A Visual Arts & English Interdisciplinary Course
Instructors: Art - Christopher M. Strickland & English - Andrew Chase
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"If Shakespeare and Michelangelo were alive today, and if they decided to collaborate on a comic, Shakespeare would write the script and Michelangelo would draw it. How could anybody say that this wouldn't be as worthwhile an artform as anything on earth?"
- Stan Lee
"Today, comics is one of the very few forms of mass communication in which individual voices still have a chance to be heard."
- Scott McCLoud
"The cartoon art form — the art of treating an image impressionistically — will not fade. It will keep growing in popularity, because a cartoon is able to convey an idea as an image, and images are the means of communication that are proliferating."
- Will Eisner
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This course is an in depth exploration and examination of the integrative process of designing a comic bookas a literary and visual work of art. This course occurs in a collaborative learning community where theinstructors facilitate active, constructive, art and language arts-based experiences to promote positive attitudestoward reading, personal expression, and life-long learning. Students in the Graphic Storytelling course willexplore the comics’ medium as a mode of communicating story using the various texts and art styles as a wayto acquire, practice, and master traditional and new literacies, including visual and critical media literacy.Through genre study, students will consider graphic novels as literature, analyze formal structure as it relatesto content, trace the development of theme including gender, race, identity, justice, existentialism andheroism, and research the history and growth of the popular culture phenomenon called comics. Students willlook closely at the special effects created in sequential art narrative and further appreciate the medium byconstructing a variety of graphic narratives both independently and collaboratively.
DHS Graphic Stroytelling_ Syllabus_Strickland_1617.docx
Course Information Sheet Graphic Storytelling (1).docx
Comic Book / Graphic Novel Vendors:
Locally (Rochester, NH) - http://www.jetpackcomics.com/
Online - http://www.mycomicshop.com/