Hand Drawn Mapping Workshops.
I'm experienced in running hand drawn mapping workshops for adults in museums and galleries.

As part of the workshop, students learn:
– how to research the territory with notes and sketches.
– simple gridding up techniques.
– how to use negative space effectively with pattern, illustration or stories.
– how to create decorative compass roses and cartouches.
– how to design personalised feature icons and keys.
– easy to draw but simply elegant hand lettering.
I provide plenty of real and facsimile hand drawn maps and map detail examples for inspiration and by the end, students will have started to produce their own personal map of the area using the skills they have learnt.
I enjoy talking about my illustration process and influences with subjects ranging from ‘how to find inspiration’ to ‘sketchbook practice’ to ‘ historical mapmakers’.

Talks and workshops include:
2021 'Mapping Imaginary Worlds': Online family workshop, The Courtauld (October 2nd 2021)
2021 'Escape from Coronaland': Online Hand Drawn Allegorical Mapping workshop, Brighton Chamber
2019 Hand Drawn Mapping day workshop, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Sussex
2018 Hand Drawn Mapping day workshop, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, Sussex
2018 Hand Drawn Mapping day workshop, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Sussex

2018 Hand Drawn Mapping short workshop, ONCA Gallery, Brighton
2017 Hand Drawn Mapping short workshop, ONCA Gallery, Brighton

2017 'Maps and the Mapmakers behind them', The Catalyst Club, Brighton
2017 'Inspiration', Brighton Illustrators' Group, Brighton
2016 'Sketchbook Practice', Loughborough University
2015 'Inspiration', Talk - Brighton Chamber of Commerce
2010 Reading from 'Little Leap Forward', WOMAD Festival

Recent feedback for talks and workshops:
‘Wow. Thanks for that. Wonderful writing and pics. I love maps and lettering too, and working by hand. You’re an inspiration.’

‘…loved your book and the talk too.’
'Such a treat to spend many hours in good company,  learning new skills and being creative.'
'Had a great day learning how to draw maps with Helen Cann in Eastbourne at Towner Gallery.'
‘I so much enjoyed the course last Friday. And I finished my map! ...Thanks for the inspiration...’
'I really enjoyed her workshop.  It was one of the best days this year...she is such a good, kind, patient teacher and inspiring.'
‘A most inspiring day; you have led me back on to the straight and narrow, or twisty and crooked, of routes and maps and journeys. Thank you.
'I've been working on this map over the past few weeks....It's the first map I've created and was definitely informed by tips and tricks I learnt from Helen Cann during a workshop at ONCA'.
'It was such a fun day - thank you Helen Cann and Ditchling Museum for an excellent workshop'.

Please contact me at contact@helencann.co.uk if you’d like me to give a talk or a workshop.

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