Workshop on Comics - Orijit Sen

July 6 – 11, 2015
10 am to 1 pm between July 6 – 10 and 10 am to 6 pm on July 11

The workshop is designed as an introduction to the diverse practises of visual storytelling, with a focus on Comics as a medium. Participants will be guided through the process of conceptualising and executing a short comics project over the course of the week. They will have the opportunity to explore, among other things, time and space in comics, visual narrative construction and editing, character design, page layout and the use of graphic styles and techniques. A strong interest in drawing, combined with a love for telling and listening to stories are pre-requisites.

Orijit Sen (born 1963) is a graphic artist, cartoonist and designer based in New Delhi, India. He studied graphic design at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. He is one of the founders of People Tree - a collaborative studio and store for artists, designers and craftspeople. Orijit started collecting and drawing comics in his early teens, and has been deeply involved with the development of comics and graphic novels in India. His pioneering work "River of Stories" (Kalpavriksh 1994) is considered by many to be India's first graphic novel. He is a co-founder of the Pao Collective of graphic artists, and a key figure behind the award winning "Pao: The Anthology of Comics#1" (Penguin 2012). 
 Between 2009 and 2011, Orijit conceptualized—and led a team that executed—one of the world’s largest hand-painted murals, installed at the Virasat-e-Khalsa museum in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. Orijit is Mario Miranda Chair visiting professor at Goa University, where he has initiated an experimental arts research project entitled "Mapping Mapusa Market Project" involving students, educationists and artists. Read more >>

The FICA Master Class is a series designed for young artists who are looking to closely engage with an experienced practitioner through a set of workshops that explores his/her practice. These intensive learning modules focus on innovative approaches to diverse mediums and materials. They open up possibilities of conceptualizing and making through the process of research, reading, exploring material/mediums, collaboration and exchange. Each class has been designed around the practice of the artist who conducts the session and provides triggers to young practitioners to experiment and explore. The Master Class series will be held on a monthly basis between May and August 2015. 

The workshops will generally be week-long sessions, with 3-4 hours classes. Classes include both practice and theory. Basic materials for the classes will be provided. Participants will need to bring their own laptops/cameras as required.

The Master Class is part of FICA's larger educational programming. FICA’s educational outreach focuses primarily on two questions – how do we use the art resources that are available in a gallery/museum/library to engage better with the audience; and how can we use art education as an important cultural tool that can extend itself to everyday life? Each programme is thus tailored for a particular audience, developed in collaboration with practicing professionals, and creates a space for exchange and deeper engagement with the subject in hand. Participants are invited to share their work and open themselves to constructive feedback from their peer group. For any queries write to us at