Friday, November 7, 2014

Workshop: Alaska Art Education Association 2014 Conference

The Alaska Art Education Association has an annual statewide conference that rotates amongst different communities, and it's been five years since Fairbanks hosted one of these gigs. I was honored to be offered a slot to teach a workshop "Comics In The Classroom" - which dovetailed quite nicely with this year's theme, "ThINKing About Art."
There are always opportunities to regularly work with interns, teachers and other literacy organizations on both the local and statewide levels, but this was a particularly wonderful chance to network with actual art educators and hopefully inspire them in turn to utilize this "uniquely engaging" medium in their own classrooms.

I'm posting here a copy of the workshop outline + catalog description that I had the pleasure to conduct: here's also a backlink to a breakdown of the process for a sample 60-minute classroom session here plus a master list of resources here. I think it's a fairly good introduction to the diversity of material that can be customized for classroom usage, and as per my usual caffeinated volcano of enthusiasm I went and took up the entire allotted time just skimming the surface of all the possibilities, from 175 images on screen, a big ol' bag of sample books, and a multitude of examples from former students and classes I've had the good fortune to teach over the years. I can easily get carried away and end up shorting the actual hands-on demo portion of a presentation when there's a few folks who are first being introduced to the breadth + depth of the medium... there's simply so much out there to see and do.

Workshop Outline
1) Show & Tell: Sampler Mix
2) Contemporary + Historical Overview of creators
3) Materials + Character Development
4) Cartoon Jams + Think Before You Ink exercises
5) Gags/Single-Panel Cartoons
6) Editorial/Caricature
7) Comic Strips/Syndication
8) Comic Books/Collaborative Page
9) Children’s Books
10) Storyboards/Animation
11) Commercial Applications
12) Graphic Novels
13) Minicomics + exercise

Selected Bibliography/Resources
“Understanding Comics” + “Making Comics” by Scott McCloud
“Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice” by Ivan Brunetti
“Comics & Sequential Art” + “Graphic Storytelling & Visual Narrative” by Will Eisner
“Drawing Words & Writing Pictures” + “Mastering Comics” by Abel/Madden
“Comics Art” by Paul Gravett
Nickelodeon Magazine

Noel Wien Public Library
The Comic Shop of Fairbanks

The Comics Reporter
Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index
The Comics Journal
The Graphic Classroom
ALA/Young Adult Library Services Assn.

Off The Shelf
Dan Piraro (Bizarro), Hank Ketchum (Dennis The Menace), Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Mark Tatuli (Lio), Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Linda Medley (Castle Waiting), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis*), Craig Thompson (Blankets*, Good-bye, Chunky Rice), David Laskey (Don't Forget This Song), Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Alison Bechdel (Fun Home*), Carl Barks (Donald Duck), Winsor McCay (Little Nemo in Slumberland), J.N. ‘Ding” Darling (editorial), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are).

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