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Teaching

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 at creative agencies, schools and universities across the UK.

As a lecturer Roger works at SAE Institute London, the University of Teesside, and at schools across the country, teaching cartooning, storyboarding and drawing up to masters level.

Workshop participants move quickly into practical drawing and produce a large body of their own work. Pens are preferred to pencils to boost productivity and 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 everyone can draw.

EXPERIENCE

SAE Institute London
September 2008 – current

SAE 3D animation student Ghadah Said’s monster creation.

I work on the 3D Animation, Game art, VFX and Film courses, teaching cartooning, creative drawing skills, storyboarding, character design and story-telling. 12-week modules that I have created 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.

Schools
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.
As of Summer 2016 I am Long Sutton County Primary School’s ‘patron of creativity’ and regularly visit the Lincolnshire school to develop the childrens’ drawing and story-telling skills, as well hopefully to inspire them to pursue a career in the arts.
Schools where I have worked 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.

External member of the University of Teesside approval panel for MA Concept Art November 2009, invited in my capacity as a practitioner; the MA was approved and is running.

“Your relaxed professionalism was a breath of fresh air” — Herb Wiersma, senior lecturer at the University of Teesside.

 

City Lit, London. December 2011
Graphic novel drawing workshops for adults.


21cc (part of the BBC), visiting lecturer.

October 2007 – current
One-day practical workshops for visiting primary and secondary schools on storyboarding, cartooning and comic art.

Childrens' artwork from the New Cross Library workshop 2016
Childrens’ artwork from a workshop at New Cross Learning.
Character design by a workshop attendee at Samsung Design Europe.
The Art of Storyboarding workshop, Watersprite Film Festival, Cambridge 2016
The Art of Storyboarding workshop, led by Roger at the Watersprite Film Festival, Cambridge 2016.
The Art of Storyboarding workshop, led by Roger at the Watersprite Film Festival, Cambridge 2016.