In a couple of weeks I'll be wrapping up my first full year at PNCA teaching in Illustration Department! After a short break, it'll be back in front of the classroom changing gears for younger students at OCAC's excellent summer program.
Like the last two years, I will be teaching both Pre-College classes and YA (Middle school) classes. The YA classes are all comics, but there is a really great selection of classes at the Pre-College level. They are mostly focused on visual storytelling, but there's a brand new class I'm offering this year focused on developing good habits and creativity in your sketchbook. I'm really excited!
Anyhow, here is a breakdown of my summer schedule, with links to the registration site on the OCAC website:
Crafting Comics: Comics Fundamentals
This introductory course will cover the basic fundamentals of crafting comics. Students will learn to use a variety of tools to combine concept, drawing, design, typography, and basic storytelling tools to craft a cohesive visual narrative. The class will culminate with the creation of a 2-4 page story by each student that will be combined and published in a class anthology.
YA Comics (with Ceramics)
The YA classes are split between two focuses. The students will spend part of the day doing comics and the other half doing Ceramics.
Note: As of May 8th, this class is full.
Comics: World Building: Character and Environments
July 6th-July 10th
This course will help students develop and strengthen their characters and the worlds that they inhabit. Examples from comics, video games, film and television will be included in lectures. Through exercises and projects that involve research, observational drawing, and idea generation students will learn how to create solid foundations for their characters and worlds, no matter what type of work they plan to place them in. Students will publish a mini-portfolio of their work at the end of the class.
YA Comics (with Woodworking)
The YA classes are split between two focuses. The students will spend part of the day doing comics and the other half doing Woodworking.
Comics: Creating Graphic Novels
This class is for students who have experience creating comics and are interested in creating longer, graphic novel sized work. Students will explore different techniques and approaches to developing longer stories and tackling the different problems that arise when creating longer format work. Focus will be on the process including writing, thumb-nailing, pacing, character and story development, as well as the editing process. Students will publish proposal packets of their work at the end of the class.
Comics: Storyboarding Basics *NEW*
Although sharing the same foundation as comics as a form of visual storytelling, storyboarding has another language unto itself. This introductory course will cover basic storyboard techniques for time-based media such as film and animation. After learning the basic language of storyboarding, students will study examples, and then write their own short scripts and create storyboards for them. Emphasis will be on quality of story as well as clear, concise storytelling.
Sketchbook Intensive *NEW*
The sketchbook is one of the most vital tools for any artist. It serves as a journal, a place to work out visual problems, a place to experiment techniques, and practice your skills. This course will serve as a pathway to developing one’s visual voice as well as good creative habits. Students will be working on dozens of smaller projects and exercises throughout the week in our sketchbooks that will spur idea generation, strengthen drawing skills, allow experimentation, and help develop one’s visual voice as well as good creative habits. The goal will be trying to fill a whole sketchbook over the course of the week!
YA Comics (with Painting)
The YA classes are split between two focuses. The students will spend part of the day doing comics and the other half doing Painting.
It's going to be a great summer! If you have any questions about the classes or anything, please drop me a line - firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the form on this website.
I'm really going to try to be better about updating this blog. There's actually a lot of stuff going on, and I'm going to be playing catch up the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!