ARTS 095 Cartooning WorkshopInstructor: Glynnis Fawkesafawkes@uvm.eduWilliams 305Course Description
Cartooning workshop is an intensive exploration of the many aspects of composing,drawing, inking, and publishing cartoons, comics, and graphic narrative. Experience indrawing is not necessary—this course emphasizes visual clarity and “writing withpictures” as a creative mean self-expression. We begin with single-panel gag-cartoons(
style) and build to three- or four-panel strips, single tabloid pages, to multi-page story. In-class exercises and homework focus on the building blocks of comics:drawing, composition, layout, design, narrative structure, inking, and lettering skills,including basic instruction in perspective and figure drawing. We will explore a varietyof media that can be used to create comics. For the final project students will create theirown published mini-comic from thumbnail sketches through scanning, Photoshop editing(with an in-class tutorial), layout, and printing. Discussion and analysis of past andcurrent comic artists and genres (including web comics) and on-going critiques of studentwork will provide insight and inspiration. This course loosely follows School of VisualArts instructors Abel and Madden’s
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures
as well as the
curriculum at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT.
Attendance 25%In-Class Exercises and Homework 50%Comic Book Report: 5%Final Project mini-comic: 20%
Attendance required at every class meeting. Missing three classes will result in lowered letter grade.
Homework will be due for critique at the start of each class. Late work will loose points for each day late.Headphones are not allowed in class. Cell phones must be off.
UVM bookstore will stock most of these things, but alsoBlack Horse Fine Art Supply (http://www.black-horse.com/Default.php)277 Pine Street, 1B (just North of Curtis Lumber's parking lot) 860-4972 Boutilliers (194 College St, Burlington, 864-5475),Artists’ Mediums (300 Cornerstone Dr, Williston, 879-236),For drawing: 9” x 12” sketch pad with removable sheetsoffice paperpack of white index cards11” x 14” smooth surface plate BristolPencils—2B & HB orMechanical pencils— 0.5 or 0.7 with lots of HB graphiteErasers: white and/or kneaded and a click eraser ‘pen’