Late Summer Haiku Comics
Sessions for this class are ONLINE 8/21, 8/28 & 9/11 (no class 9/4) from 1pm - 2:30pm PST (Seattle local time). Recorded sessions are available for those that miss the live session and are registered.
This is a poetry comics class for the end of summer. We will focus on writing haiku poems and making them into short comics of roughly 3 or 4 panels. We’ll meet online for 3 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, and, unique to this class, will also focus on basic watercolor techniques. A prompt will be given to get you started writing a haiku. Then a separate prompt will be given to help you draw and paint your poem as a short haiku comic. We’ll spend some time writing and drawing together. The instructor will also briefly go over subjects ranging from aspects of Japanese history, to literary translation, to manga, to color theory. Students will be able to share their work privately online, if they wish, to receive instructor and classmate feedback. All skill levels are welcome. (This class is for adults.)
About the instructor:
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.
For this class you'll need:
Tech: A Computer or Device with Zoom and Internet access.
A scanner or phone camera would also be helpful.
Pencils, Eraser, Drawing paper
Optional (and strongly recommended):
Writing Paper or Notebook
Inking Pens (ink should be waterproof to use with paints)
- A tray of colors or paint in tubes (or in bottle caps from Push Pull). Have at least three warm colors (i.e. red, orange, yellow) and three cool colors (i.e. blue, green, violet).
- 2 round brushes, a small and a medium size are recommended
- 1 flat brush, medium sized
- a pad of 9 x 12" Canson XL watercolor paper (or student's preferred size and brand of watercolor paper)
A Water Cup for rinsing brushes
Any other preferred color media (colored pencils, markers, etc)
**Registered participants will receive 15% off supplies for this class from Push/Pull. Please verify your discount before checking out. We can provide you suggestions for what will work for your budget and skill level while you are in.**
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