Course Description

SEPT 2020 – Illustration Boot Camp Evening Course

Adrienne Geoghegan’s iLLUSTORi Academy



From September 2020 

Tuesdays 6.15 pm to 9.15 pm

  • Course limited to 20 students
  • from September  2020 one night a week, for six months

This iLLUSTORi Academy course is designed for aspiring, emerging or lapsed visual artists of ALL disciplines. It is also suitable for those in the areas of graphic design or fine art, who wish to expand their skill set.  Illustrators looking to update their portfolio to target agents and publishers will also benefit. The real definition of illustration is a figurative art form based on storytelling. This can apply to Editorial Illustration, Advertising, Album Covers, Posters, Children’s Picture Books etc…

First,  define illustration, and clear up any confusion:

An illustration is a drawing, a painting, an assemblage, a collage any art form really that has been created to perform a particular function. That is what mostly defines it, it performs a function.

This function may be one or more of the following:

  1. Inform or explain
  2. Encourage or stimulate
  3. Adorn
  4. Attar
  5. Narrate

No matter how the primary purpose of an illustration is defined, it is always practical instead of purely aesthetic.

The second major factor that defines illustration is its manner of presentation–usually by some mode of mass communication (such as, the printed page). Although illustration is the area of applied art that remains the closest to fine art, its function and format are the aspects that differentiate it from the fine arts. Therefore, an illustrator is not only concerned with the production of visual images (as are all visual artists), but with the graphic devices that make it an effective communication tool as well.

At the end of this course: Students will: have a greater understanding of the various types of materials, techniques and methodologies. Create 4 to 6 NEW Illustrations to use towards a portfolio builder/extender. Created a developmental sketchbook.  

Taught by published artist, collagist and writer Adrienne Geoghegan.


Adrienne is a trained Golden Colours Educator. She will cover all the various paints, pencils and mediums tried and tested by her.  Everyone works a bit differently so there is no firm material list. On day one you will need to have a sketchbook, things to draw with, and ‘colours’ at the bare minimum. Throughout the course, you may want to experiment with other drawing materials, and you might want to use nice paper for finished pieces, all of which we will discuss the first night of the course.

Course Resources We will discuss books and websites in class that you may choose to explore during and after the course.

Attendance: All students are expected to attend classes regularly and promptly and for the duration of the scheduled week.

Please Note: Because this course is only five days long, students should be prepared to do homework outside of class, and be ready to discuss their work during in-class critique.


Course Code IBCev20
College Name Adrienne Geoghegan’s iLLUSTORi Academy
Course Category Arts, Crafts & Hobbies, Illustration
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Certificate of Attendance
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 2
Course Start Date 29th September 2020
Course End Date 30th March 2021
Course Fee €1,300
Course Duration 6 Months
Course Times  Tuesdays 6.15 pm to 9.15 pm
Entry Requirements Please send 3 low res images or sketch book work to adriennegeoghegan@gmail with an expression of interest. You will be informed you have a place if there is 1. availability 2. your work has the potential for creative development in the sphere of illustration.
Career Path Check my Alumni and Testimonials for further information on a career as an illustrator or picture bookmaker.
For information about Adrienne Geoghegan’s iLLUSTORi Academy, please visit our college page on by clicking here.

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Adrienne Geoghegan’s iLLUSTORi Academy

iLLUSTORi 4 Provost Row Palatine Square Dublin 7, The Garden Art Room Carmelite Centre Aungier Street Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland

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