Virtual COMICS WORKSHOPs offer lots of creative connections & ongoing collaborations


SUMMER 2020 ONLINE CLASSES:

For full listings of workshops, classes, & camps, see the 2020 COMICS CALENDAR →

@www.MarekBennett.com:

Keep drawing all summer long! I’ll be posting weekly online activities & live-draw sessions… INFO COMING SOON! For updates:


To SET UP a Virtual Event:

First CONTACT Marek to set up a date.

Then we’ll get connected on your preferred video conferencing platform…

Find marekbennett on:


VIRTUAL SESSION PARAMETERS:

  • SUGGESTED: Test contact ~1 week before date (in case we need to address any tech issues)
  • 30-60 minutes per class
  • 1-40 students (depending partly on your group, space, & AV tech)

FOR LONGER EVENTS:

If you’re planning a multi-hour or all-day event, I recommend dividing instructional time into several shorter segments, separated by independent (or semi-independent) work time:

  • 30-45 min INTRO session
  • 30-60 min work time (offline OR + live chat/video)
  • 30-45 min UPDATE/FEEDBACK/NEXT STEPS session…

SAMPLE LONG-FORMAT EVENT:
Afternoon Summer Reading Program @ a Public Library!

1pm: INTRO VIDEO SESSION [ZOOM]:

  • Marek greets the group & introduces the day’s activities.
  • Group drawing activity.
  • Feedback & comments
  • Activity + goals for “indie work time”…

1:45-3pm: INDIE WORK TIME

  • Students work at their own pace.
  • Marek = available for Q+A, 1-on-1 & general instruction, etc. via chat and/or via “workalong” video)

3-4pm: GROUP SESSION (Feedback, Extensions, Q&A) [ZOOM]:

  • Check in on activity
  • Reading & feedback for volunteer artists
  • Demo next steps
  • Ideas & resources for further work
  • Announce extension meeting? (see below)

EXTENSION MEETINGS:

With some events, we may be able to include an extension meeting up to a month after the event. This gives students some support for continued independent work, plus further contact & feedback from Marek…

Options include:

  • Pre-meeting reminder: Students have the option to send Marek examples of what they’ve drawn since the main event.
  • ~30 min video meeting: Q&A, feedback on student work, extension activities, updates on Marek’s works in progress, links to further resources, etc.
  • Post-meeting instruction available via Marek’s Patreon.
  • Online gallery of student artwork, w/ resource links & notes from Marek!

WHEN HOSTING …

BEFORE THE EVENT:

You can share COMICS WORKSHOP materials with participants & families in the lead-up weeks. For a full listing of share-ready resources, see:

COMICS WORKSHOP: @HOME & BEYOND >

Current video series include:

These videos will introduce Marek & his work to your participants ahead of time, & help them know what to expect in the workshop.

Also:

  • I can forward printed/printable work samples (for onsite printing/sharing). SEE: Books | Mini-Comics | Videos
  • You can forward some of your work samples (so I know what your group is working on ahead of our session).

For a full list of prep activities, see:

BEFORE YOUR COMICS WORKSHOP →

TOOLS & MATERIALS:

We can draw comics using ANY materials found around the home or classroom. For a list of useful tools & materials to have on hand at the event, see:

Comics Workshop TOOLS & MATERIALS →

(That page also features some links to my suppliers, in case you or your students would like to order your own basic tools.)

At a minimum, please recommend students to gather the “MUST-HAVES”:

AFTER THE EVENT:

In your follow-up emails to students & families, be sure to share my main resource page again:

COMICS WORKSHOP: @HOME & BEYOND →

TUTORIAL VIDEOS:

I can also send topic-specific TUTORIAL videos to underscore & review basic techniques we practiced in class.

SOCIAL MEDIA &c.:

When possible, I like to remind students to follow social media & my Patreon, so we can keep each other updated on our work!

For a full list of post-event resources, see:

AFTER YOUR COMICS WORKSHOP →

EVENT HOSTS:
Join my PATREON for updates on upcoming LIVE SESSIONS, printables, & more!

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