Course Code SC2204121
Tutor Chris Geary
Course Dates Monday - Friday, 7th - 11th August 2023
Days 5
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Ages 14-16, All Levels
Fee £365
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This five-day course encourages students aged 14 to 16 to use traditional and digital techniques to create pages for comics and graphic novels, including character design and development, visual storytelling, colouring and lettering. By the end of the course, students will have produced at least two full-colour pages of comic-strip art. 

This course is ideal for students of all skill levels, from those looking to advance their artistic skills and creative confidence to those looking to increase an interest in a subject that isn’t their favourite!

During this course we’ll cover the following topics:

  • Character design.
  • Creating a world for your characters to inhabit.
  • Visual storytelling – the ‘language’ of comics.
  • Creating a storyline; Inking tools and techniques.
  • Digital colouring and lettering.
  • Preparing work for digital and print publishing.

Please be aware that on Friday the class will finish at 4.30pm.

Please note, you must, after your purchase, complete a consent form before your child can join our Young Artists programme. After you have booked your course, you will receive a link to the consent form which you can fill in and sign online. If you prefer to download the form in a pdf format and/or print a paper copy then you can follow this link. In this case, please email your completed form to or post it to Art Academy London, Mermaid Court, 165a Borough High Street, London SE1 1HR.

This course is suitable for students between the ages of 14 to 16 and is open to all skill levels.

  • Young Artists - Aged 14-16

    Chose this course if you are aged between 14 & 16. This course is open to all skill levels, whether you love art and are looking to advance you artistic skills and creative confidence or are new to the subject and want a bit of an introduction!

Materials are provided however students may also wish to bring in a sketchbook with ideas, drawings, images and photos. Students should feel free to bring anything they’re comfortable working on such as iPad’s, Notebooks, Pens, Paper, etc.

If there are specific Comics/Graphic Novels that you like, please bring them along. Especially if there is anything in them they you would like to learn how to do.

Please bring a USB memory stick to save your work.

Also make sure to bring protective clothing such as an apron or shirt or wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.


Chris Geary is the creator of International Aces, a series of Graphic Novels about the true life stories of the top pilots from the First World War. Chris is also a co-writer and artist of Commitment, the award winning Graphic Novel about managing risk and has also contributed a variety of stories to Aces Weekly – an online anthology published by David Lloyd.  Chris spent time at the London Cartoon Centre under the tutelage of David Lloyd.

Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

You are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

Students will also be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs and water bottles where possible.

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some images of our classes in progress. We will typically inform you beforehand if photography is taking place during your class; if you do not want to be photographed please let the photographer know!
  • To find out more about what’s going on at the Academy follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If you’d like to share images of your course, your progress or your finished work we’d love to see them! Please bear in mind you must have the permission of tutors, other students and models to photograph them.
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  • For further details please see our Short Courses: Regulations & Policies page.

“Thank you to the teacher for her extra time and effort in helping me with proportion of the face when sketching. I found it so valuable!”


Places Available!

Fee: £365.00

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