Jesus Cisneros in seinem Atelier

Workshop mit Jesus Cisneros

Juli 2023

Garden and Forest

Chance and control in drawing

Garden and forest have a long tradition as subjects of representation in visual arts. We will approach its deep meaning and its symbolic potential. We will study, throughout a series of exercises, the balances and tensions between intuition and reason, always present in drawing. We will work with techniques, some based on water and others on oil, that result in processes where chance is an important element. We will draw in a more conscious way, accepting and better understanding the interplay between ink or pigment, paper and our own gesture.

Date: 6.-8. July, exact location in Freiburg tba

Thursday/Friday: 9.30 – 12:30, 13.30 – 17.30
Saturday: 9.30 – 12.30

Languages: English/ Spanish

Costs: 80€ illu-members & students / 120€ regular (to get the discount on eventbrite, please add code “Reduced” in the chekcout process.)

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Jesus Cisneros in seinem Atelier

Jesús Cisneros (Zaragoza, 1969) studied art history and illustration. He has published books in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Italy, France and the United Kingdom. He taught illustration at the Center for Design, Cinema and Television and at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, both in Mexico City. Since 2016 gives courses at the Štĕpán Zavřel Foundation, in Sàrmede, Italy. He has also run workshops in Germany, Korea, Spain, France, Greece, Mexico, Portugal, Russia and Thailand. He has had individual exhibitions in Mexico City, Seoul, Marseille, Porto and Zaragoza. Lazarillo Award for Illustration. Special mention at the Ilustrarte illustration biennial, Lisbon. I Colori del Sacro Award, Padua. Selected three times for the illustrators’ exhibition at the Bologna Book Fair. He currently lives in Zaragoza.

Montserrat Mendía

Montserrat Mendia (Mexico City, 1976) studied Hispanic literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has collaborated for various Mexican institutions and publishing groups such as the Fondo de Cultura Económica, Editorial Santillana and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. At Castillo-Macmillan she worked as manager of Children’s and YA literature for six years. She has created series of literature for children addressed to all reading stages, and some of the editions she has worked on have obtained significant recognition in various countries. She has taught editing workshops and participates in the curatorship of Jesús Cisneros’ illustration courses and workshops.

Materials needed

– Graphite pencil 2B-4B, Charcoal pencil, Conté pencil

– Chinese ink

– Oil pastels

– Water paint (gouache or watercolor)

– Oil paint (3 tubes)

– Poppy seed oil or linseed oil

– Brushes

– Paper A-4, 120 gr. (30 sheets)

– Silk paper

– Cutter