Wild and domesticated

Information about workshops

Author: Sebastian Kubica
Date: 26.10.2016 (day 1); 27.10.2016 (day 2); 28.10.2016 (day 3); 29.10.2016 (day 4)
Place: Beijing 1+1 Art Centre

About the author:

Sebastian Kubica – assistant professor – artist and scholar of graphic design, drawing, illustration and artistic design. He holds the chair of his author’s poster and illustration studio. He is the author of dozens of individual exhibitions and a participant of hundreds of group presentations, a judge of art competitions in Poland and abroad. He lectures and conducts workshops for students in graphic design at academies all over Poland and abroad. Member of Alliance Graphique Internationale since 2015.

About the workshops:

The aim of the workshop is to familiarize each participant with the stages of creating a graphic design project (concept stage, outline, choosing the design technique, composition, executing the project).

The theme of the workshop is to encourage participants to reflect on the nature and state of animals as pets, helpers, defenders, aggressors. Differences in viewing these animal functions (also their nature and form) is best displayed through contrast: a hidden theme of this workshop. Classes will exercise a reflexive and analytical approach to the subject matter, using metaphor and a wide range of options provided by the so-called traditional workshop (the B2 paper size, drawing and painting, graphic design and various techniques), excluding digital media. In the era of internet and accessible new media, the student and designer more and more often forget about basic graphics tools. Graphic designs surrounding us today: book and press illustrations, guide books, catalogues, billboards, packaging, flyers, logos, posters etc. are mostly bland, anonymous and as if done by one and the same person. I think that through a graphic designer’s individual language, which too is a certain way of thinking, projects can be distinct, stand out and be more approachable (more human), without interfering with their message. Polish design, especially poster design, was all about these values. These traits made it famous around the world.

Each student takes on a chosen, contrasting pair of animals or the same animal, shown in a different way (each depiction on a separate B2 paper size). The teaching method will be the so-called teacher’s review – a conversation with the student, both individually and as a group discussion.

Workshop material: sketching paper, B2 paper size (cardboard, also in different colours), paint (acrylic, tempera, watercolor), paintbrushes, sponges, ink, crayons, markers, pencils, scissors, glue, scotch tape, knives for paper, material for collages, cups for water.