A person is drawing a story onto a storyboard with pencil on paper

About Drawing, Comics & Animation (YP103 Summer)

Learn how to design and create your own comic characters and story, learn drawing skills and work with 2D animation to bring your characters to life!

What will you learn on this course?

On this course, you will learn how to create your own comics, short visual stories, characters and animation.

The course will cover:

  • Drawing skills and techniques
  • Character design and concepts
  • Creating stories and storyboards
  • Animation techniques such as stop motion and hand drawn animation
  • Pencilling and inking
  • Digital colouring and lettering

By exploring and studying a range of comics, you will learn to understand different stylistic approaches and artistic techniques. You will be taught how to interpret the written word into imagery and to communicate stories effectively. The course will also cover different layouts and formats for presenting comics, including conventional comic strips, art style and display, and fan art.

You will be guided through the process of creating concept art for characters and developing these in your comic. This course combines traditional pen and paper drawing skills with digital techniques and the use of comic layout software.

On completion of this course, you can expect to have gained an understanding of a range of approaches to creating comics and will have produced your own comic art works and animation.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for young people aged 11 – 17 years. It is open to all levels and no previous art experience is required as full instruction is given. If you do have some experience, the course will allow you to explore and learn new techniques to develop your skills further. We provide a learning support worker and all our staff are DBS checked. Parents are not expected to accompany children on the course.

The course is accessible for children of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities, and use a computer. The room is wheelchair accessible. A parent or carer may assist their child if required but must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to consider key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

Do you need to bring anything?

Please bring a memory stick so that you can take any digital work home.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course?

Martin McNally

Dates and times

  • May – July 2025