Roger Mason is a DBS-checked art teacher with a wide range of experience teaching different age groups how to draw cartoons and comic strips. Roger has taught at design agencies, schools and universities across the UK, and is the patron of creativity at his old primary school in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, where he teaches each term.
Roger also teaches at SAE Institute London (3D Animation and Film courses) and the University of Teesside (Concept Art MA). Subjects include life drawing, cartooning, storyboarding and character design.
Workshop participants, at all levels of ability, move quickly into practical work and produce a large amount of art. Pens are preferred to pencils to boost productivity and to shift the focus away from the ‘finished piece’.
Using practical demonstrations, slides of artwork and one-to-one guidance—as well as drawing on his vast professional experience of working to tough deadlines on a variety of concepts—Roger proves that all drawings have value and that everyone can draw.
“A lot of what I do is not about the drawings they make, it’s getting them to think differently.”
— Roger Mason.
Long Sutton County Primary School, Lincolnshire
September 2016 – current
At my old primary school I am incredibly proud to be the official patron of creativity, and visit the school several times a year and teach the pupils drawing skills. They draw lots of comics and characters, often their own but also aligned with whichever topic they are working on at the time, and have lots of fun being freely creative. I am indebted to headteacher Bill Lord.
SAE Institute London
September 2008 – current
I work on the 3D Animation, Game art, VFX and Film courses, teaching cartooning, creative drawing skills, storyboarding, character design and story-telling. Modules that I have designed and taught include Fundamentals of Drawing, Illustration, Character Design, Storyboarding and Life Drawing.
“I learned more about drawing in this class than I did in two years at art school.”
— Eddison Smith, film student at SAE Institute London.
Below is a selection of SAE students’ artwork:
October 2006 – current
Comic book drawing workshops which boost a pupil’s story-telling, drawing and reading skills. Participants create their own characters and use them to tell their own stories. Advice is given on art materials and a career in art.
Schools where I have taught include Pilgrim’s Way, Bermondsey; St Joseph’s, Deptford; Chestnuts, Harringay; Wharncliffe Side, Sheffield; Haberdasher’s Askes’ Boys School, Elstree, and more.“The children really enjoyed your art teaching, as did the teachers.”
— Patricia Chantrey, Headteacher St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Deptford, London.
“Roger’s relationships with pupils are good. He is a friendly, firm and positive adult who relates well to a wide range of children. His teaching is purposeful and he brings a high level of skill and subject knowledge to activities… It has been a pleasure to work with him and I have no hesitation in supporting any work he may seek in a primary school.”
— A C Howe, Headteacher of Whitmore Primary School, Hackney.
Teaching creatives at Samsung Design Europe & Engine Service Design
In-house specialist art classes for the designers working at the above agencies, intended to boost their overall drawing skills and their confidence when drawing for clients. Click here.
“The workshops were expertly facilitated and my team and I really enjoyed the experience. The drawing skills have helped us with our creative process, and Roger’s teaching skills and professionalism are excellent.”
– Malin Andersson, creative UX designer, Samsung Design Europe
University of Teesside
March 2007 – current
I teach drawing techniques, storyboarding and comic art on the creative drawing course in the School of Computing.
“Your relaxed professionalism was a breath of fresh air.”
— Herb Wiersma, senior lecturer at the University of Teesside.
Bureau of Silly Ideas, Brixton
Draw Your Story, two-hour practical cartooning workshop.
“What a fantastic evening at the workshop tonight. [Her family] came out so inspired and motivated. I was surprised not many youngsters took it up. They need to meet real artists and be exposed to various career options available to them. So grateful that Roger shared the stories about setbacks along with success too.”
— Participant’s mother
City Lit, London.
Graphic novel drawing workshops for adults.
21CC, London (BBC educational arm)
2007 – 2011
Various workshops for primary and secondary schools.