Visual storytelling at the Charles Dickens Museum
Apr
20
6:30 pm18:30

Visual storytelling at the Charles Dickens Museum

  • Charles Dickens Museum
There is no writer, in my opinion, who is so much a painter and a black-and-white artist as Dickens. His figures are resurrections.
—  Vincent van Gogh, 1883

Dickens was a master in conjuring word-pictures to give shape and power to ideas. He also commissioned some of the best illustrations in literary fiction. How might the rest of us learn from him to communicate better through images?

Scriberia is an internationally celebrated studio of animators, illustrators and storytellers. Like Dickens, they are masters of metaphor, caricature and visual storytelling. And, in this workshop, they aim to share some of their secrets of using these methods to create pictures that get to the heart of any matter. 

Scriberia made the illustration above. But you don’t have to be good at drawing to take part. If you’re a writer who draws to develop characters and locations, a budding cartoonist in need of the images to match your ideas, or if you’re just someone looking to give your Powerpoint presentations a creative lift, this session will help you bridge the gap between words and pictures. You just need to be prepared to pick up a pencil and have a go.

We’ll be learning to use the visual alphabet, distilling the essence of favourite stories in book cover designs and turning the plots of famous novels into engaging infographics. So join us for a challenging and fun-filled workshop designed for any adult with something to say – and who wants to say it well in the age of visual communication.  

This event is part of the Charles Dickens Museum's programme for the special exhibition The Ladybird Life of Dickens: An Illustrated Adventure.

Book your ticket here.

Less is more: the art of simplicity
May
5
10:00 am10:00

Less is more: the art of simplicity

  • Scriberia Ltd

The British graphic designer, Abram Games, famous for his wartime posters, worked by the motto, ‘maximum meaning, minimum means’. Taking inspiration from some of the great visual thinkers - from graphic designers, like Games, to cartoonists, fine artists and animators - this workshop is an introduction to the art of keeping it beautifully simple.

You’ll see how the discipline of drawing hones your instinct for picking out the most important information and forces you to make choices about what to leave out.

You’ll explore techniques for breaking down rich and complex subjects and stories, in order to organise and prioritise the information within them in a way that suits your needs.

And you’ll learn how combining visual elements in witty and unexpected ways can be the key to communicating ideas memorably, engagingly and economically.

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

This workshop is not designed for people who are confident at drawing (though it doesn’t exclude them), and its objective is not to turn attendees into more technically accomplished artists (though their skills will probably improve). The aim is simply to use drawing as a way of thinking. Figuring out how to turn something into a picture provides a unique opportunity to look at it afresh and analyse what really matters. In an era of time poverty and short attention spans, the ability to present information in a way that is simple, engaging and true to its source is highly valuable regardless of the field you work in.

We hope to convince you of the power of pictures as a tool for problem solving and idea development. But even if you never pick up a pencil and draw again, you can still apply the principles of visual thinking to the way you process, organise and communicate information. By honing your instinct for elegant economy, this workshop will help make ideas leaner, presentations smarter and communications more succinct.


Visual notetaking
Mar
17
10:00 am10:00

Visual notetaking

Research shows that drawing while listening improves focus, helps us grasp new concepts and aids information retention. With a few simple techniques and a little structure, thoose doodles can also become valuable, shareable artefacts in their own right. Kick start your visual notetaking habit with our great introductory workshop.

The hardworking picture workshop
Mar
10
10:00 am10:00

The hardworking picture workshop

  • Scriberia

Forget works of art, make art that works! Some of the greatest inventions and ideas of all time have started life as a humble sketch or doodle.

Bringing to the table years of experience as scribes, graphic facilitators and creative problem solvers, the Scriberia team will introduce you to tips and techniques to empower you as a visual thinker and communicator.

This workshop is substance over style. It's about giving you creative confidence and creative independence. We won't teach you how to draw beautifully, but we will show you how to build your own visual vocabulary, organise complex information and draw something fantastically useful, wherever you work and whatever you do.

You don’t need to be an artist to master the basics of a visual vocabulary. We’ll start the day developing a repertoire of simple but incredibly hardworking drawings. From there, we’ll show you how to use your new visual vocabulary to solve problems creatively, think strategically, present ideas clearly and persuasively, uncover fresh perspectives, collaborate with others, and engage with your audience.

So, join us for an exhilarating day of doodling, and be amazed by what you can achieve.

You can expect to:

  • Build a basic visual vocabulary

  • Improve your drawing and design skills

  • Organise and simplify complex information

  • Learn lessons from the best visual communicators

  • Use pictures as a problem-solving tool

  • Develop techniques for capturing ideas visually

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and all attendees will receive a workbook which documents all of the day's key learnings. For education and non-profit discounts, please send us an email.

The hardworking picture workshop
Nov
25
4:30 pm16:30

The hardworking picture workshop

Forget works of art, make art that works! Some of the greatest inventions and ideas of all time have started life as a humble sketch or doodle.

Bringing to the table years of experience as scribes, graphic facilitators and creative problem solvers, the Scriberia team will introduce you to tips and techniques to empower you as a visual thinker and communicator.

This workshop is substance over style. It's about giving you creative confidence and creative independence. We won't teach you how to draw beautifully, but we will show you how to build your own visual vocabulary, organise complex information and draw something fantastically useful, wherever you work and whatever you do.

You don’t need to be an artist to master the basics of a visual vocabulary. We’ll start the day developing a repertoire of simple but incredibly hardworking drawings. From there, we’ll show you how to use your new visual vocabulary to solve problems creatively, think strategically, present ideas clearly and persuasively, uncover fresh perspectives, collaborate with others, and engage with your audience.

So, join us for an exhilarating day of doodling, and be amazed by what you can achieve.

You can expect to:

  • Build a basic visual vocabulary

  • Improve your drawing and design skills

  • Organise and simplify complex information

  • Learn lessons from the best visual communicators

  • Use pictures as a problem-solving tool

  • Develop techniques for capturing ideas visually

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and all attendees will receive a workbook which documents all of the day's key learnings. For education and non-profit discounts, please send us an email.