2021 SUMMER READING PROGRAM (Aligns with CSLP themes)
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FOR GRADES: 2-12
GROUP SIZE: 5-25 students
RECOMMENDED TIMING: 1-2 sessions, 45-60 min. each (FLEXIBLE = We can suit your schedule & needs!)
FORMATS: Zoom / FB Live / YouTube / other
Join NH cartoonist Marek Bennett’s COMICS WORKSHOP on a quest to create wild new comics that ONLY YOU can draw…
Using blank paper, pencils, ink, and four basic “storytelling elements,” we’ll design original animal cartoon characters with their own personalities, powers, & points of view — Then we’ll learn how to create mini-comics featuring their stories!
We’ll also look at how artists and authors use peer feedback to improve their work and share their stories with new readers. Marek will share his own tips and tricks from years of creating graphic novels, including his series of real-life (cartoon animal) travel adventures, including Slovakia & Sharjah Sketchbook!
ABOUT THE FORMAT:
This program focuses on active group drawing time, with participants each creating 1+ pages of original comics under Marek’s guidance. The event may also include the creation of an online gallery of student artwork and/or printable materials featuring student-designed characters.
Marek’s popular interactive COMICS WORKSHOPS build literacy skills, hone powers of imagination, model complex project organization and self-publishing techniques, and help artists of all ages collaborate, appreciate, & support the work of their peers. COMICS WORKSHOP aims to give you the skills necessary to continue creating comics independently all summer long!
No experience required – everyone can draw comics! www.MarekBennett.com
POSTERS & PROMO GRAPHICS:
Click on each image to view the full-size file. Remember to add in your event info, or ask Marek for an event-specific version…
Print & fill in event info in blank spaces:
B&W Printable Coloring Pages:
COMING SPRING 2021: Ready to print @ 8.5″x11″…
Invite your families to color their own posters!
Feel free to share these links & related materials with participants ahead of your event:
Notes on tools (& ordering links) + preview videos & more.
Get updates + invites + new activities all year long when you …
SUMMER 2021 WELCOME VIDEO
(COMING Spring 2021)
PREP NOTE & MATERIALS:
Here’s a note from Marek, to include in pre-event emails to program participants:
Hi there! I’m looking forward to drawing with you at [HOST LIBRARY]‘s online event on [DATE]. To help you get ready, here’s my “BEFORE” prep page:
…where you’ll find some notes on comics tools, plus preview videos & other fun stuff.
Here are some basic tools I recommend you have ready for our event:
(1) a PENCIL
(2) some PAPER (copier/printer paper is fine)
(3) a black inking PEN
(4) a computer w/ webcam & internet access…
I’ll draw with you soon! ~ Marek
Other media to include (click to view full size & download):
Marek’s COMICS WORKSHOP TOOLS page*:
Marek’s MUST-HAVE Tools* graphic:
Marek’s NICE-TO-HAVE Tools* graphic:
*(Specify: We need only the MUST-HAVEs for this event!)