- Marek and audience members read aloud from projected comics.
- Group explores specific comics topics/techniques through anecdotes, readings, and audience observations and feedback.
- Includes Q&A, professional techniques, specific curricular topics, &c. as desired
- As above, with specific focus on topics, collections, styles, or locations as desired.
SAMPLE PROGRAM THEMES:
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- Family Comics: 2+ participants per family, children work w/ parents or grandparents in multi-generational groups to create comics based on family stories.
- Local History: Group creates original comics using texts & materials from local historical organizations.
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- Participants draw and share, learning from each other and from brief student-centered responsive demonstrations by Marek.
- Projects can take specific curricular focus (e.g., local history, science of conservation, language arts topics, &c.)
- Assessment & documentation assistance available (via unit design, rubrics, video production & online documentation, &c.)
- We emphasize creative production as a way to explore, reflect upon, and synthesize specific topics.
- To study the work of various artists & recognize key concepts in context, we project art samples on the wall and “perform” them together in dramatic readings (a.k.a. Comics Theatre).
Ideally, workshop programs include:
- 3-5 sessions with each group (1-2 classes, 12-40 students each)
- 1-3+ days between each session, so students have some time (in class or at home) to develop their projects independently
- 1+ whole-group assemblies (by grade levels, as appropriate) to introduce concepts, establish common expectations, & outline topics for our classroom work.
… but of course, we can be flexible to suit your organization’s needs!
Recommended CULMINATING EVENTS:
- Culminating “Publishing Party”
…where 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