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With Michael Fleishman
Grades 4 to 6; 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Grades 7 to 9; 5:15 to 6:15 PM
Minimum 4/Maximum 10
Wednesdays, March 9, 16, 23 and 30
Week 1, Monstrous Art
Introduction and discussion of comics, both comic strips and comic books, Discussion of portraits and self-portraits versus likeness; comic style versus realistic approach and stylization. Introduction to various themes, genres and characters. Discussion of your favorite comic character/hero. Drawing: Creating and drawing your hero and cast of characters.
Week 2, Inside Job
How the interior pages tell the story and convey your comic’s concept. How your panel layouts support and bolster your comic strip’s concept. Discussion of panel layouts, character and character development. Continued discussion of portraits and self-portrait versus likeness; comic style versus realistic approach and stylization. Discussion of your story and how you tell it on the interior pages of series of comic strips.
Week 3, Cover Me
Discussion of covers and splash pages. How your cover tells the story (conveys the concept.) Reinforce ongoing discussion of character development. Discussion of what your comic’s character is doing and saying on your cover. Creating, drawing and coloring your cover.
Week 4, Go For It!
Continued discussion of interior pages, panel layouts, concept, character and character development, style, story and world building. Drawing and creating your comic book or comic strip. Class display and review of completed works to date.
About Michael Fleishman
Michael Fleishman has always enjoyed dual passions—the doing and teaching of art. Earning his BS in Art Education and an MA in Fine Arts (painting and drawing)—both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He loves to teach art, and has worked with every age level from preschoolers to senior citizens. He recently retired from a 30-year college teaching career.
Fleishman is also smack dab in the middle of a flourishing writing career. “My writing is the direct offspring of my illustration career. I wouldn’t have predicted that I’d be a writer, but here I am, eight books later.”
Allworth Press will publish Starting Your Career As An Illustrator, Fleishman’s latest, in 2016. In years past, Fleishman was a contributing editor at The Artist’s Magazine; a featured presenter at DesignWorld (How’s annual Design conference); speaker at ICON4; and a member of the Board of Directors for ICON6, the annual Illustration Conference.
Fleishman relocated to Milford from Yellow Springs, Ohio in 2015 in order to be closer to family in Pennsylvania and New York.