Sketch @ home: Drawn reportage on the subject of Corona!

Corona has turned our lives upside down. Universities have moved classes to Zoom in no time. We have gotten used to not commuting. We live in our apartments and have taken on social responsibility.

Slowly the number of Corona victims is falling.

No church bells have rung for the victims of Corona, no national mourning has been called up, no measures have been taken to show the extent of the crisis. 

We would like to record here the experiences around Corona. About 100 students will draw their individual reportage of the time with Corona during one week: there will be drawn stories from the parlours all over Switzerland, or stories of imprisoned grandparents in old people’s homes, relatives in Cameroon or Indonesia and how we in Switzerland experienced the stories and thus the history of Corona.

How do you experience this time with Corona?

How are you affected?

How is your family affected?

How has the view from your window changed?

How do you deal with boredom?

How does your little sister learn in Distance Learning?

What crises do the people who live with you go through?

What changes in the environment, sustainability, social life, urban planning, rural exodus, relationships are you concerned with?

These are just a few questions. Add yours: Corona has hit us all and it will change our lives epochally. Suddenly the unimaginable is everyday life. Closed borders with neighbouring countries were still unthinkable in February. But they became a reality. The pictures from Cremona and Bergamo, Milan and all those places will perhaps only have been the first of their kind.

The Swiss Federation demands social distancing. It is difficult for us because the unthinkable must be thought. We lack the patterns of action, the rituals and the feeling because we have no experience. This does not make it easy.

It is a historical moment that we are experiencing. That is reason enough for us to make a drawn, visual reportage of it.

We start from the mini-max approach. Nobody knows what the situation will be like in summer or autumn. Some have booked travel and accommodation and want to go on a trip. For others, it may be unimaginable. Or it is forbidden because of the closed borders.

So the venue for Sketchcity-Week will be free. Geographically free and spatially free. Both the city and the country are now places of work: your apartment is a place of work and the Internet is used for research.


Individual steps of the task:


We draw visual reports on the topic Corona!


  1. Conception of a story on a storyboard template (on Moodle) using small previews.
  2. Writing a short exposé.
  3. Creating first sketches.
  4. Assigning the first sketches according to the storyboard.
  5. Iteration, an adaptation of the concept after the first working experiences.
  6. Main work: Creating sketches. It can be worked by hand on paper. You can also sketch directly with Wacom or Tablet. We use Photoshop, Procreate, Sketchbook from Autodesk and other programs. The lecturers help with conception, execution and colouring of the sketches.
  7. Writing of the treatment.
  8. Layouting of the drawn reportage: Design your drawn reportage as a multi-page A4, no matter how many pages. No further specifications except …the font Arial.
  9. Notes minimal (e.g.):
    Name: Tanja H.
    Canton, place or region: Graubünden or Chur or south-eastern Switzerland.
    Title: not more then 180 characters, plus kead
  10. Writing the texts.
  11. Bringing everything together
  12. Delivery of the multi-page A4 to the upload folder on moodle
  13. Create a short mobile phone movie in which you simply explain and show what your drawn reportage is.*
  14. Upload the multi-page A4 to your University blog
  15. Upload the movie via dropbox link
    (will be uploaded to youtube and then published as not listed here on

In the end, we will have 100 stories about corona in Switzerland, how we deal with the problem, self-distancing, loneliness, elderly people, the sanitary situation itself and last but not least, about what we miss and what we can learn from this new situation.