Comics are one of the most powerful tools we have for sharing stories. Ira’s DRAWING COMICS program is filled with colorful visual lessons that invite students into the exciting world of comics and show them the skills needed to create comics that connect readers with their stories.

As a working comic artist, I’ve had a wide array of experiences with the art form. I’ve used comics to tell stories in fiction and non-fiction, as entertainment and educational material. I’ve self-published my own fantasy comics, created educational comics for middle schoolers in the capital region, and recently worked with the European Research Council on a comic about “the internet of things.” You can see all this work on my website: iramarcks.com

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Ira Marcks – Drawing Comics: A Beginner’s Guide to Sequential Art and Story

BOCES ID

2476

For

Middle school, High school

Categories

Creative Writing, Storytelling, Visual Arts

Curriculum

ELA, Storytelling, Visual Arts

Costs

$900.00 for a single full-day program. Multiple day program rates available upon request.
Cost includes a free comic book for each participant about creative careers by Ira.
Art materials will be provided for a small usage fee determined by the size of the program.
Plus travel costs from Troy, NY to your venue. New York Mileage rate is currently .58/mile.

Dates Available

All year.

Program Theme

Comics are one of the most powerful tools we have for sharing stories. Ira’s DRAWING COMICS program is filled with colorful visual lessons that invite students into the exciting world of comics and show them the skills needed to create comics that connect readers with their stories.

As a working comic artist, I’ve had a wide array of experiences with the art form. I’ve used comics to tell stories in fiction and non-fiction, as entertainment and educational material. I’ve self-published my own fantasy comics, created educational comics for middle schoolers in the capital region, and recently worked with the European Research Council on a comic about “the internet of things.” You can see all this work on my website: iramarcks.com

Program Description

Opening presentation: I begin every workshop addressing the question “What makes a good comic?” This leads to a fun slideshow presentation of my experience creating different genres of comics and sharing examples of fiction, non-fiction, and educational comics. I then lead the students into a conversation about their experience with comics.

After my opening presentation, we move into a single or series of class projects. Each project focuses on utilizing one or more of the three main elements of comic art (panel, illustration, and text) and how it contributes to comic storytelling. Each project is accompanied by my colorful, engaging slides, step by step instructions, worksheets and examples to help the students do their best work. The goals of the teachers’ programming and the amount of time I have with the students will determine the arrangement and length of each class project.

Project #1, Cartoon Faces and Expressions: A beginner level project focusing on creating and drawing expressive characters for a comic story. The students will follow a simple step by step process for creating expressive character faces. This is followed by a series of examples of how cartoonists draw emotional expressions. The student will then put their new skills to use and draw a unique character using their own unique traits as a point of reference for drawing a cartoon character.

Project #2a, Comic Jam: A beginner level interactive project focusing on sequential art and collaborative storytelling. Each student will be given a page of blank comic panels and a ‘story primer’ title for their story. Using the story primer, each student will draw the first panel of their story. From there they will pass the comic page to another student who elaborates on the story in panel two. The comic jam is passed again and continues until one panel remains. The students will get back their original comic and be asked to ‘resolve’ the collaborate story in the last panel. After the work is completed I encourage a group discussion about the challenges faced during the different stages of telling a comic story.

Project #2b, Comic Revisions: This more advanced level project elaborates on the comic jam and what it means to create a ‘second draft’ of a story. Each student will get back the comic jam they initiated and be asked to use the world-building, characters and events of the comic jam to create a more refined version of the story. The problem solving and critical thinking surrounding visual storytelling is the focus of this project along with a discussion on what it means to improve on the first draft of a story.

Project 3, Comics and Metaphors: A more advanced level project focusing on the role of metaphor in illustrated storytelling. After a discussion on metaphor and a slideshow of examples of how comic artists use the literary device in their work, each student will draw a two-panel ‘gag style’ comic stip inspired by a popular idiom. The project is an opportunity to introduce students to deeper levels of meaning and communication in comic storytelling.

Project #4, Style and Story: This high school only project focusing on the more technical side of developing the tone of a comic. Before getting to work we will discuss expressing ‘point of view’ using panel framing and how illustration style influences the response of a reader. Working individually each student must create a single page comic based on a simple of actions provided by me. A group critique will follow this project allowing the students to discuss the effectiveness of the visual and narrative choices made by the student.

Phone

(207) 952-2473

Address

28 Eagle Street
Troy NY 12180

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