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In The Classroom - Spring Break!

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In The Classroom - Spring Break!

Cathy G. Johnson

Every Spring Break I get to teach a one-day workshop with students ages 6-13. This community center time is a great opportunity for students to explore creativity outside of school hours. We focus on the joys of cartooning, and everyone leaves the class with finished collaborative projects, their own comic stories, and lots of ideas for the future! -Cathy G.

 Students playing a favorite drawing game borrowed from the Providence Comics Consortium workbook, "Food Chain!"

Students playing a favorite drawing game borrowed from the Providence Comics Consortium workbook, "Food Chain!"

 A teen student carefully inks and colors her comic, which is a social commentary on beauty standards.

A teen student carefully inks and colors her comic, which is a social commentary on beauty standards.

 Students use their sketchbooks and worksheets to prep for their final stories.

Students use their sketchbooks and worksheets to prep for their final stories.

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I wanted to finish this blog post with this awesome two-page story by a young student (click the images to view larger!). Here are some questions to mull over when reading other people's art:

  1. What are the visual elements of this story? (colors, characters, environment)
  2. What are the words used alongside the visuals? How do the words add to the story?
  3. What are the emotions of this story? Is there one mood, or does the mood change?
  4. What do you see when you absorb all these elements together? (visuals + words + mood)