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Graphic Novels: A Flex Course in Drawing & Digitizing One's Own Comic Book

Learn how to draw various types of cartoons, create a storyboard for a comic book, and digitize your art to create a graphic novel.
Jenny Miller
610 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 20 learners
Class
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
9-13
year olds
1-10
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific

Mon, Jan 9, 2023

Jan 9 – Feb 5, 2023 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time
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Description

Class Experience

Students will learn how to generally Pixlr.com (a free online, COPPA-complian graphic design software similar to Photoshop) to edit their drawings and digitize their comic books, will learn how to draw cartoons in various styles, and will gain a general history of drawn animation and comic books, how film makers use storyboards, and the process of graphic novel production.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts Education and am licensed by the State of Indiana to teach art for grades pre-k through 12.  I have worked as a professional education every year since 2008, have been on Outschool since 2020, and have taught several variations of this specific course as an art project at several certified schools as a licensed art teacher.  
Students will have an entire week for each of the following tasks:
drawing a cartoon character in four styles and learning about the history of drawn animation
creating a storyboard of their comic book while learning about storyboards in cinematography
drawing the panels of their graphic novel as they learn about the history of superhero comics
finalizing their comic book on paper or digitally with Pixlr.com as they learn about the graphic novel production process
 1 file available upon enrollment
8.5x11” or 9x12” white paper (copy paper or sketchbook paper works, not lined paper) #2 wooden pencils and a white plastic eraser (mechanical pencils make scratches in the paper) A black pen or ultra-fine tipped black marker Colored pencils, crayons, and or colored markers (optional) Access to a device with internet and a digital camera
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
After finishing their cartoon styles sketch and creating their story, students will post their sketches and describe their story to the class page to encourage and inspire all participating in the course.  Sketches each week will also be sent to the teacher through Outschool messaging for feedback and any needed help. After completing their comic books, students will post their final digital copies on the class page and participate in an art critique. They will list one thing they liked about one another’s art and one thing they could use in their own comic books.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Pixlr.com is a COPPA-compliant website that features photo editing software like Photoshop which will be used to edit their drawings and make their comic book digital. However, there is no need to download any program or even create an account on the website at all. One simply uploads their image and uses the photo editing software tools to edit that image. Students can choose to use a different software such as Canva, PowerPoint, or Google slides or software on their own devices, but no instructions will be given regarding alternative software programs.

When learning out the history of superhero comics, images of comic covers that feature anti-heroes like Deadpool, Spawn, and Venom will be displayed but with no blood, guns, or graphic imagery.  There will also be comic covers that feature the death of a character with a tombstone on the comic cover.  When learning about storyboards, movie posters and storyboard sketches from various movies, both live action and animated will be shown but none from any movies rated R or higher, and no graphic imagery, blood, or guns will be displayed.  Various comic book/ graphic novel examples such as Dogman and the Wings of Fire series will be shown during the graphic novel production process video but none featuring inappropriate imagery, nor will Captain Underpants be featured.
Pixlr.com will be used to digitally edit drawings and to put all the drawings together on one page and add text and borders in order to create a digital version on the comic books.  

Teacher

Jenny Miller
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
art teacher
610 total reviews
768 completed classes

About Me

Hello, I’m Miss Jenny! I have a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts Education and a teaching license from the state of Indiana.

I’ve been an professional educator since 2008.  In addition to teaching art for grades k-12, I have been a substitute... 
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