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Educational objectives

Image literacy;  supply reading codes of illustrated images and capacity to analyze them. Supply the cultural bases to access the use of contemporary images and stimulus for a constant updating of our conscience using different channels, both digital and paper ones. Recognize the universal language of drawing, get acquainted with it to be able to read it and understand it. Constantly search for project “accomplices”: Literature, Music, Art and  cinema.

Skills acquired 

Practice illustration according to predisposition, graphic synthesis and pictorial-illustrated.  Be able to face different commissions:
Publishing – newspapers, magazines and books
Graphic Design – Advertising and communication

  • Bases to collaborate with institutions for care of exhibitions.
  • Laws on copyright.
  • Language to face illustration professionals on various topics:
  • Illustration in the service of publishing
  • Illustration  with social themes
  • Illustration for design and communication



1) History of contemporary illustration

  • Masters of the 20th century that created the alphabet of images.
  • Masters who adopted painting techniques and others that chose synthesis.
  • Professional Masters and unaware Masters: how much has illustration been influenced by Contemporary Art and how much has it influenced artists in different ways.
  • Contemporary illustrators who inherited from the past and re-invented communication.
  • Synthesis,  gazing and the immediacy of communication.
  • Complete expression and the deliberate unfinished.
  • The disciplines of removing and accepting a result.
  • Different approaches for the same theme.
  • Illustrations that move: lay the foundations for image animation.

2) Imaging techniques and materials:                                                                                                                   Composition and formats.
The pure sign, graphite, Indian ink and pencil.
Colour illustration with ancient techniques for contemporary representation:
Crayons, water colours, acrylic paint and oil paint.
Colour illustration with mixed technique.                                                                                                                         Fittings, digital work and executive presentation.

3) Identify illustrators suitable for the chosen themes:
Prepare written and illustrated cards where the chosen professional may be compared with various contemporary colleagues. Historical reference is identified together with the Masters that inspired him.


Historical Illustration:
Saul Steinberg,
Published by Yale
University Press, 2005
Saul Steinberg,
Riga 24 (autori vari)
Marcos y Marcos, Milano, 2005
Illustrators 51
by Society of Illustrators, 2010
Complete Book of Covers
from the New Yorker.
Baci da New York
Art Spiegelman
Nuages, Milano, 2003

Contemporary Illustration:

Letture sul disegno:
Sul guardare
John Berger
Il Saggiatore,2017
Questione di sguardi.
Sette inviti al vedere
fra storia dell’arte e quotidianità
John Berger
Il Saggiatore, 2015
Sul disegnare
John Berger
Libri Scheiwiller, 2007

Final exam criteria

Presentation of all work carried out during the course of illustration in the form of a bound booklet.
Presentation of a written  and illustrated booklet on the research of one or more illustrators with comparison of themes.

Presentation and discussion of a work chosen among all themes covered during the course.