Get a FREE comics workshop at your school or library!

December 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Blog, Events, Workshops and Events

Okay, so I’m essentially re-posting this from the Kids Read Comics site, but since it involves my teaching work, I thought you might be interested!

My teaching calendar in 2011 is filling up fast, so the sooner you sign up, the better! And if you’re not an educator but live around the Southeast Michigan area (that includes Northern Ohio!), be sure to tell your local library or school about this!

Kids Read Comics has a goal: get kids reading (comics) and get libraries and school involved.  In advance of our two-day Kids Read Comics Celebration in Dearborn last June, we held a contest to see who could promote KRC best at their library and we had some great entries.  This year we want to make it easier for all libraries to get a free program!

If your library would like a free program put on by teaching cartoonist Jerzy Drozd, just do the following:

1. Commit to promoting Kids Read Comics on your library/school website, and in your youth area, and any way you can get the message out about this free event.   For ideas, please check out what Dearborn Heights did to promote KRC 2010!

2. Contact Edith Burney at eburney @ to schedule an event between now and June 15th at your library/school!   Programs are subject to time availability and location.  If travel becomes an issue, Jerzy has successfully led workshops via SKYPE!

You can choose from the following program options:

Draw Dynamic! (9-12 yrs) 1.5 Hours
Explore some of the many tricks in a cartoonist’s bag to make
characters leap off of the page! Join cartoonist Jerzy Drozd in a
hands-on workshop where you’ll create action scenes that will set your
readers aquiver!

Robots vs Monsters! (9-12 yrs) 1.5 Hours
Make an army of robots, an army of monsters, and send them off to
battle for world supremacy! In this hands-on workshop cartoonist Jerzy
Drozd will instruct you on how to design and draw an implacable horde
of robot soldiers, followed by an exercise in using random shapes to
create a maniacal mass of monsters. You’ll then be invited to create a
comic where you’ll decide who wins the battle!

Write With Images (Youth/Teens) 1.5 Hours
Learn how a cartoonist uses drawings, panel size, and crazy sound
effects to immerse their readers in the story! Cartoonist Jerzy Drozd
will lead you in an interactive discussion on some of the fundamental
comics storytelling principles, after which you’ll be invited to
create a short comics story of your own!

Comics: A Pathway to Learning (Adults, Teachers) 2 Hours
As teachers find a variety of uses for comics, graphic novels and
manga in the classroom, they need to understand the complex thinking
and deep skills required to both read and create them. In this
workshop, work with cartoonist Jerzy Drozd to explore the convergence
of literary and artistic disciplines inherent in comics and see how
comics can be a powerful way to build reading comprehension skills,
such as prediction, inference, and fluency.

See Jerzy in action at Ann Arbor District Library’s Comic Book Academy, Week 1.

Comic Book Academy, Week 1 from Jerzy Drozd on Vimeo.

We can’t wait to come to YOUR library or school, and we hope to see YOU at KRC 2011!

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