Comics Are Great! 52 – Draw! Draw! Draw!

April 10, 2012 by  
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It’s some fun talk about the effusive joy one finds in a life committed to art and getting others excited about art, as we’re joined by Mark Kistler, legendary host of the PBS series The Secret City Adventures and The Imagination Station. We talk about Mark’s career in teaching kids how to draw and his […]

Absolute Con-Sense

March 16, 2012 by  
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Only a week or so left to sign up for Tyler James’s new online workshop, Absolute Con-Sense! From the workshop description: Comic Conventions can be a great opportunity to sell your products, build your fanbase, and network with your peers. However, when approached the wrong way, they can also be stressful, unprofitable time sinks that […]

Family Comic Jam!

January 10, 2012 by  
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I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be leading a comics workshop for the whole family at the University of Michigan Museum of Art 1-4 pm on January 28! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how a cartoonist uses shape, size and line to write with images. Then each family will divide up into a team […]

Online Comics Workshops

December 21, 2011 by  
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I’m excited to announce that the Lean Into Art workshops store is open! Rob Stenzinger and I have put together 18 different bundles of workshop videos to choose from, ranging from classes on making mini-comics, storytelling theory, illustration, Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials, and even workshops on UI Design and developing videogames from your comic. There’s […]

The Download!

November 11, 2011 by  
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Attention learning enthusiasts! From 11:00 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, November 18, 2011, you can check out a bunch of free workshops at the TorranceLearning Download in Chelsea, MI. I went last year and it was a really fun and informal event with lots of great info for anyone who is interested in learning […]

Fabulous Secrets 05 – Snapshot of Visual Style

September 27, 2011 by  
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When a student demonstrates reluctance to draw certain things, be it hands, architecture, animals, or even difficult viewing angles, I find it’s useful to encourage them with a low-risk (yet content-rich) exercise. This episode’s lesson invites the students to simply go for a walk with a camera and take photos of things that make them […]

Fabulous Secrets 04 – Something to Show for It

September 19, 2011 by  
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I’m about to start a new session of my Graphic Novel Academy series at the Ann Arbor Art Center, and I’m going to try a new experimental lesson plan for this one. My goal is to both give the kids something to show for their time in the class and to provide them with some […]

Fabulous Secrets 02 – Evaluating Students’ Work

July 12, 2011 by  
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Today I share some ways I think about evaluating students’ work in my comics classrooms, how we teachers are a combination of salespeople, entertainers, and instructors, and a strategy I’ve used to drive students to try harder. Links mentioned this episode: I was on NPR last weekend talking about my comics classes I’m on Google […]

Comics Are Great! 15 – SAW

June 30, 2011 by  
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It’s a discussion on teaching comics this week on Comics Are Great, with special guests Rob Stenzinger and Tom Hart! What’s the big deal with comics education? Why not just pursue a traditional art degree? Does a formal education in comics make a difference in a career? We tackle these topics, as well as some […]

Comics Class for Grown-Ups!

May 9, 2011 by  
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I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be leading a comics workshops for adults at the University of Michigan Museum of Art this June! The Ann Arbor Art Center partners with UMMA to lead special workshops for the Ann Arbor area, and my Write With Images workshop was selected for the next round of available […]

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