Comics, graphic novels, graphic narratives… whatever you call it, combining words, images, and panels on the page is a powerful way to tell all kinds of stories - from autobiography to science fiction, comedy to politics. In this four-session class, students will focus on designing a 2-3 page comic of their own. To guide us we will look at insights from teachers and theorists of comics like Scott McCloud, Jessica Abel, and Matt Madden – and we’ll also look closely at the work of comic artists in different genres, to see what lesson we can learn from their art.
When registering for the course students will be asked to share what kind of story they are interested in working on. Although it may change, these initial ideas will guide what comics we read together. Some possibilities include memoir/autobiography, short fiction, fantasy/sci-fi/speculative fiction, and more!
*** No drawing experience necessary! Graphic storytellers have done great things with stick figures! ***
Instructors: Anna Mudd and Julia Alekseyeva
Suggested age range: 13+
When & where: Mondays at Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain from 10:00-1:00, Apr. 1, 8, 22, and 29, 2019. No class Apr. 15. Spontaneous Celebrations has off-street parking and is wheelchair-accessible. It is located at 45 Danforth Street near the Stony Brook T stop (directions).
Fee: Included in the cost of Arts Mondays if you enroll for the full-day program; otherwise $200. Payment plans available. Fees waived for families with financial need. (Waivers and payment plan information.)