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Pen Portraits in the Present Reflecting the Past: The Art of the Cartoonist
Tue 16 May 2017, 14:00 – 17:00 BST
Learn to draw cartoons with art historian and master cartoonist Martha Richler (aka Marf) who leads this workshop to explore the history of cartooning as well as sharing ideas about the present. All materials provided.
In this 3-hour-long workshop we will spend the first hour looking at great examples of political cartooning through the ages, cartoons that changed the world, for better or for worse. We will make a short list of tropes - that is, ways to spin the news into a dramatic image. We will take a brief look at recent history in the UK - from the banking crisis of 2008 to Brexit - to see how contemporary cartoonists interpret the same event. We will finish our excursion through cartooning history to the present day, and look at all the cartoons published the very day of the workshop, and review the print newspapers and online to see how differently and imaginatively cartoonists interpret the news.
Then we will have a half-hour break, during which I will display my work.
In the final hour and a half, after our break, we will plan and discuss and draw our own political cartoons. The second half of the workshop will be practical. Where members of the workshop are unsure of their drawing, I will help execute their ideas. We will also write jokes and punchlines together, exploring principles of joke-writing.