FEATURES of SCHOOL/LIBRARY/MUSEUM RESIDENCIES:marek-bennett-and-kids-020

  • Participants draw & share original artwork, learning from each other and from brief student-centered responsive demonstrations by Marek.
  • Projects often make specific CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS (e.g.: history / science / language arts / &c.)
  • Assessment & documentation assistance available (via unit design, rubrics, video production, online showcasing, &c.)
  • Marek emphasizes creative production as a way to explore, reflect upon, & synthesize topics of study.

Sample Schedule & Topics (3-DAY):

  • DAY 1:
    • INTRO ASSEMBLY: Marek introduces his work / key concepts / the residency schedule.
    • DAY 1 WORKSHOPS:
      • “Finding” ideas using basic storytelling tools
      • Developing our ideas into 3+ panels (1-2 pages of comics)
  • DAY 2:
    • DAY 2 WORKSHOPS:
      • Editing & improving our comics (proofreading, soliciting feedback, peer conferences, &c.)
      • Research methods & project management for comics projects in specific curricular subjects
  • DAY 3:
    • DAY 3 WORKSHOPS:
      • Best practices for creating readable, eye-catching, interesting comics.
      •  Sharing & publishing multiple pages of comics in various formats (mini-comics, anthologies, graphic novels, &c.)
      • Other topics (according to interests & time)
    • CLOSING ASSEMBLY: Marek reads aloud from participants’ artwork.

More details about activities:

  • OPENING ASSEMBLY:
    [20-60 minutes] [usually in auditorium / library / gym / cafeteria / other large space]
    Whole group assembly to introduce Marek, some of his artwork, basic concepts & guidelines for the residency, and the overall schedule.
    (digital projector required)
  • WORKSHOPS: 
    [30-90 minutes per session] [1-2 classes, 12-40 students each] [in classrooms, or in art room / library / other central location]
    Recommended = 3-5 sessions with each group.
  • INDEPENDENT WORK TIME:
    Ideally, students will have some time (in class or at home) to develop their projects independently between our workshop sessions.  If the schedule allows a couple days between sessions for any given class, that’s great too.
  • CLOSING ASSEMBLY:
    [30-60 minutes] [same place as opening assembly]  (digital projector required)
    1+ assemblies (whole group, or by grade levels / grouped as appropriate) to highlight artwork by participants (finished comics or works in progress)!

Of course, COMICS WORKSHOP can always adjust the residency plan to suit the host’s needs!

Recommended CULMINATING EVENTS:

  • Culminating “Publishing Party”

    Artists collaborate to fold+staple+cut enough copies of their original mini-comics to share with the entire group.
  • ** Culminating “COMICS CONVENTION” ** 
     
    = Artists present their work at a dedicated event (30-45 minutes) where fellow students (and/or teachers, families, friends, community members, etc.) can obtain free autographed copies of the mini-comics produced during the workshop.
  • Public display space

    (bulletin board, wall space, etc.) where students can share their pages