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Introduction to illustration: An interactive workshop with Millie Nice

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Learn the basics of illustration and complete a short drawing project in an afternoon in this highly practical masterclass with Millie.

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Regardless of what you do for a living, or how creative you think you are, there is no denying that allowing yourself to indulge a creative outlet of any kind can be extremely rewarding - not to mention beneficial to your emotional and mental wellbeing.

Whether you are an inexperienced doodler with a new year’s resolution to start journaling your emotions, you’re making a much-needed return to illustration after some time away, or you’re noticing the flowers beginning to bloom and want to take inspiration from them, this nourishing masterclass with professional illustrator and teacher Millie Nice will help you to build your skills and confidence to begin - and then keep - creating.

As well as benefiting from guided practical activities that will reveal new techniques and help you to discover your own creative voice, you will be given guidance on how to work creativity into your everyday life - even when inspiration dries up. You will also be privy to practical tips on staying motivated, recording and sharing your work, and how to connect with and draw fresh perspectives from nature and your everyday surroundings.

There is also an unmissable opportunity to attend a one-to-one session with Millie, during which she will explore your creations with you, and offer advice on how you can develop and grow your practice.

Course Content

  • Drawing and illustration as a creative outlet
  • Finding a creative practice that suits you
  • Drawing activities: Exploring new techniques and finding your own creative voice
  • Working creativity into your daily life
  • Staying motivated
  • Connecting with nature and your everyday surroundings
  • How a sketchbook can give your drawings purpose
  • Optional extra one-to-one session, with the opportunity to send Millie up to 20 of your illustrations to work privately with her on your practice

This course is for ...

  • Beginners who have an interest in - or some understanding of - illustration, and would like to experiment with drawing in a playful but intelligent setting.
  • Anyone who would like to learn new illustration techniques and start developing their own way of mark making.
  • Illustrators who would like an opportunity to refresh their practice, and book a one-to-one session for a more intensive, focused tutorial.
  • No technical expertise is required, just a willingness to learn. Please be aware no art materials are included in the ticket price of this masterclass, but only very basic illustrating materials and paper are needed for the practical exercises.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 2pm (GMT).

Tutor Profile

Millie Nice is an illustrator and educator, who specialises in bringing history to life in her illustrations. Having worked with the Courtauld Gallery, the Wallace Collection, Sky Arts, Tate Britain, King’s College London and English Heritage her drawings are often an irreverent (but always accurate) discussion of the past and how we see it.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 2pm (GMT).

Course Details

  • Date: Sunday 16 January 2022
  • Time: 2pm-4.30pm (GMT)

2pm GMT | 3pm CET | 6am PDT | 9am EDT

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

You will be sent a link to the webinar two hrs before the start time. Please email masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have not received the access link within one hour of the scheduled start time.

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.

Full course and returns information on the Masterclasses website

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Welcome to Guardian Masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

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