children and teenagers around the UK. Previous venues/clients include Great Ormond Street Hospital, House of Illustration, Saatchi Gallery, Hay Festival, Jersey Festival of Words, UCL Medical School, SOAS, St George’s Hospital, Kingston University’s National Art & Design Saturday Club, the Momentum Project, E17 Art Trail, Kentish Town City Farm and the Royal Drawing School’s Foundation Year and Drawing Clubs. Please contact me if you would like to arrange a comics workshop for your school, workplace, festival or activist/community group.

One-to-one tutoring/mentoring, consultation and editing on your graphic novel or picturebook project is also available in person or via Skype – find out more here.

Upcoming Courses and Workshops:

Drawing the Graphic Novel 1
10 Weeks, Thursday evenings from 2 May – 4 June 2019, 6.30-9pm
Royal Drawing School Shoreditch | Studio 2
£175 / More information and booking

This enjoyable and highly structured course is equally suitable for beginners and those with more experience. It is an inspiring introduction to graphic storytelling, offering guidance on everything from generating ideas and structuring narratives, to inking and choosing tools, in a safe and encouraging environment. Those with some experience in the form will have an opportunity to reconsider both style and process, receive feedback and experiment with technique.

Drawing the Graphic Novel 2
10 Weeks, Friday evenings from 3 May – 5 June 2019, 6-8.30pm
Royal Drawing School Shoreditch | Studio 1
£175 / More information and booking

This course follows on from Drawing the Graphic Novel 1 and is only open to students who have attended that course.

Where Drawing Meets Words
I co-teach this course with brilliant artist-poet Sophie Herxheimer
*Likely to run again in Autumn 2019*
Royal Drawing School Shoreditch | Studio 3
£385 / More information and booking

Here is what some past students have said about my courses:

“Just wanted to say what a truly wonderful experience it has been.  Your teaching came from such a fun, intelligent place – I really appreciated you sharing your super nuanced understanding of comics and their language – I feel it’s completely opened up the  medium for me.  And also it’s been really empowering – I no longer feel that my drawing isn’t good enough, or that there’s a right or wrong way of doing things, I just feel I can have a go and try and use whatever I need to service the story.  There are so many brilliant things that I’ll take with me. I feel my entire experience of comics (as a reader and fledgeling maker) has completely transformed. I also really enjoyed how group orientated and ego-less it all was, I loved the whole group experience.  Thank you for making such a lovely fun and safe space for us. “

“Thank you *so* much for the excellent course you taught a couple of weeks ago. It opened my eyes to so many approaches to making comics that I had never thought about, and you made it all seem easy and fun. It was amazing to have you share all your experience and skill with us, I feel like I have levelled up. I’m even making a new comic for the first time in ages, and have lots of little bits of paper stuck to my desk while I rearrange them. Thank you for thoughtful and insightful teaching and comments, and thank you especially for helping me get creatively unstuck.”

“I came to Emily’s Drawing the Graphic Novel 1 class as a beginner, not having taken drawing classes previously, and I have come out of it with the confidence to express myself through drawing. Drawing now brings me pride, calm, and joy. Emily’s course taught me about structuring work on a project to harness and develop one’s innate creativity. She helped me find my own style and unlock my ability to tell a story graphically. She has a calm and reassuring teaching style, tailoring her approach and instructions to the needs of each learner.”