"At the Currier, comics aren't just for kids" (Manchester Daily Express)

DSCN2040.JPGThursday’s Manchester Daily Express ran a profile of the Currier Art Center’s Family Comics Workshops.  (See page 4 of the February 28 weekly issue!)

[Read the original February 16 Family Comics Workshop post]


Comics Workshop: Deerfield Academy

Deerfield Academy hosted today’s Comics Workshop in beautiful “Historic Deerfield”!

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Norman Rockwell Museum – Day 5

THEME: Expression

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On this final day of the week-long series, we looked at some examples of expression, exaggeration, and caricature in our cartooning work. Read the rest of this entry »


Norman Rockwell Museum – Day 4

THEME: Facing Your Problems

The fourth day in this weeklong series brought our characters to life in issues-based comics!

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Norman Rockwell Museum – Day 3

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THEME: Sequence

On day three of this workshop series, we looked at the importance of sequence in comics.

  1. We read through some of Marek’s comics, including an excerpt from “Today’s the Day”
  2. Then we created quick sets of characters, and performed a brief musical interlude to help fix our characters in our imaginations. Read the rest of this entry »

Norman Rockwell Museum – Day 2

THEME: The Importance of Place

The second day of this week-long series at the Norman Rockwell Museum focused on three things: Location, Location, and Location!

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Norman Rockwell Museum – Day 1

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THEME: Characters

For the first day of this week-long workshop series at the Norman Rockwell Museum, we focused on characters. 

  1. Each artist generated a series of blob characters, learning to portray vital character traits with pencil and ink.  Read the rest of this entry »

Comics Workshop: Family Comics

On this bright and chilly Saturday afternoon, Manchester area families gathered at the Currier Art Center to plan, draw, and publish their own original comic books.

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Make Your Own Character on Sunday Morning

Objectives:

  • Learn how your favorite professional artists draw
  • Create your own character from found body parts (cartoons, of course!)

Here’s how Andrew Wales teaches his elementary-age students to observe and explore the Sunday comics pages in their local newspaper: Read the rest of this entry »


Introduction to Comics Education

by Marek Bennett

07his_03.jpgWhat is Comics Education?

Why should we bring comics into our classrooms?

How can teachers and students best harness the prodigious powers of this exciting medium?

Not so long ago, these questions would have sounded ludicrous, laughable, and nonsensical. “Comics? Education?” we might have snickered, “Isn’t that an oxymoron?”

Those days are long gone, folks. Read the rest of this entry »


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