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 say "neat!"
We then review the photos in the classroom to discover the sophisticated visual vocabulary they already possess. Once empowered with the knowledge of their expertise, I then challenge them to demonstrate it through a group comics exercise.
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Snapshot of Visual Style (lesson plan PDF)
- Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics
- Gerimi Burleigh
- Matt Feazell's Comics To Screenplay event at the Ann Arbor District Library
- My Hey Comics! workshop at the Brighton District Library
- Dan Mishkin presents Writing Visually at the Ann Arbor District Library
- I'm on Google Plus! Just ask to be in my "teaching" circle
Music for this show is by Eliott Drozd.