I believe students should be encouraged to develop and support their own ideas based on their personal experiences and viewpoint, while maintaining an open and fresh approach to what exists around them. Visual arts in narrative form give them that platform to explore and express themselves.
Manga is a popular form of comics that would function well in most any class as a tool that activates the information students are learning in a personal context. By telling the stories of history, science and mythology through their own voice, they will effectively retain more information, learn how to research facts, improve their skill set in media literacy, storytelling and drawing, and reflect more deeply on content.
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This course will introduce students to the making of Manga comics as a vehicle for generating stories out of, or in relation to, what they are studying in school. Students will learn how to see and apply narrative structure through the combination of images and words, and will develop skills in cartooning and character development. I have been a teacher for 13 years at the college level and have worked for numerous institutions for after-school programs as well. My residency/workshop will include a variety of exercises to engage the students to think about their school curriculum, personal stories and interests, and develop characters to tell others in the narrative form of manga.
Manga takes students beyond cartooning and illustration into the world of visual storytelling. Participants will explore the Manga genre and how it has developed. Students learn about narrative structure and the various approaches, such as the story being either plot or character driven. Other storytellling elements are covered too, such as conflict in a story and a conclusion. Lastly, student discuss the use of symbolism and will compare Western and Eastern style traditions.
In this residency or workshop series, participants will:
Define Manga and explain its cultural motivations and variations
Analyze the basics of story-telling and explain difference in approach/tone
Make connections between comic books, literature and personal narrative
Imagine possible story lines that would be personally relevant and reflective of what they are studying in class