20 – 27 SEPTEMBER 2020
The Pictoplasma Academy Masterclass admits a limited amount of participants selected upon application for a unique 8-day intensive course, supervised by tutors Rilla Alexander and Nathan Jurevicius, and lead by a team of internationally acclaimed artists and professionals, who pass on their skills in insightful lectures and hands-on workshops right across the media spectrum. Under their personal guidance, participants focus on refining their own projects and ideas. Workshops challenge them to bring their creation to various media, understand a diverse range of technics, work out and highlight the visual essence and refine the narrational and conceptual framework.
Essential part of the experience is the lively exchange in the group, with further cultural programmes such as animation screenings and museum excursions. Every day, additional guest lecturers give inspiring incentives to the group and act as additional critics to presentations by participants. These guests not only give input from an artistic angle, but also offer insight on aspects such as copyright, licensing, promotion and production.
6 months after the course, participants present their work in an exclusive Academy group-show as part of the following Pictoplasma Festival in 2019, with constant, ongoing guidance and feed-back on their project’s development.
NEXT DEADLINE TO APPLY: JULY, 2020
8 INTENSE DAYS IN BERLIN WITH THE FOCUS ON DEVELOPING YOUR OWN CHARACTER RELATED PROJECT UNDER PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE DURING DAILY WORKSHOPS, LECTURES, PANELS AND EXCURSIONS!
6 MONTH OF ONGOING, PERSONAL ONLINE MENTORING WHILE FURTHER ACCOMPANYING YOUR PROJECT IN THE LEAD UP TO THE ACADEMY EXHIBITION…
PARTICIPATION IN AN EXCLUSIVE GROUP SHOW INTRODUCING YOUR WORK TO 800+ PROFESSIONAL, INTERNATIONAL ATTENDEES AND THE WIDER FESTIVAL AUDIENCE AT THE FOLLOWING PICTOPLASMA BERLIN CONFERENCE (MAY 2021).
ACADEMY TUTORS & TEACHERS:
FROM SKETCH TO CHARACTER
Author, illustrator, designer and picture book maker Rilla Alexander helps participants re-fine their characters hiding in a pile of pencil lines and work out their main graphical value via expression, posing and silhouette.
A CHARACTER’S CORE
Artist, illustrator, author and toy designer Nathan works with the participants on defining the essence of their characters, while minimising it to the max and preparing it to remain appealingly unique throughout different media, techniques and styles.
Benjamin Van Oost
SCULPTING & VOLUME
Art director, sculptor and spacial artist Benjamin contributes towards the Academy with a hands-on workshop covering the entire production process for limited edition designer toys, art sculptures and multiples.
Philip Hunt / Studio Aka
NARRATION & VISUAL STORYTELLING
Director and Creative Director of London-based STUDIO AKA, Philip helps participants to define their characters’ attributes, adding biography and depth, to enable strong stories and memorable encounters.
CONCEPT & MENTORING
Artist, illustrator and visual philosopher James Jarvis challenges attendees to distill the relevance and meaning of their work and focus on how they can stage their projects to a wider audience in an exhibition at the upcoming Pictoplasma Festival.
daily from 10am—7pm with additional activities, panel discussions, excursions and jam-sessions on some of the evenings
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, BIOGRAPHY, DEPTH & BIBLE
Rilla Alexander & Nathan Jurevicius
Rilla Alexander and Nathan Jurevicius introduce you to concepts on how to refine the visual essence of your characters while exploring their main graphical value. These intense three days will be a back and forth of presentations and drawing exercises, constant individual feedback and group discussions.
DAY 4 + 5
daily from 10am—7pm with additional panel discussions and jam-sessions on some of the evenings
CHARACTER VOLUME, SCULPTURES, MANIFESTATIONS AND ART TOYS
Benjamin van Oost
Under guidance of the exceptionally talented sculptor Benjamin van Oost, you will work on a high-art sculpture of your very own character. Working with cutter and epoxy, you will learn the entire process of how to cast your model for later molding and casting of replicas.
daily from 10am—7pm with additional activities, panel discussions and excursions on some of the evenings
CHARACTER DRIVEN STORY TELLING, ANIMATION AND NARRATION
Philip Hunt / Studio AKA
Phil Hunt throws you in the lion’s cage of story-telling: discuss your storyboard sketches, pitch your concepts and get help to refine your very own narration. The sessions are extended by practical exercises on visual storytelling, and how to set up your characters’ attributes to enable strong stories and memorable encounters.
