This week I’ll be teaching a 5-day workshop for teens on making comics. How cool is that?! I love working with teenagers because they have so many ideas and are willing to explore new areas and take risks. It was always a bit of a downer for me in college when my fellow art students would complete the requirements of a drawing or a painting, but completely ignore the use of their imagination! Tapping into your imagination is a very real and practical technique that can be used in all walks of life, and I’m excited to share some imaginative landscape with this group of students for the next five days.

Today we’ll be learning the anatomy of a comic, making a four panel auto comic, and talking about what can be done within the comics medium. The goal for today is to amplify our excitement for the medium and to look at it as a system for play. Students will be getting new Moleskine sketchbooks, Micron technical pens, bamboo brushes, and a handful of free mini comics to take home.

I’m not sure if there’s any room left for new students, but if you are interested, contact Higher Ground Learning and let them know you are interested in A Graphic Novel This Way Comes with Jess Smart Smiley (that’s me!).



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