Illustration Workshop «Buongiorno It’s Playtime»

Aug 31 –
Sep 6 2014

Second edition of the one-week illustration workshop.

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Buongiorno, It’s Playtime Again!

Aug 31 2014

With Johanna Benz (DE), Katrin Stangl (DE), Luke Best (DE), Manuel Marsol (ES), Michael Redmond (UK), Nadine Spengler (CH), Nina Wehrle (CH) and Orphea Heutling (CH/DE), organized by Evelyne Laube.

Buongiorno It‘s Playtime offers a possibility for the artists to get out of their everyday studio and meet other illustrators for a one week period, focused on activities that encourage simple and playful illustration methods. Each artist is invited to give a miniworkshop/exercise (3h) and a lecture (1h). The international selection of participants is intended to allow new ideas from different regions and give the opportunity for exchange and collaborate.

FT-book-reviewPicture by Luke Best

Day 1: “The international nation of Sasso” Workshop with Luke Best

Sep 1 2014

Throughout history flags have been used by communities, tribes, armies, cults, sports clubs, societies and individuals to send signals, show loyalty, to warn,to stake claim to protest and to celebrate. Today at Sasso we will each make a flag design by using pieces of pattern, textures and drawings created by the whole group.

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Harvest season:



Day 2: woodcut-workshop with Katrin Stangl

Sep 2 2014

We create fantastic figures, and print them in two colors using one wooden board. The technique is called „verlorene Form“ – „lost mold/plate“.DSCN1698 DSCN1694 DSCN1635 DSCN1720 DSCN1751 DSCN1732DSCN2501DSCN2499  DSCN2503 DSCN2504

Day 2: Workshop “Genuine Multiverses” with Michael Redmond

Sep 2 2014

It is a workshop that places emphasis on describing and recording. Each mind works differently and processes words differently. The finished outcome would be a series of repeated (yet different) images interpreted by each artist. I will bring a series of reproduction photocopies and by describing the image in a simple way the other members of the group would draw what they hear, this would go round the group with turn taking until all the images have been described. The conclusion will be seen by how each artist has interpreted the descriptive text being read to them and how it has been perceived differently. The work by the group will be genuine descriptive parallel recordings. An alternative series of multiverses, not copies but alternatives. Our table at Sasso will be the wormhole.

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Day 3: Hiking Day: The wind is a great story teller

Sep 3 2014

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Alpe di Neggia – Indemini


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Day 4: “Feel the Tofu” workshop with Johanna Benz

Sep 4 2014

the topic is no surprise.

the instruction sheet is a poem


feel the tofu

cut some foam

the still life resides

in a shoebox




Das Thema ist keine Überraschung.

das Merkblatt ist ein Gedicht


fühlen Sie den Tofu

schneiden etwas Schaum

Das Stillleben wohnt

in einem Schuhkarton


Day 4: Run the accident (or how stains draw better than me)” Workshop with Manuel Marsol

Sep 4 2014


‘If you look upon an old wall covered with dirt, or the odd appearance of some streaked stones, you may discover several things like landscapes, battles, clouds, uncommon attitudes, humorous faces, draperies, etc. Out of this confused mass of objects, the mind will be furnished with an abundance of designs and subjects perfectly new.’ LEONARDO DA VINCI


In this workshop, we are going to play with the randomness.In my work, a stain is always more fresh and original that any other line that could come out from my mind. The idea is to share the different methods and techniques that I normally use to achieve figures and shapes that would be impossible for me to draw consciously. Some examples: mixing materials like wax, plastic paint, oils and acrylics, using drops of paint as a starting point, free collage (fold, burn, tear…) hunting faces in the woods or the soup, etc.


Goya said “Times paints, too”. Miquel Barceló let some termites do this job for a year…Will the illustrator’s bury some of their drawings in the garden? Will they hang them with clothespins somewhere in the woods? Who knows…

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Day 5: “The Wildlife of Vairano” Sketching Workshop with Orphea Heutling

Sep 5 2014


This morning, we are going to draw in the botanical garden of Gambarogno. In this workshop, we will enjoy the nature and everyone will draw as they please.



Day 5: “Cheers the fears” Clay-Workshop with Nina Wehrle

Sep 5 2014

We make schnaps glasses for the International nation of Sasso made of porcelain and engobe. Including the imperfection of handmodeled shapes and a we create a unique crockery for this stonehouse and it’s community. DSCN2202DSCN2220DSCN2217DSCN2211DSCN2210DSCN2240DSCN2273DSCN2306DSCN2326DSCN2345 DSCN2518 DSCN2524 DSCN2545 DSCN2546 DSCN2593 DSCN2578 DSCN2579

Day 6: Stencil-print Workshop with Nadine Spengler

Sep 6 2014

We use linseedoil, paper and a knife to create papercut faces for making stencilprints.



Sep 13 2014

Let the clouds make the drawings instead of you

Put things together that are all dead

You can’t go back

Together we will conquer the sausage

Accidents help, shapes help, wet paper helps. Maybe it’s gonna rain, but that helps

It’s so good. We can take a leash and take the spider for a walk.

Constantly trying to make things harder

Start with observation, filter by your imagination

The ink has no doubts

Moving towards going away

Work on two pictures at the same time

Double cool

Thank you thank you thank you




I would also like to take the opportunity to say thank you to Family Rohner, and to Sasso Residency for making the drawing week possible. Thank you Johanna, Katrin, Luke, Manuel, Michael, Nadine, Nina and Orphea for this inspiring week together. I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks also to Mario for helping with transports and to Nina for assisting. Meet you soon for hobby-schnaps and crazy-golf.