Illustration Practice

Are you interested in visual arts? Whether a beginner or slightly advanced, this course will allow you to develop your creative skills from the very first scratch, through simple illustration, all the way to painting a proper painting with acrylic colors. You will also be assigned interesting and entertaining projects that will challenge not only your drawing and painting skills but most importantly your creativity and imagination.

Acquired skills

  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding of the strategies and techniques for the production of different kinds of illustration
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of skill in the use of techniques, technologies and tools
  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding of the needs of a range of different audiences and circumstances
  • Ability to enhance the illustrations digitally using computer software - mainly Adobe Photoshop
  • Recognise how to work independently, collaboratively and as a member of a team

General information

Course term: 312.08. - 23.08.

Free seats: 3

Price: 650 €

Category: Arts

Status: Closed

Deadline: 31.07.2019


The course is designed to those interested in improving their painting, drawing, and illustration skills. Students should have a basic and/or advanced art knowledge. We recommend the students to send us their latest work after registering to the course.


  • Research is an essential component of the course. Students will investigate a wide range of visual art practices and draw on history, technology, commerce, media and cultural studies as they analyse and critique the development of illustration and visual language
  • Black and White Drawing – an introduction to the languages of drawing. Moving from the simple description of an object to problems that use line, shape, value, proportion, texture, balance and composition to build visual structures. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the perception of nature and the drawing process. Students use black and white media to examine the basics of visual organization
  • Colour – an introduction to the element of colour. Colour theory is studied through painting. The basics of colour mixing are emphasized as students examine colour interaction, perception and observation. Students explore the expressive potential of colour and the effects of light on colour in addition to the effects of colours on each other
  • Digital Painting – A large part of the course is an introduction to digital painting. Students will acquire, modify and enhance the images created during the workshop, using Photoshop. The work will include designing backgrounds, characters and props, it will also cover colour theory, perspective and use of textures.


Lecturer Franco Hüller avatar

Franco Hüller


Prague College lecturer


Mr. Huller is a highly experienced designer, illustrator and creative consultant. His career is devoted to art. From the beginning of the millennium he has worked as an artist, photographer and curator in art galleries in Italy, and as a book illustrator and creative consultant and scenic director in the Czech Republic. Mr Huller also has much experience as an art teacher from schools in Italy and the Czech Republic. Mr. Huller has been teaching for European Summer School since 2015.

Course outline

You can download the full syllabus here.

Method Of Teaching

The course will run through a series of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes, concepts and projects which lead to a more focused and personal exploration. Students’ activity will be individually monitored and supported by the tutor who will negotiate and agree on a ‘personalized study plan’ for work to be undertaken out with the class hours each lesson. This will include researching a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to produce a contextual awareness of the discipline being taught as well as how to annotate and evidence this within a sketchbook and practical outcomes. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

Course Gallery - students and their illustrations


You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course. Please inform the organizing staff if you require any extra supplements, such as Transcript of Records. The student is eligible to receive up to 5 ECTS credits, however please follow the instructions here and consult the acknowledgment process with your university in advance.


  • attendance in class 15%
  • team assignment 40%
  • individual assignment 35%
  • exam 10%

Course time total 125 hours

  1. Total time of in-class work = 50hours
  2. Preliminary assignment = 10hours
  3. Preparation = 65hours


Course fee includes the course itself, application fee, study materials, Prague public transportation ticket for 2 weeks, afternoon/evening social activities and events, welcome drink and goodbye graduation party. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside of town over the weekend and entrance fees), and required equipment (i.e. pencils, paper for illustrations) are not included in the price.

Please note, after the 30th of April 2019 there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee.

Terms and Conditions - Cancellation fees

Costs of living in Prague


For accommodation options, please visit the dedicated page

*Program/Course Outline is subject to change.


  • An A3sized sketchbook
  • Pencils, graphite
  • Acrylic colours, rags or paper towels, jars for water, soap
  • A selection of cheap brushes and palette knives
  • Stretched canvases (their size depends on the students' needs)
  • Palette


"Besides massive new illustration skills, I learned how much you can achieve in only two weeks. I met likeminded people who are open minded and fun to hang out with.The summer school helped me to develop professionally, but most of all it gave me more self esteem in this field of work."