Adrienne Geoghegan’s Visual Art Boot Camps were established in 2009 to fill a much needed niche in the illustration education market in Ireland.

She set up in The Garden Art Room at The Carmelite Centre on Aungier Street, in the heart of Dublin City, a 5 minutes stroll from St Stephen’s Green. The courses took off immediately as the evening hours and course duration suited those who were in full or part time employment, parenting, or studying. Many lapsed illustrators and graphic designers returned to up-skill, as well as those who wanted to investigate the possibility of a new or side-line career. On completion of the course, students have the opportunity to showcase their illustration work in a public gallery which is always packed out.

Mission Statement

Adrienne Geoghegan’s courses are geared to accomplish the following:

We are here to imagine, freely create, and learn about communicating visually
We are here to immerse ourselves in the making of illustrative art and picture books, writing and illustration, through briefs, guided tutorials, self-learning, sharing, practice, hands-on demonstrations, lectures and studio work.
We are here to communicate ideas about illustrative art and picture book making in a collaborative and respectful environment.
We are here to work for the most part hands-on, off-screen, using a variety of mediums and styles…to feel the fear and do it anyway!
We are here to grow from our mistakes and to embrace one another’s perspectives as we develop as illustrators and picture book makers.
We are here to grow as illustrators and picture book makers in the knowledge that it is as much about what we do outside of the studio as inside!

‘Skill and talent is gained through consistent practice and not poured into your head from a large illustrated jug’
– Adrienne Geoghegan.

Every artist was first an amateur.‘ – Ralph Waldo Emerson


I never studied Illustration in any depth before and found the boot-camp to be just what I needed. Great projects, great artists, great interactivity and great fun! If you need to re-ignite your creative spark, introduce yourself to illustration or just want to draw I definitely recommend Adrienne’s camp. I hope to attend the Children’s…

Blind Elephant Collective

I found Adrienne’s Illustration Bootcamp invaluable for extending my reach into illustration. We were encouraged to experiment with materials and ideas and step out of our comfort zone. Strong class dynamic where students from different artistic disciplines got a chance to mix. Improved my confidence and knowledge of the industry. Very informative and enjoyable course!

Carmen Touhy

Adrienne is a natural communicator and facilitator. Her creative and conceptual expertise in the field of Children’s Picture Book Illustration and Writing is first class. She is both generous and enthusiastic in the dissemination of her knowledge and guidance. I was strongly recommend Adrienne to all those budding creatives out there bursting to develop mature…

Sean Mackel – Writer

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