Visual Story Telling Workshop

Offered entirely online: livestreaming classes and personalized feedback on completed work.

with Ali Fitzgerald

Learn about the vital, evolving world of visual storytelling with artist and writer Ali Fitzgerald. From graphic novels to data visualization, participants will explore ideas of relationships, urban landscapes, abstraction and form. Crafting stories through creative prompts and exercises, participants will uncover the building blocks of visual communication.

*No drawing expertise needed, but bring a favorite pen if you have one!

Ali Fitzgerald is an artist and writer living in Berlin. She is a regular contributor to the New Yorker as well as the New York Times. Her work has also been published in the Guardian, New York Magazine: The Cut, Modern Painters Magazine, McSweeney’s and elsewhere. Her art has been exhibited internationally, including the Haus am Luetzowplatz in Berlin, the Center for Book Arts in New York and the Austin Museum of Art.

In 2017 she was awarded the Cornish CCS fellowship at the Center for Cartoon Studies and in 2018 the Georgia Fee Residency with Artslant in Paris. In the Spring of 2018 she collaborated with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on a series of drawings about Magritte. In 2020 she will be a fellow at the Maison des Artistes in Angoulême, France.

Her graphic nonfiction book, “Drawn to Berlin,” about teaching comics in refugee shelters and Berlin’s evolving relationship to Bohemia and immigration was named one of the top ten comics of 2018 by New York Magazine:Vulture and received the Independent Publisher’s Award for Best Drawn Book of 2018.

She has conducted visual storytelling workshops at the National Library of Germany in Frankfurt, the University of Bath, Shakespeare and Company in Paris, Davidson College, and Grafill in Norway.

photo credit: Nadja Sayej

Our Online Workshop Format:

Classes meet via Zoom, livestreaming, and include live demos and step by step instructions from the instructor. Participants will do exercises along with the instructor and have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback during class time. We keep class sizes small and the atmosphere is interactive and intimate. Participants have the option take a little extra time on their own, at home, to complete the exercises or practice at their own pace, although this is not required. Finished work gets uploaded to a Dropbox folder where the instructor will give individual feedback and answer questions in the comments section. Participants can also comment on each others work in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Recordings from each week’s livestreaming session will be made available to participants.

Recommended supplies:

Pencils, pens (your choice, but a variety of thicknesses works best), computer paper, thicker paper (bristol board if you have it), a sketchbook if you have one. Erasers and rulers if you want them. Scissors.
*Any art supplies work for the workshop, the only thing absolutely needed is some kind of paper and drawing utensils.

October 15 – November 5, 2020

4 x Thurs: 6 – 8pm CET

155 € (*incl 16% VAT)


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