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Comics and Graphic Novels—On-Campus (Ages 10-13)

This course guides students through the process of bringing illustrations to the next level by creating unique comics and graphic novels. Emphasis is placed on storytelling, introducing students to character development, plot structure, scripting, and storyboarding. Skills in pencilling, inking, coloring, space, and perspective are introduced through the use of a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional media, which may include colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, digitally edited drawings, and/or handmade zines. Artist presentations, trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, and visits to downtown Chicago's vast array of public art provide inspiration and drawing practice as an entry into the basics of comic narrative and stylization. *Basic drawing skills are helpful, but not required. All levels welcome!

"Great teacher –– kind, supportive, explains concepts well, good control of class. Great concepts taught –– especially 'movement/figure drawing', good introduction to different styles of art."

– Parent of student in Comics and Graphic Novels, Fall 2020

Meet the instructor Alex Dahm!

Registration Deadline: Friday, September 24 at 1 p.m. CT

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Comic and Graphic Novels
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Class meeting time 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Class meeting days Saturday
Building and room 280 Building Rm 120
Course number 2438
Course instructor Alex Dahm