6 months later…
The Academy Alumni group-show
Academy All-Stars exhibition at Urban Spree
During a 6 month period after the masterclass students are in ongoing contact with the Academy faculty and their personal tutors, receiving regular input and feed-back on their project’s development, until …
… all alumni of the Academy 2019 are invited to present their personal work and projects in an exclusive group-show to an international audience of professionals and fans, as central part of the official Pictoplasma Festival (May 2020).
WORK BY PICTOPLASMA ALUMNI
APPLY FOR THE PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY 2019!
HOW TO APPLY
YOUR APPLICATION SHOULD CONSIST OF 3 PARTS:
#1: a brief CV, including your full legal name, your nationality, your date of birth, your full current address, a URL to your online portfolio or website, and your degree of experience
#2: some reference images of your previous work and general style
#3: some initial sketches, visualisation and words (in English) on the character / character related project you are intending to further develop during the Pictoplasma Academy
Please send all above material as a PDF FILE (screen resolution) via > EMAIL > academy2020(at)pictoplasma(dot)com
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS THE 17TH OF JULY 2020.
All applications will be reviewed by the Academy’s tutors during the last weeks of July. Selected applicants will be notified via Email by the end of the month. The Pictoplasma Academy is scheduled to take place September 21 – 29, 2019.
The fee for the 8 day masterclass is 1.390,00 € (incl. 19% VAT) per participant, which will be invoiced by Pictoplasma during the last week of July, to be paid in full via international bank transfer upon receipt of acceptance and in advance of the course. All needed studio materials for the workshops and a healthy, vegetarian lunch will be provided.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
1. The minimum of participants per Academy course/group is 20 persons.
2. The maximum of participants per Academy course/group is 40 persons.
3. In the event of a cancellation made by Pictoplasma, the participant’s event fee will be fully reimbursed. We will however not be held liable for any claims over and above the reimbursement of the said participant’s event fee, except in cases of intent or gross negligence.
4. In the case of cancellation by a participant, the advance payment will be reimbursed, if we are notified before August 31. In case of later notification we won’t be able to reimburse the payment.
Pictoplasma Academy Campus
The Pictoplasma Academy Masterclass takes place at The EDEN*****, a beautiful ensemble of old Villas and new architecture usually serving as production and rehearsals studios for contemporary dance. It is located in the Pankow district in northern Berlin, and is well connected to the centre by Subway, various buses, streetcars and the city train.
The venue is not only equipped to meet all of the courses, lectures and workshop requirements, but also offers facilities for the daily communal lunch, a great garden with a welcome “campus” feeling and a warm, friendly atmosphere.
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Accommodation is not included. In our experience it is very simple and affordable to find a suitable hotel or rent a shared apartment. if you require help, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Yes, English is the main language. No need to learn German.
Basically, anyone concerned with the creation of characters is eligible, i.e. working as illustrator, animation filmmaker, toy, graphic, game, costume or product designer, as fine, urban or graphic artist – especially if you want to reach out and extend your expertise in any of these fields. While we are open to any levels of education, this is not a foundation course offering basic orientation in these fields. It’s probably ideal if you are at the mid/late stage of your studies, or in the early stage of working life. It is not a prerequisite to have completed any studies.
The Pictoplasma Academy has one clear goal: to help you further develop your personal project based on a character, both in terms of design and concept, and also in terms of production and licensing. We aim to help you clarify your concept, refine your portfolio and develop a presentation of your project, which will be of great help to further communicate and ally with strategic partners.
All material needed for the workshops and jam-sessions will be provided by the Academy. (You can bring along your own computer/laptop and a digital camera/Smartphone, although both is not required). In any case, you might want to pack your own sketch-book, and a reasonable selection of your favorite pens, markers and arts supplies.
A healthy, vegetarian lunch will be served every day before the workshops.
We’re sorry, but unfortunately not. The fee is calculated to cover all running costs, which remain the same even if you leave earlier or arrive late
Pictoplasma is an unique project on contemporary character design and art — abstract figurative entities that create a direct emotional bond with the viewer and have invaded all media over the past decade. The brainchild of Peter Thaler and Lars Denicke is renown for its style-defining book publications, immersive exhibitions, international conferences and festivals and continuously pushes anthropomorphic appeal to new limits. Since its inception in 2004, the annual Pictoplasma Berlin Festival has established itself as the main meeting point for an international audience of visual creators and producers. The event is an unconventional design conference, a forward looking animation film festival, a communal playground for collaborative creation, a surprising tour of gallery exhibitions – and is all about the fun of encountering like minded people. In 2008, Pictoplasma has established a second home in New York in collaboration with Parsons The New School for Design, while further events keep bringing the project from Mexico to Paris and around the globe.
Feel free to ask via EMAIL and we’ll get back to you ASAP!