Illustrating the Animal Kingdom with Sion Ap Tomos

Explore animals through image-making: on the farm, at the museum and in the studio

When, Where

Get to grips with a fascinating and beloved subject matter and be guided through a variety of methods, styles and techniques, discovering ways to capture animal form, movement and detail.

We will explore land, water, and air, working from taxidermy specimens in the studio, from photographic reference and drawing live animals at a city farm. There'll also be a museum visit. 

From wild mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and creatures of the oceans and rivers as well as our domestic pets, you’ll have the opportunity to depict your favourite animal subjects and also develop an understanding of species you are less familiar with, through image-making.

We will take inspiration from the work and methods of illustrators past and present and be very hands on as we explore the subject via different materials and techniques including various drawing materials, watercolour, ink and collage.

The course will suit anyone with some experience of drawing and image-making recently or in the past, whether professionally or purely personally but who wishes to gain much more experience and understanding of this particular area and is open to experimenting and exploring.

About the tutor

Sion Ap Tomos is a Welsh illustrator/designer and educator based in London. He has many years experience working as a freelancer in editorial and reportage illustration, mainly focusing on figurative work. He also occasionally draws for a variety of other media including film and advertising. Additionally he regularly collaborates on illustration based projects with schools, museums and hospitals. He has also worked in education since 2000 teaching at Foundation, BA and MA levels predominantly for Central Saint Martins, UAL and has been devising and running practical short courses for 10 years. He has also worked with House of illustration since 2012 teaching on workshops, courses and projects for people of all ages since 2012. Sion gained a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design/Illustration at Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design and an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, London.

Course details:

Time: 11am - 1.30pm
Dates: Sundays 22 April - 1 July 2018 (no class on 27 May). Please note that the fourth session will take place on a Saturday 12 May to allow for a field trip. 

£300 paid in advance, non-refundable

How to book your place:

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