Poetry Comics: Haiku Winter with David Lasky
This is a poetry comics class for winter, when we’re holed up inside; a good time to think, write, and draw. We will focus on writing haiku poems and making them into short comics of roughly 3 or 4 panels.
We’ll meet online for eight Sunday sessions. Each time we will look at notable examples of both haiku and cartooning by established masters. The instructor will teach comics-making techniques in each session. A theme and prompt will be given to get you started writing a haiku. Then you will adapt your poem as a short haiku comic. We’ll spend some time writing and drawing together.
Writing poetry helps comics artists know and use words better. Drawing short comics can free up possibilities for poets. Writing haiku can improve our mindfulness and relationship with the world.
Students will be able to share their work privately online, if they wish, to receive instructor and classmate feedback. All skill levels are welcome.
Participants will need:
- Pencils, Paper, an Eraser, a Ruler
- (all optional:) Inking Pens, (or a Digital Drawing Platform), Color Media
This is an ONLINE class. You will need:
- A computer or device that can work with Zoom.
- A scanner or camera would be useful for sharing work online.
- Sundays for 9 weeks, starts January 22th, ends March 26th
- No class will be held on February 19th
- Sessions are from 1pm - 2pm, Pacific/Seattle-local time
Recordings of class sessions are made available for those that miss a session or who would like to review sessions.
Seattle artist David Lasky co-authored the graphic novel Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, which won comics’ Eisner Award in 2013. He is the colorist of the Newbery Honor Book El Deafo. When not drawing comics, he likes to write poetry in his spare time, and sometimes combines art forms to make ‘poetry comics’. David has been a graphic novel instructor for 15 years, teaching to all ages and skill levels.
Participants will receive an invitation to join the Google Classroom at least 48 hours before the first session of the class. Meeting links and class materials will be available in Google Classroom. If you do not receive class information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships are available, please email email@example.com for more information. BIPOC are welcome to sign up using the scholarship ticket option below.