2021 SUMMER READING PROGRAM (Aligns with CSLP themes)
FOR GRADES: 2-12
GROUP SIZE: 5-25 students
RECOMMENDED TIMING: 1-2 sessions, 45-60 min. each
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 get it out to new readers. Marek will share his own tips and tricks from 25 years of creating graphic novels, including his series of cartoon animal travel adventures & diary comics (Slovakia, Sharjah Sketchbook, etc.)!
ABOUT THE FORMAT:
This program is based around 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
PREP for your COMICS WORKSHOP:
Notes on tools (& ordering links) + preview videos & more.
Get updates + invites + new activities all year long when you …
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:
Ready to print @ 8.5″x11″… // Invite your families to color their own posters!
A note from Marek (to include in pre-event email to program participants):
I’m looking forward to drawing with you at [HOST LIBRARY]‘s online event on [DATE]. Here’s my “BEFORE” prep page: www.marekbennett.com/before …where you’ll find some notes on comics tools, plus some preview videos & other fun stuff.
Here are some basic tools to gather beforehand:
>> a pencil
>> a black inking pen
>> some paper (copier/printer paper is fine)
>> a computer w/ webcam & internet access
Draw with you soon!
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!)
Any of my HOW TO Videos…
(Event-specific video to come…)