Cartoons and comics are finally getting the recognition they deserve as sophisticated storytelling media, and they make for great workshops with any age group.
I’ve run events at many schools, libraries, museums, and other local organizations, each custom tailored to the participants including any current topics of study as requested by teachers and organizers. They can run from an hour to multiple sessions, depending on the institution’s needs and desired depth of material. My workshops with various branches of the Boston Public Library have been featured prominently on BPL’s home page, which is quite an honor! Some past hosts include:
Headspace/Story Lab, Fremantle, WA
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Molly Ockett Middle School, Fryeburg, ME
Charlotte Hobbs Library, Lovell, ME
Fayerweather Street School, Cambridge, MA
Mother Caroline Academy, Dorchester, MA
Grove Hall Branch Library, Dorchester, MA
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, Jamaica Plain, MA
Mattapan Branch Library, Mattapan, MA
Salem Cyberspace, Salem, MA
While I’ve done many styles of comics workshops, the most popular is to create tiny self-published zines. This one requires minimal supplies, making it easy on the host institution, and the result is a handful of booklets that can be shared with friends. Kids in the Peabody Essex Museum’s Arts Adventures Club held an art fair to celebrate the end of their summer program and shared copies with visitors at the museum, and kids at Headspace presented theirs in Story Lab’s art space where visitors could read their work.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss potentially hosting something!