FEATURES of SCHOOL/LIBRARY/MUSEUM RESIDENCIES:

  • Participants draw & share original artwork, learning from each other and from 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.

3-DAY RESIDENCY: Sample Schedule & Topics

BEFORE the RESIDENCY = Preview topics & activities.

DAY 1:

  • Meeting & greeting participants…
  • Everybody does some cartooning.
  • Everybody finds an idea for a project.

INTRO ASSEMBLY:

Marek introduces his work + key concepts + the residency schedule.

Possible WORKSHOP TOPICS:

  • “Finding” ideas by doodling
  • F.A.S.T. = Basic storytelling tools
  • P*I.E. = Tools + creative process
  • Conferencing = Reader feedback!
  • Developing story ideas
  • Comics Formats = Structured spaces that channel creativity!
  • Setting Up = Starting pages, making books, &c.

DAY 2:

  • Classroom visits while students work.
  • Discussions & demos based on student art samples, observations, & questions.
  • Further readings & special topics as desired.

Possible WORKSHOP TOPICS:

  • Editing & improving our comics (proofreading, conferencing, fixing, &c.)
  • Research methods & project management for comics projects in specific curricular subjects
  • Best practices for creating readable, eye-catching, interesting comics.
  • Project management = Keeping track of (& completing) longer projects!
  • Demo projects from Marek’s work & others

DAY 3:

  • As DAY 2 (above), plus…
  • Publishing & sharing student artwork
  • Q&A from published cartoonists (a.k.a. students!)

Possible WORKSHOP TOPICS:

  • Best practices for creating readable, eye-catching, interesting comics.
  • Sharing & publishing multiple pages of comics in various formats (mini-comics, anthologies, graphic novels, &c.)
  • Publishing = Cranking out quality mini-comics on deadline (emphasizing teamwork & craftsmanship)!
  • Distribution = Getting your comics out to family, friends, & new readers.
  • “Shop Talk” = careers & creative indie business models.
  • Other topics (according to interests & time!)

CLOSING ASSEMBLY:

Marek reads aloud from participants’ artwork, shares new work, draws w/ audience participation, signs books, &c.

Other 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

AFTER the RESIDENCY = Follow up w/ Marek’s Patreon, live-draws, &c.!


More details about residency activities:

  • INTRO 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 / 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!

SAMPLE RESIDENCY ARCHIVES:

Collections of materials from some recent (virtual) school visits:

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