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Fun news! I’ll be teaching comics and cartooning in a series of workshops and classes at the >Hopkinton Center for the Arts in central Massachusetts, starting next Saturday, the 16th! Here’s a run-down (please sign up your favorite youngun’!)

Nov. 16, 2-5pm, Making Comics! For grades 4-8
Nov. 30, 2-5pm, Making Comics! For grades 9-12
The low-down: Comic books, manga, and comic strips are all about telling stories with words and pictures. Get a crash course in inventing fun characters, how comic panels work, and the tricks you can play with them. We’ll learn about how to spin an exciting tale and the basics of drawing people, monsters, heroes and villains with simple shapes and lines, and you’ll make a mini-comic of your own! (The older grades will get a similar program with a bit more sophistication on storytelling and character.)

Dec. 5 through Jan. 23, Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm, Cartooning & Comics, For grades 4-8
Come learn how to put the exciting ideas in your head on paper. We’ll start with how to draw fun cartoon characters and the worlds they live in using techniques like building figures up out of basic shapes, and making drawings that look 3D with foreshortening and simple perspective tricks. We’ll explore what makes a great character design by looking at how our favorite characters are made, and we’ll learn how to create mood and emotion with facial expressions and body language. At the close of the class, we’ll dip into telling stories with pictures by making comic strips and a mini-comic book.

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