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Art Masterclass: Illustration with Jessica Hartshorn

Join local and published illustrator, Jessica Hartshorn to develop illustration skills. 

An illustration by Jessica Hartshorn featuring a spectacled panda bear tucked under a blanket on a wooden bed in an outdoor clearing.

Click here to book online in advance | £10 / FREE for HAF eligible children

Designed for age 11 - 16

You will learn a range of techniques and skills to illustrate your own, book/comic or short story. The session will include character development, story boarding, developing backgrounds and planning your designs. Also, create a front cover on the day and take away all of the planning to create your book/comic in the future. With over 19 years experience in the cultural and heritage sector, Jessica Hartshorn (aka Jessi Illustrates) can help to bring to life heritage collections through bespoke illustrations, education resources, trails, games, colouring in and activity sheets. Find out more about Jessica Hartshorn on her website.

As part of this 3-hour workshop, all participating children will receive lunch, served from our museum café, Alfreds. Please let any food allergies be known at the time of booking. Parents are not required to stay for the duration of this workshop, but are welcome to, should they wish to. 


We have HAF spaces available at this Art Masterclass workshop. HAF is the Holiday and Activities Food Programme from Coventry City Council, funded by the Department for Education. If your child receives free school meals and lives in Coventry, they should be eligible. For further information and to book any of the above activities, free of charge and with a pre-packed lunch provided for your child too, please visit: 

Did you know we can support your child to achieve their Arts Award Discover if they are aged 5-11? Taking part in our school holiday activities and visiting our exhibitions helps them to do the majority of the work needed to complete their award. Find out more about the Arts Award from Home programme.   


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