Young Artist: Manga Illustration (15-17)


COURSE DATES: Monday 22nd - Friday 26th July 2024

TUTOR: Chie Kutsuwada


TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Ages 15 - 17, All Levels

FEE: £385

LOCATION: Mermaid Court Campus, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This course focuses on the uniqueness of manga style illustration, and teaches students how to make their pages come to life  within the limitations of monochrome. We will explore how to express our character’s emotions effectively, and learn the important basics of figure drawing. Students are encouraged to use the traditional approach to ‘draw and plan’ pages before finalising their work in digital form using Adobe Photoshop.

At the end of the course students will feel more confident creating manga illustrations and will leave with at least two pages of a completed manga project.

Recommend booking by: July 8, 2024

Young Artist 15-17

This course is suitable for students between the ages of 15 to 17 only, and is open to all skill levels.

This course is open to all skill levels for students aged between 15 and 17. An ideal course for students who love art and wish to advance both their artistic skills and confidence, or are new to the subject and want a fun and engaging introduction

Students are advised to bring a Sketchbook, pencils, eraser and black and white pens that they are comfortable to work with, A4 paper folder, and a USB memory stick with them to backup their work. Though there will be the possibility of storing files on the computers we cannot take responsibility for the safekeeping of these files.


Born and brought up in Japan, she graduated from the printmaking department of the Royal College of Art, London, and is now working as a professional manga artist. Her work Moonlight (2008, collected in The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 3 by Constable & Robinson) was shortlisted in the Manga Jiman competition organised by the Japanese Embassy in the UK. One of her latest projects is a series of illustrated columns for Mainichi Weekly (published every two months by one of the major Japanese newspaper companies) about life and culture in UK. Her books are available in most English-speaking countries and Japan, and some are translated into Turkish, French, Italian and Spanish. Besides creating manga comics, she runs manga workshops at schools, libraries, and museums, such as the British Museum, the British Library, Welcome Collection and Victoria and Albert Museum. She has also worked on projects for UK Japanese Embassy, Channel 4 and CNN.

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”.

We cannot store your bikes at the Academy, however there is on-street bike parking near our Mermaid Court site.

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

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

Terms and Conditions

  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • 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.

Materials & Equipment

  • 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 booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • 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 at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of each session where possible, with the exception of oil paintings and sculpture works.
  • We cannot store materials at the Academy, so please take these to and from your sessions.
  • 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 a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to purchase a gift voucher to be used on our courses then you can purchase these here.


Manga Illustration

Image / Kutsuwada Chie