Illustration Academy Early Bird Discount

The Illustration Academy 2017 in-person summer workshop dates are scheduled for Sunday June 11 - July 15 Saturday in Kansas City, MO on Rockhurst University’s campus. Enrollment for the 2017 session is officially open to the public at a 10% Early Bird Discount. 

Every year, students and instructors travel from all over the world to learn and teach at The Illustration Academy, one of the most highly regarded illustration programs in the world. The workshop consists of five immersive weeks structured similarly to a bootcamp for ambitious illustrators. 

About The Illustration Academy

The Illustration Academy is based in the principles of picture-making. Drawing, ideation, storytelling and compositional skills are emphasized as the genesis of personal development and better concepts. The best artists, whether abstract or photorealistic come from a working knowledge and understanding of the skills associated with good picture-making.  

We believe the best illustrators are a product of great ambition paired with diligent teaching and mentoring. Our career-focused approach to education is pretty simple: connect aspiring artists with the best illustrators in the game. During our 5-week bootcamp, students are exposed to an immersive educational environment that explores and maps out the secrets to the illustration industry. Our responsibility and mission is to shorten the gap that exists between the student and the working professional.

Attending instructors

During the 5-week workshop more than 12 of today’s most accomplished illustrators will visit to lecture, demo, mentor and critique students. Currently John English, Mark English, and George Pratt are confirmed for the 2017 session. To stay up to date with our growing roster of artists be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

Earn Transferrable College Credits 

Bethany College Applied Arts program is now offering up to 12 hours of transferable credit for attending The Illustration Academy. Bethany College Applied Arts is an innovative Bachelor of Arts program where the artists who are redefining our industry are redefining arts education to make it more affordable, accessible and applicable to a real world career.

Up to 12 hours of transferrable credit are available. If you are interested in signing up for The Illustration Academy and would like to receive credit hours, please contact our staff to make arrangements. Email or call John English, so that he may assist you with this process. (913) 579-1139 |

About George Pratt
George Pratt is an award-winning painter, writer, photographer. His work is in numerous private collections world wide. He is a recipient of the Eisner Award for his graphic novels, a Spectrum Gold Medal, and Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival for the documentary film "See You In Hell, Blind Boy". 

About John English
John English was inspired by his early experiences in Connecticut where he was raised in the company of New York’s most talented illustrators. He has received numerous awards from organizations including New York Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Graphis and Print Magazine.

John’s work has graced the cover of Newsweek, the pages of Esquire, Money, and Essence, and the publications of Penguin Books, Bantam Books, Atlantic Records, Boeing, Chrysler Corporation, Hitachi, 7-Up, NCAA, Sprint Corporation, and the Knoll Furniture Group.

About Mark English
Mark English is the co-founder of The Illustration Academy along with his son, John English. Mark has been one of the leading illustrators in the US and abroad for three decades. His unique style is easily recognizable in such publications as McCalls, Time, Sports Illustrated, Redbook, Atlantic Monthly, and others. He has won literally hundreds of awards for his work and has been the most awarded illustrator in the history of the Society of Illustrators in New York. His client list includes such notables as IBM, U.S. Park Service, RCA, GE, Ford, GM, and Honeywell.

Early Bird Special

Students who pay tuition in full before Oct. 31 are eligible for a 10% early bird discount. This discount only applies to the Illustration Academy tuition and does not apply to room and board costs.

2016 Instructors

Below we have listed our guest instructors who taught at the 2016 Illustration Academy workshop. Many of our guest instructors frequently return each year. We are proud to list some of the art industry's most acclaimed illustrators as our instructors.

  • Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Bill Sienkiewicz
  • Wesley Burt
  • Victo Ngai
  • Sterling Hundley
  • Edward Kinsella
  • Francis Livingston
  • Mark English
  • George Pratt
  • Gary Kelley
  • C. F. Payne
  • Bill Koeb
  • Bill Carman
Timmy Trabon