The 2020 masterclass will be facilitated by:

Beatrice Alemagna

In her own words: I was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1973.
When I was a child my biggest heros were Pippi Longstocking, Marcovaldo, Karlsson on the roof, Silvester and Meffi.
At eight I decided that, whatever the cost, once grown up I would become a “painter and writer of novels”.


Beatrice Alemagna, copyright Jake Green

Carson Ellis

Carson Ellis is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture books Home and Du Iz Tak? (a Caldecott Honor book and the recipient of an E.B. White Read Aloud Award). She has illustrated a number of books for kids including bestsellers The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, and The Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy (who happens to be her husband). Carson has been awarded silver medals by the Society of Illustrators for her work on Wildwood Imperium and on Dillweed’s Revenge by Florence Parry Heide. She’s the illustrator-in-residence for Colin’s band, The Decemberists, and received Grammy nominations in 2016 and 2018 for album art design. She’s also an occasional maker of editorial illustration, having worked for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Poetry Magazine, among many others, and an even more occasional fine artist represented by Nationale in Portland.

Carson lives on a farm in Oregon with Colin, their two sons, one cat, two llamas, two goats, one sheep, ten chickens, a family of barn owls and an unfathomable multitude of tree frogs.


Carson Ellis by Autumn de Wilde

Alexis Deacon
Alexis Deacon graduated from the University of Brighton, where he studied Illustration, in 2001. His picture books include I Am Henry Finch and the award-winning A Place to Call Home. Alexis Deacon was one of Booktrust’s ten Best New Illustrators in 2008. His picture book Beegu was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Slow Loris is number 69 on Time Magazine’s best children books of all time. Alexis lives in Hastings.

Illustrator Alexis Deacon at his home?cum-studio in south London.

Alexis Deacon

Christian Inaraja

He has illustrated more than a hundred books, published by leading publishers and translated into several languages, as well as drawing regularly in many regular publications, especially those for children and/or young people. In addition to books, he has illustrated for posters, advertising, packaging, press…

Among recent awards won include the National Award for the Best Published Book (2019), International Compostela Prize for Picture Books (2018), Junceda Awards (2013) or VEGAP Proposals (2013).

Christian Inaraja

Christian Inaraja

Picturecamp is produced and hosted by Jorge Martin (

Jorge Martín
Jorge is an illustrator,, a storyteller and a scribe. He has lived in Mexico, USA, Germany and London. He now resides in a teeny tiny village in Northern Spain, population: 25. His first book ‘J’sais pas quoi faire’ came out in 2014. Since, he has illustrated another 10 books (of which he has written two) in France, USA and the UK.

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Previous teachers have included Kitty Crowther, Chris Haughton, Benji Davies, Yara Kono, Jim Field, Natascha Rosenberg, Ben Newman, Nadia Shireen, Marta Altés, Tor Freeman, Ana Pez and Chris Riddell.