Workshop Information


Each workshop has been customised to fit Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced students. All have been run successfully around the world.


All workshops have been created to take students without any artistic background to a place where they can access their own abilities ceating their own visual ideas.


Intermediate workshops challenge students to take their abilities to a higher level. These steps are to encourage students to consider their art in a new context , to move forward with their art and to improve their techniques.


Advanced workshops are to refine technique, to teach students to demand of themselves improved quality and to learn to SEE as an artist. These workshops include folio work and information on working as a professional.




Learning to draw opens up other areas of creative thinking for work and life.


  • Drawing is a LEARNABLE SKILL.

  • Learn technique, how to observe, interpret, then PRACTISE.

  • Drawing is a STATE OF MIND.


A workshop for people who wish to be able to draw.  

They will learn the “how to” of looking, seeing and rendering techniques.


The classes begin with the use of line and progress through to developed tonal work in pencil, pen and brush and ink.


This course introduces the tricks and devices of illusionistic drawing and focuses on developing both clarity and control of the drawing process.


Cartoon Workshops Introduction


Cartoons have become a huge part of our lives. How?

Look around you.

Artists have been creating cartoon characters for centuries. Today it is big business and a viable employment prospect.


 My workshops explore all aspects of cartooning yesterday, today and tomorrow. We learn cartooning techniques; create our own characters, role-play them into existence and then think about how we might market them. We explore all the outlets for the creative and original artist. We look at cartooning as a form of artistic communication. 


Cartooning is an individual art, it has no hard and fast rules and it shouldn’t. Each person can create their own art without the restrictions that restrict many other types of art. We will look at cartoonists who have broken the rules with great success. Think of The Simpsons,. They’re yellow!

Advertising is another common ground for cartooning. Think of all of the famous cartoons used in advertising products.


The creatures that populate our movies had to be created by an artist. Aliens, Toy Story, Monsters Inc and hundreds more only come to life when an artist takes up his pencil. We will look at the movie characters and how they were created. Consider computer animation as cartooning.


Television has always been a part of our lives and with it a collection of favourite cartoon characters. Lets look at the best and where cartooning has gone since Hanna Barbera, Looney Tunes and Disney.



This is a type of art that opens up a new world of expression for those who believe they can’t draw.

Welcome to The Art of Caricature with Joanne Brooker!


Artist Joanne Brooker  talks about the art of caricature, covering shape, weight, width and depth while sharing artwork of some of the greats!

Joanne will take you through the steps needed to understand faces and how to become aware of your brains natural tendency to recognise faces as caricatures.  Photo reference will be provided.

This fascinating workshop will explain how we |SEE faces and how to interpret this into easy techniques.

Learn the anatomy of faces, how to interpret personality and how to exaggerate faces and keep likeness.

Beginner Manga Drawing Workshop



Samples of Manga artwork. The variety of styles on Manga art and how it is used in comics, graphic novels and animation. Breakdown of styles, features, linework and expressions.


Drawing Excercises .  Drawing manga heads and faces

  • General Construction of faces using shapes and structure lines.

    Male and female faces. How to change proportions.


Animating faces. Changing the angle and direction. Side view, extreme angles, up and down, how to turn the face in any direction.

Drawing details:


  • Drawing eyes.Drawing a variety of manga eye styles.

  • Drawing hair.Hair styles, movement, accessories.

  • Drawing expressions. Male and female expressions. Anger, fear, love, etc


  • Students practise drawing faces using their choice of eyes, hair, accessories and view controls learned.


Each student creates a series of male and female character heads based on the drawing excercises.

Each student chooses the characters they are most happy with.

Each student shows the class their characters. The student explains why they have chosen their characters and how they have created them.

Class critiques the characters and discusses how the collected characters can relate to each other.

Memoir Book Illustration


The aim and objective for my Memoir illustration Workshops is to introduce a new dynamic view of narrative illustration within the context of personal memoir creation.


This course covers all the areas of thought process, using suitable materials, sketching from life, working from photographs, layout and working finished images.


The course includes the historical background of book Illustration.

The practical elements require learners to follow simple drawing exercises to develop a style they can use to illustrate their personal memoir.


Artwork is created with practical application to print and working in conjunction with words and page layout.

I have designed a program that students can easily create artwork without extensive artistic training. The focus is on the thought process more then artistic technique.


 I emphasise that memoir  illustration is an accessible art form open to all people regardless of their age or perceived artistic abilities.


Memoir  Illustration opens up an art form that is personal and enjoyable creating a sense of artistic fulfilment and confidence.

This is an intensive course that covers a wide range of areas.


All attendants will create a finished piece of artwork based on the areas covered.



  • The Memoir Illustration Workshops development outcome achieved will be an understanding of Memoir  Illustration as an enjoyable personal art form.

  • It is an opportunity to explore abilities in creative thinking and to explore a journey through artistic ability.

  • The course will create confidence in personal ability to relate their attitudes and ideas in an accessible and creative art form.

  • Learners will have an understanding of Memoir  Illustration in the print media , it’s historical background and how it can be created for personal use, a family heirloom or as a gift.

  • Each student will find the area of Memoir  Illustration that best suits their personal inspiration.




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