I taught a five-day, thirty hour workshop at the École de Communication Visuelle / School of Visual Communicationin Aix-en-Provence last week. The twenty-one students were a mix of second and third year students in their Visual Communications program. We began on Monday with a series of warm up exercises and then launched into their main project of creating a series of posters for a fictive arts festival that takes place in Aix-en-Provence. I challenged the students to develop work that had a singular voice and work with only traditional media. They were a pleasure to work with and were very focused, especially considering that they are not illustration majors. I gave a talk to the school and the week culminated in an exhibition of all the workshops. The students gave me a present of bottles of wine at the end of the week which was very much appreciated.
There were six workshops in total, taught by a group of international designers:
Richard Fussey from the studio "Trapped in Suburbia" in The Hague, Netherlands http://www.trappedinsuburbia.nl/
Gaëlle Alemany from the Estudio Dorian in Barcelona, Spain www.estudiodorian.com
Anaïs Bourdet a french graphic designer based in Marseille http://www.anaisbourdet.fr
Switzerland based A3 Studio http://www.a3studio.ch and
Sylvain Allard from the Canadian UQAM University
Many thanks to Meike Kraus, Directrice and the students of ECV for a great week.